The Benefits of Dog Breed DNA Testing

 Dog Breed DNA Testing

Have you ever wondered what kind of breeds your mixed-breed dog has in his heritage? You're not alone. Most pet owners would love to know these things about their dogs, but it was not possible before. But now it is possible to find out about your dog's genetic make-up with home DNA testing.

Home dog breeds DNA testing is not just for reasons of curiosity or for fun. Though it is fun and exciting to find out about the genetic make-up of your dog, important information can come from the test as well. Since humans and dogs first began living together thousands of years ago, we've been using selective breeding to make dogs in a variety of sizes, forms, and behaviors.

Research scientists have discovered in recent years that specific genes in the DNA of dogs control lifespan, many behaviors, and physical characteristics in your dog. Many of these genes are breed-specific.

Knowing the breed of your dog can be important because of inherent physical requirements. Many dogs need plenty of space and need to get plenty of daily exercises and this requirement is not just wanting but a genetic need. 

If your dog is predominantly Weimaraner, for example, he's probably going to be big and he's going to need a lot of walking and a lot of high-energy play. Knowing this type of information about your dog can be a wonderful thing to know, as it can increase both his happiness and yours.

Knowing the breed of your dog can be important for health reasons. Some dog breeds have a specific set of health issues. For instance, Labrador Retrievers are plagued by hip dysplasia, heartworm medications can have adverse effects on some breeds of Collies, and Beagles are prone to early-onset glaucoma. Wouldn't that be a good thing to know about your dog, before any problems start?

Easy and low-cost, home dog breed DNA testing saves you a trip to the veterinarian to have blood drawn from your dog, which will save you both money and time, and also saves your pet from the pain of an invasive procedure. 

The home DNA testing is performed on the cheek cells of your dog, and cheek cells have the same genetic information as cells found in blood but are a lot easier to collect. You merely swipe a soft bristle brush (provided in the kit) across the inside of your dog's cheek and then mail it off to the lab. The cheek swab is done comfortably in your home, avoiding trauma to your pet and the extra expense of a veterinary visit. Results are usually available in 4 - 6 weeks.

DNA dog breed testing is something of a new idea in the dog world, but it is becoming more and more popular every day and for a very good reason. Dog owners more and more want to know their dog's heritage, not just for fun, but for the priceless physical, health, and behavioral information it can provide. 

Mixed breed dogs often have the best temperaments and physical attributes due to their mix of breed characteristics, but it is wonderful to know exactly what breed caused that mixture, in case of potential problems later on down the line or special care that your dog might need. It's a great value for the money, and DNA dog breed testing is easy to do at home. The more you know about your dog and his heritage, the happier you both will be together.

The Benefits of Dog Breed DNA Testing The Benefits of Dog Breed DNA Testing Reviewed by DogRedLine on June 24, 2018 Rating: 5

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