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Dog DNA Testing: Part 1

I’m sure you’ve heard of dog DNA testing. Have you ever done it? Or know someone who has?

We were curious and decided to give it a try here in the office to see how the process works and let you know what we think!

Our DNA test kit

The test from Canine Heritage Breed Test just arrived in the mail today, and I was surprised at how compact and simple it is! It’s just a few pieces of paper and a mouth swab. I filled out the form which mainly consisted of contact information, dog’s name, etc. There is a little card with directions and images of exactly how to swab your dog’s mouth. So far, super user-friendly!

Another card has a check-list of all the steps you need to take for the entire process and even a space to write down your individual test number. What I thought was neat is that you have the option to upload a photo of your dog to their website and that photo will be printed on your “Certificate of DNA Breed Analysis”.

Time to swab!

Swabbing her mouth (not the tongue!)

I spun the swab brush around Ellie’s cheek a couple of times. It seemed to tickle her, but she didn’t really mind. Put the stick back into the package and into the envelope along with the submission form.

Ellie even relieved me the duty of licking the envelope!

Ellie licked the envelope

Off it goes in the mail!

Stay tuned for next time! (I wonder how long it’s going to take…)

What breed am I?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

5 Responses to Dog DNA Testing: Part 1

  1. We did DNA breed testing on our dog Kirby. We adopted him from a shelter and everybody was positive he was a Corgi/Beagle mix however my husband had his doubts so he tested him. Sure enough, he was mostly Pembroke Welsh Corgi but he has a dash of Australian Shepherd?? Absolutely no mention of a beagle in there… It took several weeks to get the test results back.

  2. Locksley says:

    I had a DNA test done – by the same company: Canine Heritage Breed Test! There are two kinds – one with more breeds included, and one with less. We did the max!

    The shelter had listed me as an “Afghan Hound Mix” so we were curious to see if that was true. We thought more likely I was a German Shepherd mix – maybe with Collie or Golden Retriever.

    The was super easy to do. The results said I was primarily German Shepherd, but my Secondary Breed was Collie. Then “In The Mix” was Doberman and Shetland Sheepdog! That part was a surprise!

  3. Sounds like a fun endeavor! How much did the swab cost? I imagine there are unique DNA markers for each breed and the scan the ones easiest to test for.

    I would guess your dog has part german short haired pointer (or other closely related breed) and part something else? Was going to guess shepherd but the shepherd mixes usually have faces that look like shepherds ;)

  4. Joe says:

    I work at a large vet clinic and we’ve used all the different places that do the canine DNA. Now having done these tests on over 100 of our pet clients, we refer them to the DNA Diagnostics Center. They are the ones you see on TV doing the human DNA but they also have a Pet DNA site http://www.vetdnacenter.com/

    We have found them to be the most accurate and reasonably priced…and they just need a cheek swab sample as well.

  5. Victoria says:

    We use a company in Canada called DNA My Dog. I think they are related to BioPet DNA testing in the US. I believe most companies are accurate. It is DNA after all I work in a shelter and we sell the test to adopters who just love it. It is very cool. Especially on some of thep uppies that we have no idea about.

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