Do you have a mutt, or Heinz 57 variety type dog? If you’ve acquired your pet from a shelter, their breed might be in question. Maybe you even got your dog from a friend who isn’t quite sure who “got” its mother. You may know what breed the mama dog is, but can only guess at your puppy’s daddy.
Choosing a dog from the shelters can be a guessing game. Your dog may have characteristics that resemble certain breeds, and your vet may even make an educated guess as to what breed the puppy may be. Even the best guesses can be wrong, and your pet’s actual breed may surprise you.
You are probably wondering why it would be so important to know what breeds are in your dog’s lineage. It is important for many reasons, and it is easy to find out with a pet DNA Kit. You can order these kits on line for anywhere from $35.00 to $125.00, depending on what type of kit it is.
The least expensive kits can be done in your own home. You order the kit and it is sent to you by mail. You remove a swab from a sterile pack, swab the inside of your dog’s mouth, seal the swab back up and mail it back. The company analyzes the dog’s DNA and sends you a report of their findings.
There are more expensive dog DNA tests that require a trip to your vet for assistance. These DNA tests take a blood sample from your pet. You can order the kit online, but only your vet can do the blood draw. Some vets are even starting to carry the kits, so you might want to check with your vet, if you are considering testing your dog’s DNA.
Reasons to Test Dog’s DNA: Health
Dogs have many breed specific health issues. Certain breeds are susceptible to hip dysplasia, ear problems, allergies and even types of cancers and blood disorders. Knowing exactly what breed or breeds of dog you have can help you and your vet keep on eye out for any signs of breed specific health problems.
Reasons to Test Dog’s DNA: Characteristics
Different breeds of dogs have varying characteristics. Some are overly hyper and some make good coach potato pets. Knowing if your dog’s breeding is for a working dog, hunting dog, or lap puppy can help you in his training and exercise. Certain breeds require a lot of exercising to keep them healthy and happy, while others are happy just lounging around with you.
Reason to Test Dog’s DNA: Curiosity
Are you tired of telling people you don’t know what breed your dog is? The DNA test will finally solve the mystery, and you may be surprised by what you find out. Different dog breeds resemble each other in many ways, so your guess as to what you think the dog is, may be way off.
If you decide to breed your dog, it may help you in selecting a compatible breed for your dog to mate with. If you want to reproduce some of the characteristics you like in your dog, you’ll know what breed those characteristics came from. Select that breed as a mate for your dog to bring out favorable characteristics and behavior.
Here are just a few sites I found the Doggie DNA Kits on. You can also search on Google, or ask your Vet to recommend a certain type of kit. Again, the prices seem to vary, and the blood DNA testing claims to be much more accurate. (It’s also more expensive, and has to be drawn by your vet.)
1. Wisdom Panel MX:
This one costs $124.99 and must be administered by your vet. The test can detect 157 different breeds and claims to be 90% accurate.
2. American Kennel Club:
This one is the swab kit and can be ordered with no upfront cost. They require a $40.00 payment when you send the kit back to them for processing. The AKC is also offering a $5.00 discount if you pay for the kit when you order it. Order through their on line store.
3. Multiple Tests:
You can order tests for several characteristics at this site. Parentage Verification is $38.00 or you can order a complete Canine Ancestry test for $88.00