If you have a mixed-breed dog, have you ever wondered just what is in your own dog’s genetic makeup? With dog DNA tests, pet owners have a simple way to find out more about their furry buddy.
Why should you consider DNA testing for your dog? Understanding the breeds in your dog’s background can help you better understand his ancestry, and how that contributes to his behaviors and physical characteristics. Armed with the results, you and your veterinarian can also be on the lookout for breed-specific medical issues.
Home pet DNA kits have been around since 2007, and nowadays, there are many manufacturers of pet DNA kits. Pet owners order the kit, and then take a sample from their dog using a simple cheek swab, which is simple enough for pet owners to do at home. After the sample is gathered, pet owners simply mail it back to the lab for analysis. The results are typically available in a few weeks.
While the tests are not always 100% accurate, it can be fun to receive your dog’s DNA breed analysis and discover his “roots”! Remember, whatever the results, everything about your own dog is unique and special!