Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

Have a mix breed dog? Ever wonder exactly what's the genetic makeup of your dog? I have two mix breeds (mutts) and look at them all the time and wonder. They have some really cool DNA Breed Tests out on the market today. Some brands have more breeds included in their DNA tests than other so research them carefully.

I found a great test that a friend of mine used on her dog and it came back with great accuracy. It made me even more curious about mine. I am going to use the Wisdom Panel DNA Test. It has the most breeds available out of all the DNA kits out there right now - over 185 to be exact. The kit has super simple instructions, arrived quickly and is very easy to use (per my friend).

Once you send the test off, you will receive an email in just a few days to let you know they have received the samples. In less than three weeks, you will receive another email to let you know that they have completed the processing and your pooch(es) breed report will available online via PDF. Super easy!

Wisdom Panel is running a special right now on their breed tests which you can purchase online for only $69.99. Plus, if you use the coupon code INSIGHTS10 (all caps or it won't work) then you'll get another $10 off so the test is only $59.99. What a great deal!

Wisdom Panel has other Canine DNA Tests available too. To check them out click here. If you don't want to wait to get your DNA test Petsmart sells the tests as well. They cost a little more money and only have a 170 breed database but you can get it quick.

Curious now as to what type of mixed breed you may have? Click here to play a fun, quick online game to guess what your dog's breed(s) might be.

Finding out what type of dog you have won't only satisfy your curiosity. It will also help you in determining what kinds of genetic disorders (if any) to watch out for. It will also help you tailor training, exercise and nutritional programs to your dog's specific needs.    

I am going to test our little Sadie and Macy Gray soon. I'll post the results once I've run the tests and got the results back. Can't wait! :-)


Stewey said...

That sounds interesting, but I'm a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi (not a mutt). Oh well...

Chihuahua Girl said...

Hi Stewey! Oh, how lucky you are not to have to go through an identity crisis like my two mix breeds. ;-) My two Chihuahua's don't have to deal with that either. Haha.

Welsh Corgi's are awesome. We fostered one for a while a few years back. She was in one word...PRECIOUS!

Happy Thursday to you! :-)

~ Tina
Park Avenue Chihuahua