Many of you know that my daughter’s dog, Amity, was a rescue. When we adopted her we had no idea what breed mix she was, but we knew we loved her anyway. That’s why I was so excited when I got the opportunity to partner as an ambassador for the Wisdom Panel® Canine DNA Test.
When we rescued Amity, we were told she was Blue Heeler and Lab mix. But we knew that many large breed rescues are labeled “lab” because they are known to be family friendly. The reality is that guessing a dog’s breed (even by professionals) by its physical traits is only correct about 25% of the time.
At home, Amity spends her time playing with ‘her kids’ or herding the cows in a nearby pasture.
I’m so proud of the fact that Amity is a rescue. We know she came from a very awful home, and we loved teaching that tiny, timid puppy to love and trust again. However, there is a downside to owning a rescue pup. Knowing a dog’s breed really aids in knowing how they might behave, what makes them tick, what training is likely to work best. A dog’s family background is also important from health, training, and nutritional standpoints.
When the email came, with Amity’s DNA results, the entire family came running to hear the news. As I suspected, she has Australian Cattle Dog (often known as Blue Heeler) in her ancestry, as well as American Staffordshire Terrier (commonly known as Pitt Bull). No Labrador ancestry showed in her family tree, as I also suspected despite what we were told when we adopted her. The surprises were Chow Chow and Cocker Spaniel- I never would have guessed those breeds from her physical traits!
What we learned from Amity’s Wisdom Panel test, was so much more than just satisfying a curiosity. Now we understand her behavior better, and we can apply that to her training. We also have a background when the time comes to make nutritional and health decisions for her.
Wisdom Panel DNA Testing is easy to use with just two cheek swabs. The test will show your dog’s ancestry all the way to great-grandparent level, plus give a predicted weight profile, trait analysis, as well as Exercise-induced Collapse and MDR1 mutation screening. Wisdom Panel has the largest breed database with 250 breeds, types, and varieties of dogs. Breed and disease detection is tested using 1,800 markers, and the test uses a proprietary algorithm with more than 18,000,000 calculations before determining a final family tree. If you have a rescue dog, I highly recommend Wisdom Panel Testing, so you can chose the best nutrition, training, and health care for your dog.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mars Veterinary