Are you dying to know your dog’s breed? With a pound puppy or mixed-breed dog, this typically hasn’t been possible. But DNA tests for dogs are becoming all the rage, and are reasonably priced, depending on who you ask. While it may seem crazy, anything is possible with modern technology.
Are they accurate?
While the accuracy of these tests has been called into question by numerous online bloggers, some pet owners have performed their own experiments and deemed them 100% spot on. As claimed on several of the manufacturers’ websites, the more “mixed” your dog is, the less accurate the test results. The tests also only evaluate for a particular list of breeds; your pet may be one of the breeds a test doesn’t screen for.
How much do they cost?
Doggy DNA tests currently range from $45 to $100. They are widely available on the internet from both their manufacturers’ websites and other online retailers. Keep in mind that more expensive does not necessarily mean more accurate. And be sure to check the website or package details to ensure that the breed you suspect your pet may be is on that product’s list.
How do the tests work?
Most of the marketed tests require swabbing the inside of your dog’s mouth to retrieve cells for analysis. Another calls for a blood sample obtained by a veterinarian. Whichever the method, the sample is then mailed to the manufacturer in a pre-addressed envelope, where their labs analyze it. In two to three weeks the results are then mailed to your home!
What types of dogs do they work on?
DNA tests are available for over 250 breeds; it depends on the test. It’s best to select a few breeds you suspect your dog may be and choose a test that includes them. Your veterinarian may be able to help suggest some breeds if you’re not sure where to start. The accuracy of some tests on purebred dogs has been disputed, but some companies have different types of DNA tests for mixed breeds, purebreds, and “designer” dogs.
If you are curious about your dog’s genetic history, a doggy DNA test is an option for you. Your test will be more accurate if you narrow your search down to a few breeds you think your dog may be, and select a test that will screen for them. Good luck, and happy DNA hunting!