A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of 23andMe, a company that helps people understand their genetic information using DNA analysis technologies and Web-based interactive tools.
Now, you may be thinking, “That’s great, but what about my dog’s DNA?” Consider your thoughts heard. Just get your hands on the Wisdom Panel 2.0 from Mars Veterinary,a 3-in-1 DIY dog DNA test. It can test for more than 200 breeds and varieties, including 100% of American Kennel Club registered breeds.
Simply take a cheek swab and learn the following in an emailed ancestry report:
There are three ways to interpret the report:
Take a look at the parent
The parent represents about 50% of your dog’s DNA, which mean you are likely to see the most physical and behavioral traits from this breed. Dogs with mixed-breed parents will not have a breed represented at this level.
Take a look at the grandparent
The grandparent represents about 25% of your dog’s DNA. You’ll likely see some physical and behavioral traits from this breed. Dogs with a very mixed ancestry may not have a breed represented at this level.
Take a look at the great-grandparent
A great-grandparent represents about 12.5% of your dog’s DNA. You are unlikely to see many traits from this breed unless they are dominant.
So why bother? The report will give you an explanation of your dog’s unique appearance, behaviors and wellness needs, especially when you don’t know his history or have pedigree documents. Once you get the results back, you can then begin to create a tailored training, exercise and nutrition program. It can also guide your veterinarian so he can be on the lookout for certain diseases.