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Old 06-23-2009, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know if this part of the forum is the appropriate place to ask this question. I adopted a puppy about a week ago and he is a big time mutt. So far I can determine three breed which is doberman/
Sharpei/ and GSD (maybe). I was wondering if anybody on here have done these type of testing where you swab the inside of the mouth and send it out for the lab to evaluate. I found a couple of test kits on Amazon for about $60. Is is worth and is it accurate? TY in advance.
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I have heard that only the blood test ones, pulled by a veterinarian, are accurate.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For what I've read here and in other sites... those DNA test are a waste of money, with results as "Pomerania" in a 100 lbs. mutt.

And considering the individual variation you find Inside a breed. What useful information you can find if you narrow your guesses to 4, 6 breeds?
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I've heard that the ones that charge more do so because they do a more detailed analysis & have a larger range of breeds to detect from. And the less expensive ones are not so reliable.
Don't know if that's true as I have no first hand experience. I know someone who paid 99 and her dog's 3 primary breeds seemed to be accurante for the dog's character & appearance.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We did the DNA testing over a year ago with our previous dog who we knew was GSD/something. Well it came back with GSD and unkown as they don't test for pit, but it helped us rule out great dane, boxer, lab and maybe another. I'm on my phone right now, but the next time I get on the computer I will look up who we used - at the time they tested for the 40 most popular breed but now its like 130.

Anyways, depending on your budget, its totally cool to do I think.
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We did the DNA testing over a year ago with our previous dog who we knew was GSD/something. Well it came back with GSD and unkown as they don't test for pit, but it helped us rule out great dane, boxer, lab and maybe another. I'm on my phone right now, but the next time I get on the computer I will look up who we used - at the time they tested for the 40 most popular breed but now its like 130.

Anyways, depending on your budget, its totally cool to do I think.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is the company we used:
http://www.canineheritage.com/

Here are all the breeds they say they can identify:
http://www.canineheritage.com/breed_list.html

Since they added breeds it is a bit pricier from when we did it
The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test
Price: $119.95

Like I said, depending on your budget, I think its fun, however if its something thats going to stretch your budget, then no I wouldnt do it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had it done when it first came out. My black dog in the avatar (a GSD X Dutch shepherd) came out as collie, st bernard, and shih tzu.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Like Tara, I used that company also to test two of my dogs. One seemed a little off, but the other test was spot-on.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Completely hit or miss in my opinion. The best guess on my mix is GSD (she looked so much like a sable GSD pup that many here guessed she was purebred) and some sort of husky/sled/Spitz.

As my last rescue was always a mystery I decided to pay for the expensive DNA bloodtest...

...it came back 25% Norwegian Elkhound and 75% "we don't know".

Now I did find the Elkhound helpful. I'd have no way of guessing which she is. She looks like a small GSD (~40-45 lbs) with a curly tail. So I would have guessed any breed with a curly tail, but I never would have guessed Elkhound over Husky.

But the 75% "we don't know" answer annoyed me. First I spent ~$140 to find out my mutt is a ... mutt. Second she is so obviously mostly sable GSD. I have friends that had a sable GSD and the two of them could have been twins in terms of coat and appearance except for Nikita's curly tail and smaller size.

Unless I hear the tests have gotten much more accurate, I'm never going to bother with one again.
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