Canine DNA Breed Testing

Dog Breed DNA Test- Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Why would someone want to have a dog breed DNA test done?

A. The #1 reason dog owners purchase our dog breed DNA test is to satisfy their own curiosity—To finally be able to answer the question when asked, “What kind of dog is that?” In addition, there are benefits to knowing your dog’s breed makeup, including a better insight into your dog’s behavior, nutritional and health needs.

Q: How many breeds does the test include?

A. The test detects over 200 of the most popular breeds.

Q: Do I need to take the dog to my vet to take the dog breed DNA test?

A. . No, that’s not necessary. The technology used in this test allows for easy and painless DNA sample collection using the cheek swabs we provide in the sample collection kit. With the easy-to-follow instructions, anyone can collect their dog’s DNA at home.

Q: Are DNA test results using cheek swabs as accurate as tests that use blood?

A. Yes. DNA is contained in both cheek and blood cells. With today’s advancements in technology, buccal (cheek) swabs are the preferred method for collecting DNA from skin cells inside the cheek. This is true for both canines and humans alike. There is no need to obtain blood to get an adequate sample of DNA.

Q: How long will it take to get my kit?

A. The Dog Breed DNA Test kits are normally shipped the same business day (Monday-Friday) that they are ordered. If we receive your order after 3:00 PM EST, they will be shipped the following business day. The test kit can only be shipped within the U.S. and Canada (no P.O. boxes).

Q: How can I be sure that I collected the DNA properly?

A. The kit we will send you contains complete instructions for collecting your dog’s DNA safely and effectively. We provide 2 cheek swabs for each dog, which you will use to firmly swab the inside cheek. This collects more than enough DNA to run the test.

Q: How long will it take to get my results back?

A. Once your dog’s sample is received, the result will be completed and available to view online and download in about 2-3 weeks.

Q: What will the result look like?

A. Here is an Example Report

Q: Can the test prove that my dog is purebred?

A. If you think your dog is one or two specific breeds, you can indicate this during the kit online activation and the DNA sample will be analyzed with entire breed database along with a profile comparison of the specific breed(s) you select. However, the breed test is not designed to be used in court to solve disputes over breed purity.

Q: Can the breed test detect wolf, coyote or hybrids of either?

A. The breed test was developed using specific genetic markers for dogs. It will not detect wolf or coyote DNA.

Q: Can the breed test tell if my dog is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix?

A. Pit Bull generally refers to a genetically diverse group of breeds which are characterized by certain physical traits. Since this group is so genetically diverse, Pit Bull is not a breed detected by the test. However, the breed test will detect breeds like American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Bulldog and various other Terriers. For a complete list of breeds, please visit the Dog Breed List.