What breed is my dog? How do I know? That may be the most frequently posed questions by dog owners who adopted there mixed breed pals from animal shelters and rescue organizations. It can sometimes also be the most difficult question to answer with complete accuracy. I am going to try to inform you on this and maybe shine a little light on the subject for you. You can click here to review a few DNA test kits, there rating, and price.
Knowing The Breeds
If you purchased your dog from a breeder, there should be no question regarding your dogs breed. If you purchased your hybrid mix dog from a pet shop, you have a good idea of which two breeds were used to create the hybrid simply by reading the name of the dogs breed. A Lab-ra-doodle is a hybrid that is consistently created by crossing a Labrador retriever with a Poodle. Crossing a Cock-er-spaniel with a poodle creates a Cock-a-poo. When it comes to a true mixed breed dog, however, its lineage can be mysteriously murky. Mixed breeds result from random breeding between any two dogs, one or both of which may be pure-bred or a mixed breed.
How to Find Out What Breed My Dog Is
The simplest way to determine your dogs breed is to study dog breeds. One that I have found very good in studying is the that American Kennel of Dogs Club has. This chart features more than 180 dog breeds, but keep in mind that a number of additional breeds are in existence and not recognized by the American Kennel Club. If your dog is an adult, begin by comparing its size to those on the chart.
Other features to consider include the length, color and coat. Compare the shapes of the ears and tail. You should also read the temperament descriptions. Look for distinctive, physical characteristics in your dog, such as unusually short legs or something that stands out like a long and narrow muzzle. If your dog has greeted you with an unusual bark of some sort, or even noise, keep that in mind as well.
Unlock the Secret of DNA
There are test kits available that are specifically designed to reveal a dog’s breed by evaluating its DNA. Some of these kits are available from laboratories through online purchase. DNA test kits typically entail taking a swab of cells from your dog’s mouth with a cotton-tipped applicator, sealing it in a sterile tube and mailing it back to the laboratory. When the laboratory analysis is complete, a report is mailed to you that lists the breeds that were detected in the sample.
Tests generally cost around $60 dollars or more and can be done in the comfort of your own home. There are a range of companies who offer Dog DNA testing, generally the more expensive the test, the more dog breeds the company have in there database. As with all database systems, accuracy will improve as companies collect more data. They will have more DNA strands to compare samples to.
Despite there not being any solid numbers stating how accurate dog DNA testing is, there are concerns that if a data set just doesn’t exist in the database where the sample is being tested, then the information just won’t show up. In short, if your dog has a rare breed in them; rare enough to not be in the database, you’ll never know.
Enlist the Help of a Breed Club Member
If you think that maybe you, or even someone in the family has a pure-bred, you may think about putting them in observation skills of a breed club member. If you believe that you have a Labrador retriever on your hands, but you do not have any papers that say so, contact a local Labrador retriever breed club. Someone from the club may offer to meet you and your dog, or he/she may invite you and your dog to attend the club’s next meeting. Club members who have extensive experience with Labrador retrievers in particular may be able to offer some insight.
Talk to Your Veterinarian
When you adopt or purchase a new puppy or dog, it is important to bring your new companion to a veterinarian within the first couple of weeks for a check up. The primary purpose of the examination is to determine the overall health of the dog and to bring the dog up to date. This is also an opportune time to pick your veterinarian’s brain by welcoming his or her input regarding your dogs breed. Veterinarians see all kinds of dogs walk in and out of there clinics every day, and those experienced sets of eyes may be your best bet for finding the answers you seek. Getting those answers from your veterinarian can also be valuable in determining the best health care for your dog since certain breeds are prone to specific health problems and risks.
As much as it is relatively easy to spot a purebred dog, it can get more difficult if we are trying to identify the mix in our cross-breed pooch. By looking at there appearance, there head shape and size, there ears, there coat type and style it is possible to identify potential breeds.
Not only that, they may behave similarly to certain breeds; digging like a boxer for example. The only way to know for definite what breed of dog you have is to carry out a DNA test; that’s if there breed is included in the data set of course. But, we’re not sure if part of the fun is wondering and spotting certain features and nuances?
You may or may never figure out what breed your dog is. Its family tree may be filled with leaves that represent a variety of different breeds. In the end, your mixed breed dog provides the same level of unconditional love, companionship and loyalty as any purebred. What more can one ask of any dog? No matter what your dog’s lineage is, your dog is destined to be a beloved member of your family. Happy Tails, Happy Trails!