Getting your dog a DNA test is a crucial step towards improving the well-being and health of your mixed breed poochie.
Let’s take a closer look
There is misconception surrounding running a DNA test for dogs. Some see it as a scam and a ploy by corporate America to enriching their coffers, but that is not the case.
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Believe it or not, DNA testing for dogs is just like in humans. The sample obtained from your dog is run against a database of genetic markers of common dog breeds in North America to determine the genetic makeup of your dog.
So why should you care?
Your canine buddy is a mixed breed, yeah? You can’t really say what breed; the physical characteristics can only tell you this much, or you just can’t explain it’s “ways.” End your misery dear friend. It’s time to look into the past and discover the roots of your four-legged family member.
Here is the deal, a DNA test can be used to paint a picture of the family tree belonging to your beloved fur baby. Now, who wouldn’t like to know about grandpapa Fido and grandmama Fido?
When next you are at the dog park and asked what breed your canine Fido is, you now have an answer.
And that’s not all!
- Health reasons
Invaluable health information can be obtained from a dog DNA test. A DNA test will determine if your dog is susceptible to a genetic disease or not. For example, the Doberman pinscher is susceptible to a bleeding disorder known as von Willebrand’s disease. Therefore by knowing the precise genetic makeup of your mixed breed you can thus take appropriate steps to prevent or avoid the occurrence of such disease conditions.
Some companies are in the process of formulating breed specific meals to cater for the nutritional and health needs peculiar to such dogs. Knowing the appropriate genetic composition of your dog will thus allow you take advantage of such innovations.
We all have our reasons for keeping a dog. However, you can take it a step further and nurture your dog like a pro based on the information a DNA test provides.
Here is the thing, The temperament, size, and needs of our four-legged friends vary. The German shepherd is active and requires regular exercise. The Doberman is big. And the Rottweiler is well…a ferocious furry!
When you know the actual breed composition of your dog, it becomes easier to relate, handle and train them based on their specific temperaments and needs rather than employing a one size fits all approach.
Making sense of it all: the result of a DNA test will allow you to develop the appropriate health and wellness program for your dog.
Here is how to get your dog a DNA test:
- Choose a dog DNA test kit that offers the most breed options. Your safe bet is to go for kits that provide above 100 possibilities. Currently, the American Kennel Club has 180 recognized breeds; the closer to 180 breed option the better.
- Order for your kit
- Rub the inside of your dog’s cheek with the swab.
- Return the sealed swab to the laboratory you got the kit from.
- Relax and wait for the result within weeks.
It is that simple.
All in all, the sampling is non-invasive, painless and does not require the presence of a veterinarian.