Monday, 26 September 2016

Ancestry DNA tests for dogs

Curious to know about your dog’s ancestry.  Well you need guess no longer!  A DNA test is now commercially available that could reveal a great  deal about your dog’s past.  The test is available in several different kits depending on the category your dog falls into.

Who might use the test?

Owners of rescue dogs, curious to know their ancestry,  owners of ‘designer dogs’  wishing to check that their dog is an F1 hybrid (first cross between two pure-bred parents)  Owners of purebred dogs without papers, that wish to check their dog really is purebred.

In fact anyone interested to know the ancestry of their dog,  whether out of general curiosity or out of a need to confirm a suspicion of some sort.

What use is this knowledge?

The test is not just for the paranoid.  The makers claim that it gives the owners of mixed breed dogs valuable information about the ideal weight for their dog when adult,  and the best way to feed and train him.

It can also alert owners to potential health risks related to the breeds identified in his genetic make-up

I suspect that the most of those using the test will simply be curious.  You can follow this link to the maker’s website

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