DNA Testing for your Dog
Who's your Doggies Daddy?
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.
Why would I want to do this?
I have 3 dogs and always wonder what breed they are. My oldest dog Bailey is 15 years old (in photo) and I have always really wanted to know what breeds she is mixed with. She is one of the best dogs I have ever had with such a wonderful personality. It is really curiosity - I can guess, the doctors can guess, but to really know a DNA test would be great. I think she is a Lab mix - with maybe some Golden Retriever and Shepard. My other 2 dogs are also mystery breed mixes. I think it would be fun to really know and now you can with home DNA testing. I have not done this yet, but I will one dog at a time starting with the oldest.
I do also believe this is available at your vet. I remember my vet talking about it about a year ago and telling me about a seminar she went to on it. I thought it was the coolest thing. I would assume getting a home kit and mailing it in would be less expensive, but I have not compared prices.
Have you ever wondered what breed your dog is?
So how does the home 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.
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.
BioPet DNA Breed Identification
* Use DNA to discover the breeds present in your dog * Painlessly collect your dogs DNA sample and send it to BioPet for quick analysis * Over 60 qualified breeds are on file * Fast results via USPS within 2 weeks * Even a prepaid return envelope for the DNA sample is included
Canine Heritage Dog-Breed Mail-In Test Kit
* 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 dogs breed composition * Infers potential health risks, behavior and personality associated with breeds
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