A while back, I wrote a post about DNA testing after taking the Ancestry.com DNA test. I loved finding out what my roots were. (Eastern European) and that I might be able to track down distant cousins. But, I’ve also been curious about what breeds my dogs were because they’re both mutts. A neighbor mentioned she had used the Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test for her dogs and recommended it.
As soon as I got home I went online and searched until I found the Mars Veterinary site. Unlike the Ancestry DNA test, which requires you to collect a good amount of spit into a bottle, the dog DNA test was a simple brush against their inner cheek.
My dogs were a little annoyed when I stuck the brushes in their mouths but didn’t give me too hard of a time.
I collected 3 samples per dog on separate brushes, popped them into the mailer that came with each kit and sent it off to be analyzed.
About my two darling rescue mutts
A nice man found Minnie Mae wandering along with her brother on Melrose Ave, in West Hollywood when she was an 8-week old puppy. (She’s 9-years old now) My daughter met him when he came into a restaurant she was working at. They got into a conversation and he told her about the puppies.
He wanted to keep the male and give away the female. My daughter said she was looking for a dog to give me as a birthday present and that she might be interested. She met Minnie Mae, who was a dirty 2 lb mess from wandering around, took her home, gave her a bath and brought her to my house. I immediately fell in love. The vet thought she was a MinPin mix, but I swore she was part Gremlin.
Louie showed up when Doug was taking Minnie Mae on a walk. He didn’t have a collar and clearly wasn’t fixed. Doug was afraid he’d get run over in the street so he called me in a panic, not knowing what to do. (He doesn’t deal with crisis well.) We brought Louie home, put signs up in the neighborhood, and waited a week until someone called to claim him. A week later he showed up again. We took him back to the woman’s house and 2 days later, she showed up with Louie and all his things. She asked if we could keep him because she worked all day and neighbors taunted him with fireworks in the yard.
The thought of him being tortured like that was heartbreaking so we said okay. We planned to find him a good home, but Doug fell in love with him so he’s been with us ever since. Our vet estimated he was 4 years old (he’s now 13) and we had him fixed so he wouldn’t roam. He tried a couple of times and once ran across a busy street, practically giving me a heart attack, but by some miracle survived. The vet guessed he was a chihuahua mix, but later another vet insisted he was a rat terrier. After looking at dog photos online, we were convinced the 2nd vet was right.
Dog DNA surprises
We were eager to get the test results. Louie’s came in via email 3-weeks after I sent in the tests and it was a shocker. Louie wasn’t a rat terrier at all. He was 75% chihuahua and was mixed with 3 non-specific breeds that included terrier, hound, and companion dog. A chihuahua is technically a terrier but there wasn’t specific “rat terrier” DNA in the mix.
Minnie Mae turned out to be 50% chihuahua, 12.5% Lhasa Apso, 12.5 % Pekingese, and 25% non-specific breeds of herding, hound, terrier, and sporting dogs. The Chihuahua, Lhasa Apso and Pekingese are all ancient dogs. I always knew she was divine! She even had a show dog in her ancestry.
The Dog DNA website
The test results are all online on the Wisdom Panel™ site. You can print out a certificate for your dog with their ancestry tree. You can even post your dog and their results on the site in their online “Dog Park.” It was all very easy and you can come back to the site whenever you like.
Why should you do a dog DNA test?
One of the most important reasons is to look out for potential health issues. If you know the breed or mixes of breeds you may be able to prevent problems in the future. With your results, you’ll receive:
- Identification of purebred ancestors present in the first three generations (to the great-grandparent level)
- A predicted weight profile
- Information about the physical traits your dog may exhibit
- Testing for the MDR1 genetic mutation Testing for Exercise-induced Collapse (EIC)
Eddie the Dog from Frazier was a Jack Russell Terrier. His real name was Moose. He wrote a book called, “My Life as a Dog.”
Do you have dogs and want to know what their dog DNA is? Have you already had your dog tested? Please leave a comment below.