Current Trends – DNA test determines breed-mix

If you’ve adopted a mixed breed dog, how many
times have you been asked, “What breed is she/he?” How many times
have you wondered yourself?

Every year,
millions of prospective pet parents visit shelters and rescue groups, looking
for the perfect pup to adopt. In nearly every case, these folks are curious
about the breed heritage of the dogs. As there is often very little information
available to the agencies helping to place these canines, workers can only make
educated guesses.


Recently, at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando,
researchers introduced the Canine Heritage™ test, the first DNA-based
diagnostic test to identify canine breeds. The test requires only a swab of the
inner cheek, and in one to two months, pet parents can know exactly the breed
mix of their family dog.

Developers of
the technology hope not only to satisfy the natural curiosity of pet parents,
but also to help inform vets when planning a health
program.

The kit was created by MMI
Genomics, which has provided DNA-based canine lineage verification for the AKC,
the UKC, and other breed clubs and registries.


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Posted: 03/14/2007 at 09:54 AM
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