When my husband and I were first married, we thought about getting a dog. I did a lot of research about what dog breed might fit our lifestyle. In the end, we felt that we were away from home too often so we decided against it. Fast forward 8 years, and two kids later, we thought it was the perfect time to add a new member to our family. With two dog shelters in our town, we felt strongly that a rescue dog would be the “best dog breed” for us.
We applied to be an adoption family and I kept an eye on their website for available dogs. On a crisp fall day 3 years ago, we learned that a new litter of puppies had been born at the shelter. Their names all started with P. We went to the shelter and played with 8 puppies with names like Petey, Pandora, Piper, Pepper and Panda. In the end, we fell in love with Panda.
What’s interesting about having a dog, especially a rescue is not knowing much about their family history. The dog shelter took a guess at her breed mix, but we always wondered.
Our kids often asked questions like:
- Why is Panda so fluffy?
- Why does Panda like to chase us and bump us with her nose?
- Why does Panda like to tug, but not fetch?
- Why is Panda afraid of strangers?
The DNA Behind the Best Dog Breed for US!
When I was approached by Wisdom Panel® Canine DNA Test to get Panda’s DNA analyzed, I jumped at the opportunity! The kids were so excited to find out the results. We learned that knowing more about Panda’s breeds could help us plan for her health, nutrition, and training needs.
Getting the DNA sample is painless. The test packet comes with two swabs to gently roll along their gums and cheek. You just need to make sure your pup has not eaten within two hours of the test. You don’t want to contaminate the DNA with food or treats or heck, your dog breed may come back as part fish or cow. LOL! Once the swabs are dry, you place them back in the package and mail them to the high tech folks at Wisdom Panel. A few weeks later, the results are sent via email. We were fascinated to learn all about Panda.
I was impressed to learn that Wisdom Panel has the largest breed database on the market covering 250 breeds, types and varieties. The test uses 1,800 markers for breed and disease detection and a proprietary algorithm that makes more than 18,000,000 calculations before assigning a final family tree. Super impressive, right?
So, how does this report help us know more about Panda? Well, take a look:
We learned important information about Panda’s health and weight. She’s doing just fine at 30 pounds.
We were pretty sure that Panda had a herding dog in her DNA. She especially exhibits the following behaviors:
We learned that both of her other dominant breeds have issues with fear of strangers. This has been an issue we’ve been working on in her training. It was fascinating to learn that this issue is actually in her DNA. My daughter said, “Being shy must be in my DNA too.” It was pretty cool for the kids to make connections about how this “DNA stuff” relates to them.
We found out more about trait markers that may help explain Panda’s coloring and appearance. There’s even more than what’s listed below too.
If you’ve ever considered having your dog’s DNA tested, I highly recommend the Wisdom Panel® Canine DNA Test. It was super easy and we learned so much about the “Best Dog Breed” for our family! We love her so much!