What’s in our mutts?
Last year, when doggie DNA testing hit the market, I tried it on my shelter mutt Ace, as part of my research for this story, and found out the answer to the question everyone asked:
“What kind of dog is that?”
Of the 38 breeds the early versions of the test checked for, only two showed up in Ace — Chow and Rottweiler.
The tests, as we reported last month, have come a long way since then.
In the latest version, The Wisdom Panelâ„¢ MX Mixed Breed Analysis, which came out this week from Mars Veterinary, the presence of 157 breeds of dog can be detected through a blood sample.
So we’re going to check Ace again, and see if the results come out differently than they did a year ago when we used the Canine Heritage test, which is administered by a cheek swab.
And ohmidog! is going to give one of you a chance to find out what’s in your mutt, too — for free.
Mars Veterinary has agreed to send us two free kits (one for me, one for the winner of the ohimdog! What’s in Your Mutt contest.) Tune in tomorrow for the contest details.
According to Mars, the new test is 90 percent accurate, and the information gained from using it — in addition to satisfying your nagging human curiosity — can help you work with your vet to refine and develop the way you feed, train and care for your pet, as well as help identify health problems to which your dog might be prone.
The new test detects 153 of the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 158 registered breeds, plus four breeds that the AKC considers foundation stock.
Among the new breeds checked for are Komondor, Neapolitan Mastiff, Otterhound and Black and Tan Coonhound.
In addition to making the new test available in stores and through veterinarians, Mars is sending dogs owners that had the earlier version of the test performed between Sept. 22 and Oct. 20 a free updated report that will include the new breeds.
Those who tested their dog before Sept. 20, 2008 can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a new analysis. If any of the new breeds appear, a new report will be sent out for $25, to cover the cost of printing and shipping the updated report, the company.
(Photo: Ace as a pup)
(Tomorrow: contest details)
Posted by John Woestendiek November 12th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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