ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DNA testing for your Dog

Updated on December 31, 2010

My dog Dodge as a puppy

Doggie DNA Testing

Have you ever wondered what breed your dog is? I know I do. I have 3 dogs all who were adopted from shelters and I always truly wonder what breed they are. Do you know there is now a way you can find out with a simple mail in DNA test. That's right - if you really want to know and stop all that wondering then all you have to do is buy a DNA test kit send it in and they will send you back the results to end that mystery.

Have you ever wondered what breed your Dog is?

See results

How does DNA testing work?

You need to follow the directions of course from the DNA test you purchase, but it is just a cotton swab you rub in the dogs cheek.  You then take that swab and put it into the container or envelope given and mail it off to the company for testing.  Then you wait for the results to come in the mail which take a few weeks.  When they come back you will learn what breeds were found in your dogs DNA according to a database of breeds the lab has.  if DNA is found from a breed that is not in their data base, it will be assigned to the most closely related breed, or to breeds that are further back in your dog's ancestry.  The breed lists are usually extensive - so you should not have any issues.

Canine Heritage Dog-Breed Mail-In Test Kit

Canine Heritage Dog-Breed Mail-In Test Kit, XL
Canine Heritage Dog-Breed Mail-In Test Kit, XL

* Identifies over 100 AKC recognized breeds

* Safe, non-invasive, sampling method; no blood needed

* Take the DNA sample yourself; no veterinarian needed

* Satisfies curiosity about your dog¿s breed composition

* Infers potential health risks, behavior and personality associated with breeds

 

BioPet DNA Breed Identification

DNA Reveals Dog Heritage

Understanding the DNA

If 2 pure bred dogs are bred together to create a mixed breed puppy. If this mixed breed puppy is bred with another puppy from 2 other breeds then the inherited traits seen in the offspring would not be what you would expect to see. Common sense would indicate that the dog should be 25% of each of the 4 breeds of their grandparents, however when the genetic make up of those puppies is examined then that is not the case. If there were 16 puppies in the litter then 4 of those puppies would be expected to show 25% of each of their grandparents breeds, 8 puppies would only show 3 breeds, and 4 puppies would only show 2 of the breeds. The DNA Breed ID test only shows the Breeds that actually contribute DNA, so the fact that 12 of the 16 puppies do not show all 4 breeds would be shown by the Breed ID Test.

Leave us your feedback

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mulberry1 profile image

      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      I don't have dogs, but I certainly see some that I wonder about their background. I be this could also catch some people lying about a dog's supposed breed.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      sounds interesting - but expensive curiousity!

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      sounds rather interesting - expensive, but interesting!

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      sounds rather interesting - expensive, but interesting!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)