Do you wonder what breeds make up your beloved mixed mutt? Now you can find out, thanks to a new DNA diagnostic test developed by MetaMorphix, a company specializing in animal DNA analysis and pedigree certification. With the Canine Heritage test MetaMorphix is able to genetically identify 38 popular breeds. The company is hoping to increase that number to 90 by the end of 2007.
The test costs $65.00. It is simple and painless for your dog. Just rub the inside of your dog’s cheek with a cotton swap and mail it to MetaMorphix. DNA cheek-swab kits, along with instructions are provided by the company. For information check out the company’s website www.metamorphixinc.com or call them toll free at (800) DNA-DOGG.
A similar DNA test will be launched by Mars Veterinary this summer. Mars Veterinary is a division of MARS Inc., a company specializing in pet care. The Wisdom Panel MX is conducted with a small blood sample and will be available through veterinarians. It is the first and only vet-administered mixed breed analysis test and can detect more than 100 AKC recognized breeds. Visit the company’s website for more information. www.marsveterinary.com
May 19th, 2007 at 9:07 pm
Mars Veterinary recently launched WhatsMyDog.coma new site that helps explain what the Wisdom Panel MX Mixed breed Analysis is and how it works.
The test was featured on Good Morning America this morning.
Dog Clothing & Dog Collars Says:
May 19th, 2007 at 11:54 pm
Thanks for the post. I always wonder whether my dog is purebreed or not as the sales claimed since she does look a bit different when compared to other purebreds.
June 14th, 2007 at 9:01 pm
You can find more info at www.training-your-puppy.com
dog walker nyc Says:
July 12th, 2007 at 9:12 pm
Figuring out the breed of your dog can also help you avoid possible health issues particular breeds might have. I’ve helped many of my clients figure out what breeds their dog are and it has helped a few of them figure out health issues they were having.
PS - a black tongue does not “always” signify it is a chow mix
July 14th, 2007 at 6:07 am
Yeah - black tongue is just that … black tongue. Spots, streaks, blotches … whatever.
Not a chow a black tongue makes.
Anyway, I would like to address the validity of this test? Does this make a unknown dog now a pure bred if the test comest back 100%? If so, is this an AKC recognized method?
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