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Why Should I do a Dog Breed DNA Test?

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Curiosity? Or you want to know more about health related issues your dog could suffer? Or maybe you just want the gold stamped quality assured certificate with your doggie’s photo and breeds on it!

There are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea and also they can make a great gift for a loved one who is a dog lover. Our dog DNA test identifies the breeds in your mixed-breed dog by using a home DNA mouth swab test. No blood test needed! The results will help you understand the genetic heritage of your doggie, their unique traits and predisposition to ill health – this test is key to pet welfare which will allow you to maximize your pet’s health. The test starts from just £49 for testing 1 dog with results in 2-3 weeks from the moment we receive your samples.

How do I do the test on my dog?

The dog breed DNA test is easy and can be done on any mixed breed dog. It is a quick process and can bring to light things about your dog that most people would never dream of.

The testing process itself is so quick and easy thanks to our Dog DNA testing kit. It can be done in under a minute using the sterile mouth swabs we send you. All you have to do is gently press and swish the swab around the inside of your dog’s mouth, alongside the inside of the cheek. Once we have your dog’s DNA profile, we will compare it against all the dog breeds we have in our database to look for matches between your dog’s DNA and the breeds we have collated. There are no serious precautions with this test; just be sure your dog does not eat or drink anything before taking the sample and keep him or her away from any water bowls, toys, bones, that have been used by other dogs as this could contaminate the DNA sample.

Note: This test is made for mixed-breed dogs and will not determine whether your dog is pure bred. Click here for a list of all the breeds covered by this test.

What can I expect from the dog breed DNA test?

    • Expect a full list of all of the breeds your dog has in their DNA. The full breed composition will include lots of different levels, based on the amount of DNA your dog shares with a given breed. Any breed mixes found over 75% is a level 1 mix, and any breed that is 5% or less is considered a level 5.
    • You will have a certificate showing the breed mix, key traits, and an official gold stamp of quality (if you wish, you may also send a photo of your dog to include in the certificate).
    • Results include a breakdown of what kind of illnesses and health complications are associated with the individual breeds that your dog is genetically made of (certain dog breeds are genetically predisposed to certain diseases). Knowledge of this information could mean a longer and healthier life by helping you to make proactive choices about your dog’s health. Some of the diseases we include could be life-threatening and others may be a little less serious (such as watery eyes and deafness as they age) – but as a dog owner, don’t you feel you ought to know?
    • Expect a guide to show you exactly what personality traits you should expect from your dog based on their breeds. You will be able to work out the best kind of training programme, discover how to best reward them, help them exercise and overall live out a much happier life.

The results will speak for themselves. If you have been wondering “what kind of mixed breed dog do I have?” and wish to provide the best for your canine pet, helping your doggie live a better life, the answer is here. Get your canine breed DNA test right now! Order here: Dog Breed DNA Test

What will my results look like?

Here is an example of the certificate you will receive and the notes which tell you more about the breed and it’s possible health issues.

IBDNA UK DNA My Dog Certificate

What factors can affect the testing of my dog’s DNA?

Experience indicates that approximately 2.3% of all DNA Dog testing will give results that are inaccurate or cannot be interpreted. Reasons could be:

  • Dogs have very high levels of oral bacteria which may result in degeneration of the sample before our DNA extraction process commences.
  • The current thoroughly isolated DNA markers in the available database up to the present date represent the most common breeds found in the North American mixed breed dog population.

Note: Our tests cover the most prevalent breeds of dogs found in mixed breeds dogs. There are certain breeds of dogs which may not be covered in our test as we will not have this particular dog breed DNA in our database.

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