AKC DNA testing does not determine the breed of a dog
DNA testing for breed heritage may be interesting, but it's not yet medically relevant for dogs -- it's entertainment, basically.
We did DNA testing for our five dogs. Three of the five are mixed breed so we were interested in their make-up. Two of our dogs are purebred but we did the testing anyway to see how accurate the tests might be. Our Papillion came back as a Dalmation. We did NOT use Wisdom Panel. Our guess is our Papillion’s test was mixed up with someone else. Our other purebred is a Jack Russell Terrier and hers came back accurate. We were also delighted to learn the make up of our three mixed breed pups. We love sharing with friends that our little Papillion is actually a Dalmation. We get a lot of laughs over that one!
• Some apartments and . Apartment complexes often prevent renters from adopting large breed dogs. Some homeowners insurance companies also refuse to cover dog liability when it comes to breeds known to attack. If you suspect your mutt falls into these categories but don't know for certain, dog DNA testing may prove worthwhile.
Ask a Vet: Is Dog-Breed DNA Testing Worthwhile? - Dogster
AKC DNA testing does not evaluate the breed of dog.
A few weeks ago, a New York City co-op made headlines when it informed pet-owning residents that they had to produce documentation proving the breeds of their dogs. If the dog was a mix, the percentage of each breed had to be detailed in DNA testing—which prompted cries of "doggie racism," according to . The co-op bans 27 breeds.While co-ops and rentals may use the tests if specific breeds are banned, in large part, the sales of DNA tests have been fueled owner curiosity and by animal shelters, which to help place pets into homes. When adopting a pet, prospective owners want to know how big the dogs will get, whether they're good with kids and if the dogs might be suitable for, say, apartment living. Knowing the breed makeup can shed light on that. Wisdom Panel even makes a shelter test called DogTrax, which gives fast-tracked results since shelter dogs so often have a short amount of time to find a home. Knowing a dog's breed is also helpful in knowing what health issues for which the dog may be at risk.Years after dog DNA testing was first introduced, though, it's finally becoming mainstream. Since Mars Veterinary launched its dog DNA test in 2007, Wisdom Panel, the company—owned by Mars, Incorporated—claims to have sold some 400,000 tests—with the latest consumer version selling for $84.99 a pop. Its other major competitor is DNA My Dog—owned by a Canadian firm—which charges $59.99 per test. Both claim to unlock the mysteries of a dog's genes to reveal their breeds.DNA My Dog is the other consumer test for mixed breed dogs. Located in Toronto, DNA My Dog has sold “lots,” since their 2007 launch according to DNA My Dog’s president Mindy Tenenbaum. DNA My Dog tests for 85 of the most common breeds that Tenenbaum says make up approximately 97% of the common North American mixed breed population. Both tests required taking two samples of cells from the dog’s inner cheek on swabs, which are then air-dried, sealed, and mailed off to the lab.