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 the Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test is to satisfy their own curiosity—to finally be able to answer the question when asked, “What breed is my dog?” In addition, there are benefits to knowing your dog’s breed makeup, including better insight into your dog’s behavior, nutritional, and health needs.

Q: How many breeds does the test include?

A. The test detects over 220 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 Mixed-Breed Identification Test kits are normally shipped the same business day (Monday-Friday) that they are ordered. If we receive your order after 3:00 PM Eastern Time, they’ll be shipped the following business day. The test kit can only be shipped within the U.S. and Canada; sorry: no P.O. boxes.

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

A. The kit we send you contains complete instructions for collecting your dog’s DNA safely and effectively. We provide three (3) cheek swabs for each dog, which you 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 results are completed and available to view online and download in about 2-3 weeks. The first step is to create an account and register your kit here before you send in the sample.

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

A. Yes, the test now can detect wolf and coyote wild canids.

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.

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