Friday, September 12, 2014

To Test or Not to Test

What am I?
I have been thinking about getting DNA tests for the dogs. I am so sorry I can't remember whose blog I read about the importance of getting these tests done (see my Monday post about last week and you will know why everything left my head - it might be a miracle I know I read a post about it LOL!). They made some great arguments about knowing the breed for temperament issues. This and Heart Like a Dog's Caring for Critter's Round Robin, a Round Robin about health problems (our post will be on September 20th), has me thinking about the genetic/breed health issues we may not know because we don't know the breeds of our dog.

While I have always enjoyed having the mystery mutt, I am thinking about getting it done. The cost seems reasonable (about $60).  I just don't know if we will get the information we want. It says common breeds are in the database. So I am worried that the money may not give us the answers.

My question to all of you: Have you had the DNA of your dog tested?  If yes, how was it? What company did you use?

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  1. No we haven't had it done as we have some idea but really we are not that bothered but the reviews we have seen have been really interesting so they are not a waste of money for sure. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Hari Om
    I am rather of the opinion that accepting what one gets is the way to go. Of course, if there are health issues looming, or there is concern of breed content (folk are awfully upset when anything showing 'square head' these days...) perhaps there is argument for this. Certainly not a fortune to spend. If 'common breeds' is all that is offered though, it is debatable as to benefit.

    Any good vet can assess - or any experienced Canine Freak like myself for example - can give you good indications; for eg even from photographs I would point to Zaphod being predominantly GSD with some English Rough Collie in the line. Hailey has the distinct look of Border Collie crossed and temperament I have read about thus fur confirms that, plus some terrier perhaps and size again might indicate a Labrador connection.... in the end though it boils down to; Are they happy? Are they healthy as can be at this time? Does concerning oneself with 'potential disorders' give peace of mind or keep one anchored in the future, rather than in the now of enjoying the pet before you...? In general, mixed breeds have stronger constitutions and are much less likely to throw up problems which are breed specific.

    If you trust your vet (and there is not commission attached to such things which may sway opinion), then that's the person to be asking.

    ....well that was a bit of an essay but you did ask a question! Every now and then YAM-aunty has her say... Hugs to you and wags to the wigglers. Y xx

  3. I have purebreds, but I have lots of friends with mutts who've done the DNA tests. They're pretty bogus. Fun, but not accurate. A common Pit mix will come back as some obscure mix of Pit Bull and practically unheard of rare breed (Pumi, anyone?).

  4. Although we call Freya our miss mutt, she's pure Cavalier. But no matter what paws are, even when the results come back, still be your beloved paws the same you had before the tests. :-) X X X

  5. Can't help you out on this one.

    Aroo to you,

  6. Chuckles - every dog breeder in the world will tell you that even though the breed may be the same - the personality and characteristics of each individual dog will differ hugely. Look at my boys - both of them are AKC registered pedigree shelties, both come from champion lines....are yet personality wise - they are as different as chalk and cheese. So knowing what breeds of dogs maybe in your dogs - doesn't really tell you what personality traits they may have...or what kinds of illnesses they may inherit. $60 on some nice treats, new leads and toys sounds like a better plan :) :)

  7. We have NOT had this done. We really like what Reilly and Denny said.
    Our mom and dad always tell about the Twin Brother dachshunds... angels Baron and Sarek... who did NOT act alike and did not look alike in body shape... and not even the same COLORS... and remember they were WOMB MATES. TWINS who were as different as apples and elephants.

  8. We were just thinking about that for a furiend of ours!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Moms friend had it done. Her pup is 87 different things
    Lily & Edward

  10. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! We have not had that done. But my person would like to put $20 down as a bet that Cousin Lee has kelpie in her. I guess that would make her our friend Simon's cousin too! Can I be a cousin to Lee, and can Simon be a cousin to Lee too? I hope so, because I like having a cousin!

  11. I've not had one done, so i'm not sure which company to recommend.
    Happy Friday!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  12. I've seen other blogs commenting on the tests, but I don't know how truly accurate they are. It'll be fun to find out though!

    Monty and Harlow

  13. One of the benefits of breeding a rare breed means I have long pedigreeson them. We even have pictures of many of their ancestors. I would like to know the breeds of Sebastian and the two little girls but I don't think the DNA tests are trustworthy yet.

  14. We did it and are glad we did. I'm using my Kindle to comment so it's difficult to add a link to my post. We used Wisdom panel and thought the process was easy. I think it's good to have some breed info like you said for health reasons. I don't agree with Nola's mom that it's bogus. I think the breeds indicated for our two were spot on and confirmed a lot about their personalities. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it.


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