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We have three rescue mutts.  Rodrigo and Sydney’s mom was an Australian Cattle Dog and we’re guessing that Rodrigo is also Border Collie and Sydney is part Labrador.  Based on our experience with Rodrigo, we think Blue is Australian Cattle Dog and Border Collie too (we were wrong).

But wouldn’t it be nice to know for sure?

Knowing which breed contributed to your awesome mutt is a great idea for three reasons…

  1. It gives dog owners an idea of any breed specific health issues you may encounter.
  2. It gives dog owners protection against breed specific discrimination.
  3. It gives dog owners a better understand of their dogs behavior.

And one more reason… It would put an end to the guessing!

Petsmart has generously offered to send us a Dog DNA Test

Petsmart is donating a Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed DNA Test Kit to Keep the Tail Wagging so that we can test one of our rescues.  We’re pretty confident about Rodrigo’s breed.  We’re not so confident about Sydney and Blue.  Johan thinks we should test Blue, I think we should test Sydney.  We tested Blue.

Do Dog DNA Tests Work?

I reached out to the dog lover community to ask if they were happy with the results of the dog DNA tests they purchased and loved the response, because (to be honest) I thought the dog DNA tests sold in the stores were a scam.  Out of all of the responses I received, most people used the Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed DNA Test Kit, most were happy with the results and agreed with the breed-mix that created their dog.

Here are the images shared with Keep the Tail Wagging along with the dog DNA test results – can you see it?

Her dad was half Shih-Tzu and half Yorkie and the grandparents and great-grandparents on either side were 100% Shiz-Tzu and Yorkie. Her mom was half Chihuahua and half TOTAL mutt, but they broke down this mutt mix and it was a combination of Mini-Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, Glenn of Imaal Terrier, English Spaniel, and Pekingese.

This made total sense because she doesn’t shed (thanks to her predominantly non-shedding family), she has a Chihuahua tail, and uses her paws like hands which is very poodle. We call her our Yorki-Shu-Chihuahua-Poo :)

~ Sara, Boston

The initial results were that my black fluffy boy had pit bull as his primary heritage. Well, that just couldn’t be true. Turns out that they didn’t have his supposed breed (Puli) in their database so whenever that was the case, the machine popped out Pit Bull. They retested for me and said Poodle, Collie and Shetland Sheepdog were in the mix.

Now do any of those [breeds] sound like a Pit? Don’t get me wrong. Pit Bulls are great dogs but my 25 pound ball of fluff didn’t look or act anything like that breed. He was definitely from the herding group.

~ Susan, Alpha Dog Public Relations

I adopted my dog, Moxie, from a rescue in November of 2009. I was told she was most likely a Yorkie/Maltese mix. In 2011, Moxie got a DNA test for Christmas. I was really surprised when the results came back saying she was Yokie/Japanse Chin mix. When I read up on the breed characteristics of the Japansese Chin and the other breeds that contributed to her DNA, many of her behaviors and tendencies started to make more sense.

I do believe the test was accurate because I am able to recognize some of the physical and behavior traits associated with the breeds and my dog.

~ Karen, MyBargainBuddy.com

I adopted my dog (Stella) from the SPCA and she was labeled Choc. Lab mix. After having her for 6 years now, I think she is more of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Terrier Mix. My husband and I just adore her and wanted to find our her DNA. If the results come back as a poodle/pug mix I’ll know the results aren’t accurate :).

~ Diane (currently awaiting results of the dog DNA test)

“The DNA revealed that Stella is part Labrador Retriever part Borzoi with a sprinkling of German Shepard and hound. After some research on the Borzoi breed, I think my dog has a lot of the traits so it is a possibility. My husband is convinced Stella is a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver/Pit bull mix, but the DNA proves otherwise.”

I thought it was a WASTE! [The results] are NOT what I thought they would be and I still don’t believe them.  They SAID poodle, Irish Setter and Bernese Mountain Dog. To this day I still think he is English Pointer mix.

~ Blaire K, Philadelphia

Sparky was mostly Lab and German Shepherd.  We believe it was accurate, but it wasn’t terribly detailed. I imagine that has improved since–it has been 5 years since I did mine, and Canine Heritage was one of the first products on the scene. It gave the 2 major breeds it found, and a small percentage of unknown other breeds.

~ Lauren R, Virginia

I tested the DNA of my beagle-mix female in 2009 using BioPet Vet Lab. I purchased the kit at PetSupermarket – it was on sale for about $35. The results indicated she has one parent that is a full beagle and the only other DNA they found was from a Doberman Pinscher – certainly an odd combination! I know that not every company has every breed in its database, but I do believe this may be accurate due to her coloring (although I’m thinking maybe miniature pinscher?). Lily’s photo is attached (along with my other dog, a three-legged husky). Both are rescues.

~ Gail M, CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc.

Our Dog DNA Test | Sydney or Blue, Sydney or Blue

As I’m writing this article, we’re waiting for the results of our Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed DNA Test Kit; we received the packet and decided to test Blue.  It was a toss up between Blue and Sydney.  I hope that by the time this article goes live, I’ll have an answer for you.  We’re pretty excited. Update:  we received the results!!

Thank you to Canine Journal for referring dog parents to Keep the Tail Wagging via their Facebook page.

So now it’s your turn!  Have you done a dog DNA test and if you have, were you happy with the results?

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