Genetics and Dogs

  • Buying a Dog DNA Test – What to Know

    Buying a Dog DNA Test – What to Know

    (Updated Mar 2023.) DNA testing for dogs has now been around for more than a decade. The first DNA tests for dogs for veterinarians was developed in 2007, with the first Direct-to-consumer DNA tests for dogs coming on to market since 2009. If you’re considering buying a dog DNA test, here are some things you…

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  • What Breed is My Dog? How to Really Tell

    What Breed is My Dog? How to Really Tell

    Sometimes you think you know what your dog is, sometimes you take a quiz, but to be sure you may think you have to ask your vet: “What breed is my dog”? ¬†But guess what? Studies have proven that the most expert dog people only guess what the predominant¬†breeds are in a dog around 25%…

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  • Health and Your Mixed-breed Dog: Can Science Predict Future Problems?

    Health and Your Mixed-breed Dog: Can Science Predict Future Problems?

    If you know anything about how dog breeds evolved, you would know that modern dog breeds have been established through generations of selective breeding. Breeders would identify desirable traits, such as retrieving, protection, companionship, herding, etc. They would then breed pairs of dogs that showed the most potential for these features. Over time, very distinct breeds…

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