Dog DNA Tests: Why Your Mutt's Makeup Matters - Pets WebMD
Dog DNA tests are fun. And no matter the result, you’ll always love your pup…right??
DNA testing for dogs falls into two, potentially related categories – breed identification and identifying potential disease-causing mutations. Identifying a dog’s breed make-up with a DNA test may point to an increased likelihood of particular conditions developing in the future but is certainly not definitive. On the other hand, tests for specific genetic mutations, some of which are now being included in over the counter dog DNA test kits, are more predictive.
For less than $100, you can purchase the most common type of DNA tests that use simple cheek-swabs to obtain a sample of your dog's DNA. Laboratory analysis compares the dog's DNA sample to the company's database for matching. Presently, the Wisdom Panel Insights test has the largest database for cheek-swab tests and can compare a dog's DNA mix against 185 different breed profiles. The Wisdom Panel Professional, a test available through veterinarians and one that requires a blood sample, compares results against 225 separate breeds.
May 18, 2017 - Dog DNA tests are increasingly popular
Are dog DNA tests accurate? - Click2Houston
From canine clothing to pet resorts for Rover, many dog owners shell out big bucks for puppy perks, treating their four-legged friends like family. The latest trend is DNA testing for dogs. The tests claim to reveal your dog's breed or breeds if you have a mutt. It's information that they say can be useful because some breeds are predisposed to certain medical conditions. Channel 2 wanted to see just how accurate the DNA tests are.DNA My Dog: "As it states on our order form any contamination will affect results. In all but a very few cases we are able to catch it. The test is only as good as the sample and any home based DNA test is subject to the same potential for bacteria and contamination. Especially when it comes to dogs who have high levels of oral bacteria. In our experience, even when it comes to the average consumer. as you call it, people aren't so average when it comes to their dogs! If we provide results that don't make sense to one of our clients they will absolutely be in touch In most cases it is just a matter of explaining the results to them but if something looks "off" we will examine the lab report to see if we can spot anything, we will retest as necessary. I would say in the majority of cases the retests come back the same. Of course for you, since it is a news story, it didn't! But we do retest for anyone who looks like they need a new test We test for 88 breeds representing the most common breeds in the mixed breed population. We limit the breeds to keep the price down, ensure a high level of accuracy and a quick turnaround. We add breeds based on demand and popularity of certain breeds."Wisdom Panel told Channel 2 it screens for more than 250 breeds. DNA My Dog told us it screens for 88 breeds. Pella said tests screening for more breeds usually will lead to more accurate results.While co-ops and rentals may use the tests if specific breeds are banned, in large part, the sales of DNA tests have been fueled owner curiosity and by animal shelters, which to help place pets into homes. When adopting a pet, prospective owners want to know how big the dogs will get, whether they're good with kids and if the dogs might be suitable for, say, apartment living. Knowing the breed makeup can shed light on that. Wisdom Panel even makes a shelter test called DogTrax, which gives fast-tracked results since shelter dogs so often have a short amount of time to find a home. Knowing a dog's breed is also helpful in knowing what health issues for which the dog may be at risk.