Last month, during the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour, readers guessed what breeds composed our mixed up, I mean mixed breed, pooches. What fun! Then, Pet Safe, invited us to try out their new product, Pet Safe Breed Identification DNA Kit. The kit arrived, compact in a little folder with simple directions. All we had to do was swab the inside of Kelly’s cheek and return the swabs in the postage-paid envelope. Despite her put-upon look, it doesn’t hurt at all.
About two weeks later the results were in!
Magical Mystery Mutt participants guessed Kelly was:
king charles cavelier spaniel
DNA tests revealed Kellys breed is:
Yup, that’s it. I know, a little disappointing to have only one result. The test revealed that she is at least 75% cocker spaniel. “Most mixed breeds will not show any breeds listed under (this level) unless the dog has a purebred parent.” So Kelly’s mama or papa was likely pure cocker. The test was unable to account for the remaining 25 or so %. According to the packet information, this may be because:
1. there are breeds present that aren’t included in their database.
2. she’s really a purebred.
I’m guessing it’s #1!
The database did not include 5 of the 15 dogs guessed in the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour. The database currently includes about 60 breeds of dogs.
Overall, the Breed Identification DNA Kit was a fun experience. Despite the limited number of breeds in the database, the kit would be helpful for anyone who is curious about their dog’s breeds. The results include a fact sheet on the pertinent breed(s), with personality characteristics and health problems. I thought that was interesting. Check out the PetSafe DNA Kit.
**And, you could win a DNA Kit here! PetSafe has provided me with one kit to give away. Just leave a comment here, telling me why you would like to win a DNA Kit for your dog. I’ll pick one winner by randomizer. Contest ends on Saturday 3/26 at 11:59pm. I’ll announce the winner on next Wednesday Pet Roundup. Good Luck!