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Results Are In From Dog DNA Test Kit
Half of all dogs in Austin are mixed breeds. That includes a pup named Oscar. Last week we used a do-it-yourself doggie DNA test to find out his ancestry. The kit is a $75 alternative to eye-balling a mutt and making a good guess.
Oscar is a 12 week old genetic puzzle. He's a rescue dog so there's no information about his mom or dad.
“We guess that Oscar and his brother are Pekingese mixes,” said Amber Rowland. She helps identify mixed breeds at the Austin Animal Center. Officially, the shelter's guess is Pekingese/Pug.
“His head is kind of apple like. And that's kind of a Pekingese feature, but it's also a Chihuahua feature so that's another possibility,” said Rowland.
The final answer is just one cheek swab away. The Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed DNA Test Kit checks for more than 190 breeds and will trace Oscar's ancestry back three generations.
“It will be interesting to see how the tests come back,” said Rowland.
Interesting and potentially life-saving, according to Dr. Gus Cothran, who does genetic research at Texas A&M University. The professor says doggie DNA results will do more than satisfy your curiosity.
“Most dog breeds have some sort of genetic disease associated with them,” said Dr. Cothran.
From hip dysplasia to cataracts, a DNA analysis gives dog owners a heads-up.
“And that would help in potential treatment, prevention, or just being prepared that this could happen,” said Dr. Cothran.
John Manuel just adopted Oscar and his brother, Jake. He's counting on the test results to stop a never-ending guessing game.
Everybody who sees them has got their own opinion and everybody's opinion is different.
John's best guess is Chihuahua and pug. And remember Amber Rowland guessed Pekingese/Pug. Who's right? John got the first look at the test results.
“So, it is Pekingese crossed with a Chihuahua. So I was wrong, said Manuel.
Actually, both John and Amber were half right. There's just no pug in Oscar's pedigree. Knowing a dog's pedigree can help with training, exercise, even diet. And now what your dog can't tell you, his DNA can.
Wisdom Panel doesn't give out the accuracy rate of the DNA tests. The company says results depend on whether owners follow all directions and collect enough cheek cells on the swab.
By Bettie Cross