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02-26-2019 04:52 PM
A friend runs a rescue and she does that. Just sometimes wants to know more about the animal.
It may also be used to catch owners who do not "scoop".
02-26-2019 04:53 PM
This isn't anything new; I bought a kit to test my dog several years ago. She's a pound puppy and i wanted to know what breeds she represented.
02-26-2019 05:28 PM - edited 02-26-2019 05:29 PM
It's come up several times on Forensic Files - sometimes the DNA of a dog helps prove or disprove the innocence of a crime suspect. Most of the cases that show uses are more than 20 years old.
02-26-2019 05:41 PM
@starpolisher It's a great thing to know what breeds are dominant in a mixed breed for medical purposes so the vet knows what to tell you to watch for and often there are preventative supplements to give your dog if it is predominantly breeds that have a high chance of developing certain health problems.
02-26-2019 05:44 PM
Some show breeders are using DNA testing to see if there are any inherited medical conditions. If so, they might not breed those dogs.
Certain, not all, DNA tests isolate genetic mutations. Those markers indicate a dog could be more prone to developing specific hereditary diseases.
It doesn’t mean the dog will develop the disease, just a better chance than other dogs.
For pet owners, knowing if their dogs could develop something might warrant a watchful eye for symptoms and early intervention.
Pet owners with mixed breeds might be curious about the makeup of Max and Bella.
02-26-2019 06:26 PM
Not unusual at all. It's especially helpful for the pups from a rescue litter. The testing identities the breeds and the vet has a better understanding of the dog and its needs.
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