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Vicki   Oceanside, NC

9/23/2008 2:58:34 PM

I paid to have the Wisdom Panel test done in May and was dissapointed. My dog appears to have some traits of the animals detected in him, but resembles none of them at all. Wouldn't do it again.

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Yogy   wakefield, RI

9/23/2008 2:12:48 PM

Would these firms be willing to test my exwives?

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Samantha   Egg Harbor, NJ

9/21/2008 2:01:51 PM

What a waste of money what difference does it make what your dog is mixed with. too much focus is being put on these so called Hybird dogs and people spend way too much money on mutts just love your dog no matter what and take the money you would have spent on dna testing and put it away for a rainy day

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Sarah   Cleveland, Go Indians!, OH

9/20/2008 2:04:41 PM

Wow! I would love to get my dog tested for this, I've heard so many things about her. Some people say she looks like a Belgain Malinois, while others say boxer, a greyhound, german sheperd, a lab and even a pit bull, so I am not sure what to think. She does somewhat look like a mixture of all those breeds, but who even knows; she just might be part poodle?! Also: PLEASE HELP YOUR LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETIES BY SPAYING AND NUETERING YOUR PET. AND ALSO, DOGS AND CATS FROM BREEDERS ALREADY HAVE HOMES, ONES AT SHELTERS DON'T, SO LEND A PAW AND ADOPT FROM SHELTERS TODAY!!

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Judy   Rio Linda, CA

9/20/2008 5:07:17 AM

I would have liked to 'clone' Mr. 'Spud' Wonderful. I was told that might not produce another "Spud". He was a "Guess this breed" dog. His markings were like a Rottweiler, but he was a ?X?. The _one_, the _only_ Mr. Spud wonderful.

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Linda   Muskego, WI

9/19/2008 8:05:11 PM

The testing intrigues me and often wonder what my dog is mixed with. Not sure if I would or would not pay for it.

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sonja   parlin, NJ

9/19/2008 6:04:03 PM

NO way. I would not waist my money on this! I determine breed ID's at a shelter and you know what? they would prob tell me the great dane has chihuahua in it!!!!!!!!

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kaeloni   San Diego, CA

9/19/2008 5:59:24 PM

they are soooo cute!

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Julie   Salt Lake, UT

9/19/2008 4:54:51 PM

I won't be running out to get this test done on my dogs. It won't change the way I interact with my dogs. I will let them do whatever they seem inclined to do (ie...herding, resting, whatever)

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Shanna   Granger, WY

9/19/2008 11:32:30 AM

This is a new science, not 100% accurate yet. I noticed with Koji that both tests found chow, and Lab, but they also showed a lot of "herding" breeds--which can also have genetic markers similar with the sight hounds (hence Scottish Deer Hound, of which it might be mentioned COULD be in the history of another Scottish breed, the Collie, of which other herding breeds were further derived from)--most sight hounds can be traced as a root for early dog breeds, especially herding dogs--kind of like the Arabian Horse in Horses--answer D looks the most likely based upon appearance alone, I would find the Wisdom Panel test probably the more reliable of the two, because of what I know of all breeds dog breed history and
origins.

I have a knack for guessing breeds, and I wish ALL shelter workers did too. There is also the idea of breed density in an area, because it is probably more likely that a black and tan dog in the city is more likely to be part GSD, Dobie, min pin (for small dogs) or Rottie, than Black and tan coon hound(I have known some shelter workers to "fib" on this one, especially regarding b/t puppies, because of the stigma related to the afore mentioned breeds--which DOESN'T help the dog in the long run). With puppies it is harder to tell until they are more mature, but if the mother is availble a close guess might be made as to at least
"part".

Hattie was probably a result of a "designer dog" stray (probably a Chihuahua/Mini Schnauzer-male)and an Aussie/lab mix--both of which are common mix breeds people are more likely to own one or the other
of.

Max was a toughy. I don't see the Schnauzer or Dachshund in this one. Most shorty breeds when crossed have longer bodies and shorter legs, even in a first 50/50 mix, and every schnauzer mix I have ever met or owned usually has a "scruffy" wild or wirey coat (more similar to Hattie)--not always of course--but the wirey or scruffy coat is usually a dominant trait to be passed in the Schnauzer mixes I have known.


Pomeranians and Keedhondin are "spitz" breeds so they might have similar genetic markers to eachother on a test, so rather than listing one or the other in a test, they might list ALL possiblities. SO I do see a "spitz" breed in there somewhere--my first thought was Basenji, the face and ears are VERY like a Basenji--and I would think they might have "spitz" type genetic markers as well...don't know for
sure.

Obviously it's not an exact science yet, and where ALL breeds were/are created and/or derived by mixing the desired traits of numerous breeds there will have to be a system of refinement to perhaps lump into categories and then pick the most likely based upon temperament/size/height/weight and breed specific habits or quarks. I would imagine that listing ALL possiblities regardless of the above info is these companies way of not ruling out something that showed up, even if it was a tiny bit.

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Anne   Batavia, NY

9/19/2008 9:43:01 AM

This is baloney. A smooth coated breed having 3 long coated breeds? Not possible. A wqaste of money.

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Johnnie   San Angelo, TX

9/19/2008 4:28:33 AM

This is informational and fun. i understand that it is a "new" science and will get better. Size, weight, age, markings might be nice.

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Karen   Weston, WI

9/18/2008 10:39:55 PM

Not much agreement between the 2 companies - I'm not going to run out to get my dogs tested just yet.

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Deronda   Mesa, AZ

9/18/2008 9:38:03 PM

Great exercise. Next time it would help if you could provide size and weight... This was really fun though.

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Zena's Mom   Rochester, NY

9/18/2008 8:39:19 PM

I guessed right on them all. Always had a talent for that since I was very young. I see Otter Hound in that last one, Hattie. The Chihuahua must of just snuck in there somehow, they are a very sly breed, LOL.

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Sheila   OLiver, BC

9/18/2008 7:56:20 PM

Now this was challenging and fun. I did get one dog right! I really want to get my dog done. More please!!

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Nancy White   Winnsboro, SC

9/18/2008 7:19:11 PM

That is to cool! I want to hug "Hatti" she just looks like a big teddy bear... I do not see the Chihuahua in her though...lol

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Becky   Hastings, MN

9/18/2008 9:11:25 AM

I never would have guessed some of those breeds, especially in Max! This was fun. Something like it should show up more often.

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Diane   Franklin, NY

9/18/2008 6:30:14 AM

this was fun to play but since the test results varry from the different testing companies, you have to wonder what the true mixes are. I would love to play this weekly in your fun and games section BUT with dogs whose mix you actually know. (like if you know the mom was a purebred something) It would be helpful to shelter workers and rescuers who want to improve their breed identifying skills.

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Julia   New York, PA

9/15/2008 2:49:58 PM

OMG!!!!
Koji is the cutest little
thing!
I want a dog that looks like him!

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