DNA Testing Has Gone to the Dogs – Find Out the Genealogy Behind That Dog You Rescued at the Pound
Posted Jun 02 2010 11:22pm
Who’s your doggie’ daddy? In addition to finding out the ancestry you can better understand your dog’s temperament and behavior if you know the his/her breed lines and be aware of some health risks that might come along with some types.
You might have some fun getting the swab of saliva but many dog will “drool” it out for you easily (grin). This is the same company that will analyze and find out “who pooped” when trying to figure out who’s the person without the pooper scooper in the community if this is an issue that needs to be dealt with. BD
From the website:
“The DNA of any dog governs the appearance of the dog as well as being related to the general behavioral characteristics of the breed. In recent years, there has been a great deal of research performed on how differences in DNA give rise to the differences that are seen between breeds. Advances in DNA testing technology mean that it has become possible to identify the ancestry of any dog by performing a simple test using a cheek swab. The DNA required for the test to be run is isolated from cells that are trapped on the swab. All cells carry the same genetic material, regardless of type or location in the animal. Taking a cheek swab is therefore the easiest way to obtain the samples needed for testing”
Just like similar tests intended for humans, all that’s required is taking a cheek swab of saliva from Fido and sending it off to the BioPet Vet Lab . There the sample will be analyzed and a determination of the breeds that have contributed to the makeup of your dog will be made. The whole process from receipt of the sample to a detailed report landing on your doorstep should take less than two weeks. The company says it believes that 92.5% of the mixed breed dog population in the USA is covered by its 62 validated breeds – with more breeds being added all the time.