Doggie DNA: Where Does Your Dog Come From?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Dogs are our best friends—part of the family. They often hold the key to our hearts and bring us laughter, tears of joy, and unforgettable memories. They share our deepest secrets and love us unconditionally. But let's face it—as much as we'd like them to, they don't hold all the answers to some of the questions we're wondering about them.
Just where did your mixed-breed dog get his striking blue eyes? Why does he enjoy digging up your yard? Why is he better with kids than any other dog you've owned? Why is he so shy when meeting strangers? Discovering your dog's DNA may answer questions like these. You may even be wondering what you can do to make the life your dog loves even better.
By uncovering your dog's history using the Wisdom Panel® Insights® DNA kit —the most comprehensive test on the market—you'll be able to detect his or her breeds. The results from your dog's test are interpreted in three ways:
Parent: A breed that represents approximately 50% of your dog's DNA. You are likely to see the most physical and behavioral traits from this breed. Dogs with mixed-breed parents will not have a breed represented at this level.
Grandparent: A breed that represents approximately 25% of your dog's DNA. You may see some physical and behavioral traits from this breed. Dogs with a very mixed ancestry may not have a breed represented at this level.
Great-Grandparent: A breed that represents approximately 12.5% of your dog's DNA. You are unlikely to see many traits from this breed unless they are dominant.
Understanding your dog's background can help you make it possible to create a customized exercise and nutrition program to best fit your dog's needs.
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