What Kind of Dog Is This?

You might be surprised by the results of our mixed-breed DNA tests.

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We chose three of our readers’ mutts to have genetic breed testing done. Then we asked you to guess their breeds. Hundreds of readers gave their best guess, but only a few answered correctly. Find out if you were on the money — or way off mark.

Bella
Owner:  Yukari Mannon of Silverdale, Wash.
Significant breed: None
Intermediate breeds: German Shepherd Dog, Lhasa Apso, Pomeranian, Rottweiler
The editors say: Bella has many breeds in her, some we can see a hint of. She looks most like a German Shepherd Dog, particularly her ears — but her impressive tail hints at her Pomeranian ancestry, as does her color. As for Rottweiler and Lhasa Apso, it’s anyone’s guess.

 

Willow
Owner: Carie Siria of Conay, Ark.
Significant breed: Miniature Poodle
Intermediate breed: Papillon
The editors say: Willow’s small but sturdy frame is definitely inherited from the Miniature Poodle, but her coloring, large ears, and arched tail point to the Papillon. Siria says Willow loves playing with her tennis ball — she must have also inherited a Poodle’s love of retrieving.

 

Rocky
Owner: Janet Nedved of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Significant breed: None
Intermediate breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Chinese Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever
The editors say: We see definite influences of the American Staffordshire Terrier, particularly in his strong build, coat, color, and ears. The Labrador Retriever and Chinese Shar-Pei ancestry may be expressed in his temperament or other behavioral traits, but not so much in his physical traits.

 

Congratulations to Richard C. of Arizona, who correctly guessed breeds in all three dogs. He wins the Wisdom Panel Professional Mixed-Breed Genetic Analysis test, which detects more than 200 breeds, starting at $125. Cathy M. of New York and Kathy M. of New Mexico, both correctly guessed breeds in two of the three dogs. They each win the Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test, which tests for more than 170 breeds, a $79.99 value.

Special thanks to Mars Veterinary, which provided the Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Tests used to detect the breeds for the dogs in this contest. For more information, visit www.wisdompanel.com

 See last year's results >>

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