Why Test Your Dog?
Where does your four-legged buddy get his curly tail from? Why does he love digging holes in the backyard? What could you be doing to help to make him even happier and healthier? Your dog may not be able to tell you the answers – but his DNA can. The ADVANCE® Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test can help explain a mixed-breed dog’s ancestry.
Over 1.9 million mixed-breed dog owners in Australia know their dogs…but not as well as they could. With a simple blood test at your local veterinarian, the ADVANCE® Mixed Breed DNA Identification Test can determine the ancestry of a mixed-breed dog. With the largest database on the market, this simple DNA test can test for more than 200 dog breeds! Within three weeks, your vet will be e-mailed a report that reveals your dog’s genetic background, breed-related behavioural characteristics, adult size and weight prediction, recommended nutrition program and a pre-screening for breed-related genetic diseases.
A dog’s ancestry can influence him in surprising ways. Obvious and not-so-obvious physical traits plus behaviours like digging, herding and barking all come from the various breeds in a dog’s family tree. Once an owner understands a dog’s natural tendencies, it makes it possible to create a tailored training, exercise and nutrition program to fit his one-of-a-kind needs.
What will my dog’s report tell me?
The ADVANCE Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test detects the breeds in your dog’s ancestry. Your report can be interpreted in the following way:
- Parent: A breed that represents approximately 50% of your dog’s DNA. You are likely to see the most physical and behavioural traits from this breed. Dogs with mixed-breed parents will not have a breed represented at this level.
- Grand-parent: A breed that represents approximately 25% of your dog’s DNA. You may see some physical and behavioural traits from this breed. Dogs with a very mixed ancestry may not have a breed represented at this level.
- Great grand-parent: A breed that represents approximately 12.5% of your dog’s DNA. You are unlikely to see many traits from this breed unless they are dominant.
When you understand your dog’s natural tendencies, you can tailor a training, exercise and nutrition program to his needs.
We have these tests readily available as part of our Diagnostic Services.