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Wisdom Panel 3.0 has asked me to share why you should consider testing your mixed-breed dog’s DNA. I love dogs. Purebreds or mutts, big or small, puppies or seniors, I love them all! I am against breed-specific legislation. You may wonder why I think testing a mixed breed’s DNA is a sound idea.
There are a few reasons; the first is just plain old fun and curiosity. I’ve always thought that Alice’s dog Franny is part Shepherd. Alice hopes that Franny is part coonhound.
Interestingly enough, it turns out you can’t determine breed based on appearance! A tiny percentage (less than 1%) of a dog’s genes determines the physical appearance. When looking at a mutt, the dog may bear little to no resemblance to the dominant breeds that may influence health factors.
The second, more important, reason is that certain breeds run the risk of health problems. If you know your pet is at risk for certain health issues, you may be able to prevent, minimize, or diagnose and then treat the problem more quickly.
Specifically, Wisdom Panel tests for MDR1 gene mutation MDR1 are Multi-Drug Resistance, a genetic mutation found in many of the herding breeds, some sighthound breeds, and many mixed breed dogs. This mutation may cause dogs to have an adverse reaction to conventional drugs. 70 % of Collies have this mutation, while only about 5% of Old English Sheepdogs do. Wisdom Panel 3.0 screens for over 250 breeds, including all of the AKC recognized breeds, providing background information to the great-grandparent level and offer a predicted weight profile. If a dog is waiting to be adopted, the predicted weight profile could be important to prospective adopters, and I guess it could help you decide if you needed to get a bigger place to live.
A third reason to consider having your dog’s DNA tested is to determine the likely energy level of a dog. While I think you can generalize to some degree about breeds, Border Collies tend to be higher energy than Pugs. It is important to remember all dogs are individuals. You should never value the breed generalizations over what you know your dog is comfortable doing.
Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test Kit includes:
- DNA cheek swabs – all for use on one dog
- Drying insert for swabs
- Pre-paid return shipping box
To test your dog’s DNA, just swab the dog’s cheeks, dry the swabs. Activate the test online and receive a code to label your test, mail it in, and in about three weeks, you’ll get the results.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits, and photography for small businesses. She has three dogs of her own.