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What Breed is my Dog? The Canine Heritage Breed Test Solves the Puzzle

Updated on January 16, 2013

Mutts finally get to know their genetic heritage


Ever debated if your mutt is part Doberman? Or perhaps part hound?  What if it is has that ''something'' that reminds you of a Husky? If your mixed breed's appearance leaves you puzzled, today, its composing breeds can be traced down thanks to the advances in DNA technology. With the puzzle pieces finally put together, now you may know why your dog likes to sniff like a bloodhound or enjoys to pull you on the leash like only a good Husky does. 

Thanks to the Canine Heritage Test, you can finally know what breeds of dog compose your mixed breed dog. Finding out will not only be fun and satisfy your curiosity but it may help you understand your canine companion better. You may now understand why your dog likes to herd, guard, swim or dig. It can also help you figure out which hereditary disorders your dog may develop further along the way and help you veterinarian recognize them promptly. 

The laboratory performing the DNA test is MMI Genomics, Inc. (MMIG). MMI Genomics has been in the canine DNA testing business for over 15 years. This lab has also been a service provider for important registries such as the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC) and Professional Kennel Club (PKC).

How does dog DNA testing work?

But how does the Canine Heritage Test exactly work? The test will basically cross reference your dog's DNA against over 100 breeds of dogs so to find some matches. The DNA sample can be taken from your dog is a safe, pain free way and best of all, from the comfort of your home. All you will have to do is collect a DNA sample using the special DNA Collection Brush included in the kit. The sample is simply taken by swabbing the brush against the dog's cheek by following the instructions carefully. 

Once collected, the sample can be dropped into a mail box along with the sample submission form in pre-paid return mailer. The sample will then undergo an attentive analysis where your dog's DNA markers will be compared to those specific to more than 100 purebred dogs. After about four to six weeks, a Certificate of DNA Breed Analysis form will be sent back to you. If you have submitted a picture, it will also be present on the certificate. 

Knowing your dog's heritage can be fun, very interesting, and will ultimately help you understand your canine companion better. All owners of mixed breeds should get a Certificate of DNA Breed Analysis for their dog. Knowing your dog's genetic makeup will ultimately give you invaluable health and behavioral information.


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      Jeff and Ranay 7 years ago

      This is some great information. Another thing knowing this information is good for is choosing the right diet for your best bud. There is some research that indicates a dog will do best with the diet of is ancestral background, i.e. a Border Collie would do great with lamb and poultry, where as a German Shepard would do better with beef. I also like the point you make about it being helpful to your veterinarian, as some ailments are breed specific. Besides I think it would just be a lot of fun to know your pals ancestry.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We have recently taken a shelter dog that is largely Siberian Husky but we do not know what else.Sha has many Siberian characteristics but some that are not.


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