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Old Feb 17, 2014, 11:56 PM
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Default Are Breed DNA Tests Legit??

Okay, so I'm those kind of people who always wonder. Always.
I've been looking online at DNA tests that supposedly show...
THE BREED(s) OF YOUR DOG?!
I'm very tempted to spend some money just to see the results of Splinter's test. I mean... I was told when I got him he was a "Mini Sheltie" (ugh I think not. It sickens me to even think about how the term has came up..)
Has anyone else done these before, on a Sheltie or other breed? Are you as skeptical as I am?
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 12:37 AM
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I know plenty of people that have used the tests. It's fun finding out. The results are often surprising. One person with a dog that looked like a lab actually had some Malamute and Pom in it - go figure - altho the % of each was only small, but it did show the dog had a long pedigree of mongrel breedings. What has been an even bigger surprise is the number of poodle x that aren't exactly what was expected, incl a couple of labradoodles that were all poodle!
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 07:57 AM
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From what my vet says, they are accurate. I know people who have had them done too. The results are almost always surprising, but make sense when you look at the dog. Let us know what happens if you do it!
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 10:21 AM
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After living with the Wild Child, Jonesie Dream for 2 years, I broke down and did an DNA test on her, just to satisfy my curiosity.

At quick glance, she looks much like a Sheltie, but not exactly . . .

Her test results:
55% Sheltie
17.5% Bloodhound
17.5% Rhodesian Ridgeback
5% Golden Retriever
5% Maltese

There are 3 big breeds listed in her genetics test, yet Jonesie only weighs 16 lbs. So, I question the accuracy, although it did pull mostly Sheltie results.

At any rate, it was kind of interesting.
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 12:25 PM
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I haven't done one, but my mom did. She had rescued a female cocker spaniel, AKC registered that a breeder re-homed to some people (unspayed), and then the people took her to the pound. My parents picked her up, she was malnourished and worn out (had puppies every cycle for 8 years). They were letting her get healthier before getting her spayed. Well she was pregnant, and come to find out the home she went to first had her running, and well, she found a man.

They sent off the DNA test not telling anything about the mom at all, as we knew what mom was and wanted to use it as a verifier of accuracy. Came back as:

50% Cocker Spaniel
50% Alaskan Malamute

seems accurate, they are bigger than cockers, but smaller than malamutes. Both have that malamute chatter!
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 12:36 PM
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What has been an even bigger surprise is the number of poodle x that aren't exactly what was expected, incl a couple of labradoodles that were all poodle!
The BBC had a programme about dogs on last year and they did one of these tests on a Cockapoo that some people had bought from a 'reputable' breeder. They were 100% certain it was cockapoo, turned out there was no Cocker spaniel in her at all, rather Springer Spaniel x Poodle. Ooops!
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