View Full Version : DNA testing and dogs

01-17-2020, 03:06 PM
If one wants to know more about their dog, it looks like the technology is there and available.

As DNA testing has increased in popularity among humans, in order to determine ancestry and give us clues about our health, so have similar tests among mongrel owners keen to know what cocktail of breeds have gone into making up their beloved pup.

DNA testing is particularly popular with those who have adopted a rescue dog from a shelter and were given very little information about its previous life, upbringing and genetic line. Testing your dogís genetics can help you look for any potential warning signs when it comes to their health as some dog breeds are more susceptible to inheriting certain diseases than others. It can also help to determine what kind of behavioural traits you can expect to see in your pet.

DNA testing kits are now extremely advanced and some claim to be over 90% accurate. Many kits are available to purchase online or from Amazon. Testing involves taking swabs from your dogís mouth, posting them back to the laboratory and then awaiting results in the post. You then receive a comprehensive breakdown of the breeds that make up your mutt and usually a family tree that spans a few generations to give you some more detailed information. Itís often noted that the breeds listed donít necessarily line up with how your dog looks. This is due to the fact that physical appearance is controlled by a very small number of genes and the mixture of recessive and dominant variants in the combination of breeds that make up your dog will vary greatly.

Although mixed-breed dogs arenít usually in as high demand as pedigree breeds, there are some that are unusually sought-after such as Yorkiepoos, Goldendoodles and Sprockers to name just a few.

Itís unlikely that the results of a DNA test will change how you feel about your beloved pooch but if you have any health concerns about your dog then itís a good way to help you put your mind at ease.

09-09-2020, 08:10 AM
Actually it is a very practical idea, I think many owners would be interested to find out who was the ancestor of the pet. But I am afraid the price of this service will be huge...

09-09-2020, 06:59 PM
We did a $80 test on our dogs from Wisdom Panel. We were told they were Maltese/Fox Terrier. They came back half Maltese, quarter Chihuahua and the last quarter they couldn't identify but it had potential impact from certain breed groups Terrier, Companion and Hound. They had 1 medical test they did and had an ideal weight calculator. There's no option to download the DNA for your own use.

We watched tons of videos before we bought and some were several hundred dollars. But we didn't "invest" in a dog that costs several thousand dollars.

09-10-2020, 11:29 AM
Probably it is justified if the dog can bring income. It is unlikely that there will be many people willing to do the test for $80 just out of interest.

09-10-2020, 06:30 PM
A lot of videos we watched was for a test that was about $500. I don't think I spent that much on a test for a human! I've always waited for sales before I purchased. I think that test had the most medical results to pour over, kind of like 23andme for dogs. We were just curious about the ancestry portion.

But it will be interesting how this market grows

09-14-2020, 07:45 AM
But it will be interesting how this market grows

I agree with you, I hope market growth will make this service more accessible. And new discoveries will appear:)