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Bassetoodle, Bernedoodle: Do You Know Your Dog's DNA?

Bassetoodle, Bernedoodle: Do You Know Your Dog's DNA?

With "designer dogs" becoming more en vogue, many pet owners are taking a greater interest in what breeds make up their mutt's DNA. Nowadays, these hybrid pooches are often bred for a specific result, putting the price of ownership at top dollar, many times meriting even more than the price of traditional purebred dogs. Favored by celebrities such as Jessica Simpson seen here with her maltipoo (Maltese and Toy Poodle mix), Daisy, many people are not only clamoring for these new breeds but also want to know what unique mix they already own.

Enter: WISDOM Panel MX, the most comprehensive DNA-based mixed breed test for dogs that will analyze your hybrid dog's DNA. Running at $65 and up, the price tag is not for everyone. However, the miracle of its development includes the analysis of more than 19 million DNA markers from more than 13,000 dogs, and it can detect more than 130 breeds covering 99 percent of AKC registered breeds. Information from the analysis will help pet owners to better understand their dog's breed history and allow owners and veterinarians to work together to develop appropriate care and nutrition plans for the pet.

On the one hand, I can understand wanting to know (especially if it affects his well-being) but, on the other, who needs to fit a cute pooch into neat little check boxes.

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maltesemaniac maltesemaniac 8 years
Designer dogs are great if you want a little of both dogs. I have a Maltipoo and he is perfect: smart like a Poodle, but mellow like a Maltese. Of course I got him as a rescue and didn't pay any breeder. That's the way to go. Checkout this site about Maltipoos: http://www.maltesemaniac.commaltese-poodle-mixes.html
abby517 abby517 8 years
I love my mutt from the shelter :) Everyone always asks "what is he?" he's basically a mutt from Mexico that's well-taken care of!! As for this test, I've heard it doesn't work well for extreme mutts like my pup.
glrsims glrsims 8 years
My dog Puffy is a "designer" dog I suppose. But to me he is just a really happy accident :)
verily verily 8 years
I think the DNA test would be fun to find out what kind of breeds went into making my perfect mutt. :) As far as pit bulls go, my tiny 4'10"ish grandmother has two of them and she's far more aggressive and scary than those spoiled-rotten pushovers would ever be. :P
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 8 years
Kiddylnd, I think all dogs have an equal probability of turning up at the pound. All dogs any breed can have any tempermant, it depends on the owners. The last dog i rescued (a pekgenise mix) was turned in because he peed all over the house. The original owners didnt understadn that they dont potty train themselves. I had him potty trained in 2 days and now he has a great home. Puggles are very active dogs, they are also very cute. Im sure many people purchase them because they dont realize all the work that go into an active dog. That goes with any animal i guess. All i am saying is it isnt the animals, its the people that are the problems. I have actually considered starting a "designer" dog rescue. Im still loking into all the laws and resources of a non profit rescue. Ive actually not seen any puggles, i may need your help locating then when and if i can get this thing going.
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
Aw, who knew Jess had such a cute dog?
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I always get questions about what breeds my mutts are. We are pretty sure about Kassie's breed. But Jeffrey has such unusual markings and physical and temperament traits of so many different breeds that its hard to determine. Someone commented about worrying about having pitbull or rottie in mutts and how that can affect you if DNA testing proves it. In my experience pitbulls and rotties whether purebred or mixed are excellent dogs. Of course they are not breeds that are right for everyone's life style but if you are a responsible dog owner and give a dog proper training then the breed or mix of breeds really does not matter. I babysitted my dad's pit bull Rhodesian Ridgeback mix who at the time was not fixed or trained. The dog was soooo stubborn which could easily be attributed to the pit bull in him. But after a week of having him I had that dog trained, calm and obedient. That of course all went away once my dad got him back. But really just goes to show what training can do for dogs no matter what the breed. Plus getting them fixed helps too. Once that dog was fixed he was so calm
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
What do you call a Bulldog/Shih Tzu mix? :wink: That's what I call on designer dogs!
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
That's funny Amy I've got a pitbull/akita and an akita/blue heeler and people always ask me where I got them. I have lost count at the number of times people have thought my pit/akita was some special new breed and how wanted to know how they could get one.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Oh! One more thing: unless you get a dog from a really established breeder who has credentials up the wazoo, it doesn't matter what breed your dog is in terms of getting another of the same. Pet stores can NOT guarantee breeding of the puppy mill dogs they get. The only 100% surefire way that you can bet that it will LIKELY have a similar TEMPERMENT is to get a dog who's parents are the same. They will never have the same personality, and can NEVER replace an original.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I got my dog from a rescue group and can't imagine buying from a breeder when so many pooches need homes already. The funny thing is I was walking my dog in the park the other day and a girl asked what kind of dog he is, so I tell her, "He's a boxer-pit." And she thought that was a new designer breed! I'm like, "no, he just came that way."
mabess mabess 8 years
My husband and I are really thinking seriously about doing this test for our dog Bunny. She's obviously part German Shepherd, but we're not sure what else. And the reason we want to know is because she's so great. It would just be nice to know what other breed helped create her fabulous temperament. We got her from a shelter, and I couldn't be happier with her. I mean she's the best dog ever. At least for us.
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
kiddy- I agree. My boyfriend's parents got a cockapoo and it is the most annoying dog ever. Hes not smart enough to learn commands, therefore he doesnt listen at all. And he is incredibly hyper all the time. Always juming on you, barking at you. If you sit down on the couch he will jump all over you. He pees on the carpet (again because hes not very smart) The only thing good about him is that he is freakin adorable (he seriously looks like a teddy bear) I adopted my dog from a shelter and will probably never buy a dog from a breeder again. There are sooo many dogs in shelters that need good homes, and most shelters have a very high kill rate. :cry:
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
why do my comments always get deleted? There was nothing inappropriate in it...but its gone. :(
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
At the shelter where I work, we get so many of these dogs as surrenders. What people don't understand is that the characteristics that they take on are often the most undesirable of the two breeds. No offense Blondewith, but the puggle is the MOST surrendered. It's needy like a pug, and noisy like a beagle. They often have separation anxiety and destroy homes if not crated all day. It's completely outrageous how much money pet stores, puppy mills, and backyard breeders charge for these dogs too! As a side note, someone once came in and told me that her dog was a purebred whatever it was. When I countered that I'd never heard of it, she said it was a cross between a whatever and such and such. I just laughed right then and there! Uhhh...purebred and cross. What part didn't she get?! :rotfl:
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 8 years
i have a designer dog, a puggle. I have never considered her a "designer" dog though. She was a gift from my boyfriend. I also have a boxer mix from a private rescue and a cat from the local pound. I have taken in other pound dogs and found them lovely families. All animals are special, no matter where the come from.
cageyme cageyme 8 years
You know, if you cross a schnauzer with a shi-tzu you'd get a schnitzel. If you cross a spitz hound with a poodle you'd get a spaetzle. That's all I've got at the moment.
Pepper Pepper 8 years
I'd rather save a dog from a shelter.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
My family has always had pure blood German Shepards. We love the intelligence and personality traits of the breed, but we are really aware of lineage for health reasons. Which is why I really don't like designer dogs. You don't know the health issues that will come about from messing around with genetics. If you are paying that sort of money, you really should get something for it. But if you just want a dog to love, then definitely get a mutt.
mfern64 mfern64 8 years
I agree with JessNess, designer dogs are nothing more than expensive mutts. Real mutts are awsome, but I think the practice of breeding 2 unlike dogs to make a new 'it' dog is a bad idea. And what about the health of these dogs?
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
My only problem with people buying a specific breed is that they usually think of the animals as 'just' an animal, like property. They want it to be cute, or to match their furniture for example. I didn't have the option of adopting my cats due to my fiance's allergies, so I'm not judgmental either way.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 8 years
I have a mutt that we think is Golden Retriever and Chow Chow, but we're not sure. I would LOVE to know who her daddy is! We like to pretend she's a designer dog by calling her a Golden Chow. :)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I have a mutt that we got from the humane soceity and I've always wondered what he is exactly. I don't care THAT much, but sometimes I think it'd be nice to know. Be able to look into the breeds, see their temperments, medical issues etc. I got really lucky with my pup, he's a good boy, we know his mom was a dachshund, but we Think he might be part rat terrier too. Maybe I'll try this sort of thig one day. So I can tell people "No, he's not weener dog and rottweiler." Yes, I actually got that once.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
Hmmm...Designer dogs. I guess its no different from designer clothes. Why pay regular price for something when you can pay 10 times more and impress everybody with how much it cost. I personally wouldn't trade my "free to a good home" dogs for anything. The one good thing about pedigree dogs and designer breeds is that I can laugh at their pompous owners in the dog park.
mbrown81 mbrown81 8 years
I definatly agree with everyone here. Why pay thousands for a dog you can get from a shelter. Designer dogs are just mutts for a higher price.
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