Put the “Breed Mystery” to Rest With a DNA Test

As many of us can agree, “rescued” is our favorite breed. And to those of us who adopt, it’s safe to say that we’re never completely certain what breed our loveable “mutt” really is.  We see Lab in the face, Boxer in the chest, and those ears can only be described as…Cocker Spaniel–ish?

We know breed is irrelevant to how much you love your furry friend, but breed does play an important role in how the animal will age, possible health problems to look out for (and prevent early-on), and what kind of temperament and behaviors to expect.

While it is true that today’s domesticated dogs descend from wolves, many breeds are a far cry from their ancient ancestors.  This is because of centuries of careful and selective breeding.  Particular dog breeds were essentially “designed” to inherit the desirable qualities their owner wanted them to possess.  Hunting, herding, sporting–a dog for every day!

Former CBHS staff member, Danielle Wagner, adopted Missy last April. Even Missy’s previous owner wasn’t sure what her breed was.

“With most shelter dogs, we don’t know their background or their ancestry,” says Danielle. “I adopted Missy as an adult dog, and we knew very little about her.”

Finally, Danielle gave Missy the Wisdom Panel DNA test, and the results were definitely interesting.

“While tossing out guesses for Missy’s possible breeds, I never once suspected Pekingese,” says Danielle. “I guess she deserves all the royal treatment we give her since she descends from dogs of nobility!”

It turns out that Missy is a Pekingese/Chihuahua mix. However, a portion of Missy’s ancestry was predicted to be mixed beyond the three generations tested by Wisdom Panel. The test predicts the majority of her mixed breed ancestry is from the herding group, which includes Australian Cattle Dog and Border Collie.

Danielle says that knowing Missy’s ancestry gives her a better understanding of her dog, and her behaviors.

“Despite her small size, I definitely see tendencies of the herding breed in Missy. She loves rounding up her toys, and she needs much more exercise and ways to stay busy than my other two dogs.”

If you would like to learn more about the ancestry of YOUR canine companion, Wisdom Panel DNA tests are available for purchase in the Cedar Bend Humane Society Adoption Center.  The cost is $75 (+ tax). Click here for more information about Wisdom Panel DNA tests.

Missy Collage

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