Do You Know What Breed Your Dog Is? | Doggy DNA | Wisdom Panel

August 13, 2019

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Technology is amazing and always evolving. Have you ever used a DNA test to find out what breed your pup is? There are two different main options. They are, Wisdom Panel and Embark. I have only had personal experience with Wisdom Panel but have heard great things about Embark as well. For Christmas 2017 I bought my mom and her boyfriend a Wisdom Panel test for their dog Mia.

When Mia came to the family we were told that she was half chow and half golden retriever. As she grew we saw the chow in her but were unsure of what else she may be made up of. Like most dogs, we felt that her breed didn’t matter because she is perfect. But my curiosity got the best of me so I sent off for the test!

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How It Works

With Wisdom Panel there are 3 easy steps to the process on your end. First, Collect DNA from your pup by using the provided swabs to collect skin cells from the inside of your dogs cheek. Second, Activate your kit online where you can track the results of the test as you wait. You can also access their online learning tools and start exploring what it is that they do there. Third, is to mail in the sample. Use the prepaid shipping container to send in the sample to the Wisdom Panel Lab and then you wait. Results are usually available in 2-3 weeks from when your sample reaches the lab.
Wisdom Panel has a breed database of over 350 breads, types, and varieties in more than 15,000 samples. They use these samples to compare and analyze your dogs DNA against to get an accurate idea of your dogs genetic makeup. To learn more about the specifics of this visit Wisdom Panel’s website here.


There are two options available on Wisdom Panel’s main website. One is the Wisdom Panel 4.0 Canine Breed Detection and one is Wisdom Panel Health Canine Breed + Disease Detection.

Wisdom Panel 4.0 Canine Breed Detection

  • Percentage breakdown of breeds and breed groups found in your dog
  • A detailed family tree going back three generations
  • Extensive information about each breed and breed group found
  • A predicted weight profile
  • Potentially life-saving drug sensitivity screening for MDR1
  • Results for Exercise-induced Collapse screening
  • A genetic trait analysis
  • The ability to share your results with your veterinarian
  • A unique discount code to share with friends or family

Check it out here.


Wisdom Panel Health Canine Breed + Disease Detection Includes:

  • Extensive genetic health screening for 150+ conditions covering 16 major body systems
  • Easy sharing of results with your veterinarian, directly from the report
  • Breed detection for 350+ breeds, types and varieties broken down into a pie chart for percentages and into a family tree going back three generations
  • Extensive information about each breed and breed group found
  • A predicted weight profile
  • A genetic trait analysis
  • A unique discount code to share with friends and family

Check it out here.


Wisdom Panel results of a black and white dog
Mia’s Results:
Mia is half Chow Chow/Mixed Herding Breed and her other half is split into 4 with Chow Chow, American Staffordshire Terrier, Miniature Poodle, and White Swiss Shepherd. Wisdom panel breaks down the lineage back to her Great Grandparents as you can see in the chart. Something else we found is that she does not have a mutation of the MDR1 gene. Therefore she doesn’t have a drug sensitivity to Ivermectin, Loperamide, and a number of other drugs. To learn more about the MDR1 gene you can take a look at this website.
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Knowing what breed your dog is isn’t really that important as long as you love them but it is sometimes nice to know where they came from. We personally didn’t choose the health screening as well but that is something that can be used as a tool for caring for your pup. Remember to always consult a veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and don’t use a test such as this as your sole tool.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Jess & Lily

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