questionsdog dna test - got my results! what would you…


I know absolutely nothing about dog breeds, so I'm not even going to guess the breeds (they are cute, though!). I'm curious about the DNA kits. Do you remember what brands the tests are and how accurate they are compared to each other?

My grandma adopted a sweet little guy that looks part chihuahua and part something else but we're clueless. My brother and I were talking about getting her a DNA kit as a gift but weren't sure if it was worth the price.


Lab shepard mix is my guess, and pit bull/shar pei on the other. But regardless, they're both cute.

I've thought about the kits for our mutt, but haven't pulled the trigger on it...I keep waiting for a deal.


@kristiwsu: It wasn't something I would have spent the money on myself. The first one was a gift and it was by Canine Heritage. I've been wanting to test my 2nd dog for years now but didn't want to spend the money, but a recent incident fed my curiosity and I got the $50 test by Wisdom Panel off Amazon. I didn't go with Canine Heritage because they have a limited database to match against; Wisdom Panel has over 190 breeds, including what I suspected my 2nd dog to be which was not in the other one's database.

I got her results last night and my boyfriend and I were so thrilled. It really is fun to know and I kept saying "Oh man, this is so worth the money!" They provided a great, full color report (PDF) with tons of information. I'll elaborate later but don't want to reveal any clues yet ;-)


nice dogs!

the first one looks like a lab-rottie mix.
the second one looks like a pit.


Well, if this were the Maury Povich show I would have guessed that "You are NOT the father!"


### Reveal for Dog #1 ###

Her adoption papers say Black Labrador retriever mix, we had our doubts though since a lot of shelter dogs are jotted down as lab, pit, German Shepherd or chihuahua mixes depending on their size and general look. While Jesse loved to swim and fetch, she wasn't a very friendly or outgoing dog like most labs. She was territorial, had a high prey instinct, and was very protective of her family and home.

Her results: 25% mutt (too many small percentages of this and that), 25% German Shepherd (we suspected this based on her fur, tail and snout) and 50% Rottweiler! No lab at all; we would have never guessed Rottweiler. Never thought she looked like one at all so we didn't believe the results. Within a year of this... [cont.]


@thewronggrape: I was going to say lab/boxer mix -- and the 2nd dog is a Pitbull mix


I would like to get MY own done and my dog! Interesting stuff.



...during our walks, we ran into a lady who raised Rottweilers and she remarked unsolicited that Jesse was definitely part Rottie. A couple months later, another guy walking his Rottie said he thought ours was one from a distance, and while waiting at a crosswalk one day, I overheard a couple chatting behind me about the dogs I was walking, with the guy said "and the black one is a Rottweiler." My jaw dropped! I guess I'm used to a certain image of Rotties and more research revealed that they're not all huge and square and that yes, my "lab" is actually half Rottweiler! When I read about Rottie traits, such as being quiet and aloof, extremely protective and always alert, I knew that was my Jesse.

Sadly, we lost her in March. She was 14—an amazing age for a large Rottie mix. I'm so glad that we had that information, and it was part of what prompted me to get my other dog tested while I still could.


@kfujita: What made you guess rottie? Thought she was mainly lab for 11 years and not once did Rottweiler enter my mind!


@thewronggrape: her eyes said "rottweiler" to me. :)

sad to hear that she's gone, but i'm glad you have great memories of her.


### Dog #2 Reveal ###

(@okham I used to joke that she must be part Shar Pei! Penny has a lot of loose, wrinkly skin.)

Her adoption papers say American Staffordshire Terrier, which is one of the many breeds that get put under the "pit bull" label. I wasn't convinced she was 100% AmStaff because the males are supposed to top out around 60-68 lbs and she hovers between 65-67. I've wondered if she was overweight but she's not fat and is pretty active. She is short and stocky like an AmStaff, but her torso is too long and large in proportion. People often ask what she is and I say American Staffordshire or pit bull to keep it simple. Several little kids have called her a bulldog and I have corrected them. She doesn't look like a bulldog to me at all, but a couple months ago her face swelled up after she got stung by a bee and WOW, she looked just like an American bulldog! So after years of curiosity, I ordered the test. [cont.]


[cont.] 13 days after I mailed in the cheek swabs, I got the results back via an email to a PDF download. It's a 5-page color report. Here's a cropped screencap showing Penny's analysis:

So those little kids were right! My pit bull dog is 50% American Staffordshire and 50% American Bulldog. It explains her size and weight. She's at the top of the range for a staffie but at the bottom of the range for a bulldog. Also, her too-large-for-her-body torso is from the bulldog, and all that excess skin I think was meant to cover a larger body.

I'm really glad I did this. It's this test here on Amazon:

They sell it on their site too for about $10 more. The price on Amazon fluctuates by like $5 - $8 from week to week. There's some negative reviews, but I'm completely happy with my results!


Also, if you're going to do it, check their database first to make sure that breeds you suspect are in there. The other company I looked at didn't have American Staffordshire Terrier so it would have come back as 50% unknown with them.


Haven't read any of the comments yet.

First one looks like lab, maybe some border collie. The hair around the snout looks kind of wiry, so there might be some terrier or something too, but that could be due to the dog just being older?

Second one looks like a pitbull, which in itself isn't the most defined breed, so it can be a mix of a few different things.

Fun question!


@thewronggrape: Dangit. Now you've got me curious about my mixed breed boys.


@thumperchick: I put it off for the longest time because it seemed like a unnecessary, "luxury" expense. But after losing Jesse in March, I knew I would regret if something happened to Penny and I never got her tested. It's just fun knowing! Plus, I understand her better now. Being a pit bull, people always ask if she's friendly before petting her, and I'm not sure what to say because she's not mean or aggressive, but she doesn't really care for strangers and I don't want to say "yeah, she's friendly" when she's not outgoing. If you go to pet her, more often than not she'll continue sniffing or walking as if nobody was touching her.

The report I got described American Bulldogs as having "reservation with strangers" — it put into words what I couldn't. Now I can say "oh, she's fine, just reserved."