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Learn the Ancestry of your Rescue Puppy

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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.Wisdom Panel

Amity is my constant side kick while the children swim in the lake, keeping sharp eyes on them. Sometimes I watch her pace the dock and it truly seems the she is counting heads in the water.Best Lifeguard Puppy

When we travel, she loves to jump into the car to come along. But if my daughter, Rebekah isn’t in the car, Amity will not get in. I can almost hear her saying “Not without my Mama!”wisdom panel

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.Wisdom panel

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!Wisdom Panel Results Rescue Pup

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

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

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26 Comments

  1. This is so cool! I always love DNA or ancestry things, humans or dogs. You can definitely see the obvious in her Australian Cattle Dog and Pitbull. Amity looks like the sweetest thing!

  2. What a special addition to your family! I have often wondered about my dog, who is a Yorkie. She is HUGE and often mistaken for a silky or another terrier. I wonder what her true ancestry would be?

  3. I think it is really smart to check to see what the lineage of a dog is. When you have children it is really important to make sure children are safe around dogs. I love the photos of your dog and daughter. They have a great relationship.

  4. Amity is one of the most gorgeous dogs I’ve ever seen, I absolutely love her markings and coloring. I love the point you make about the proper nutrition for each breed since that can be really important for the dog’s health. What a fun way to celebrate your rescue pup!

  5. LOVE this post, as I am so all about taking care of animals and especially rescues! I have a sweatshirt that says, “Hurt an animal and I’ll kill you” – haha… But, its kinda true. . Love the connection you all have with this amazing dog!

  6. We have a westie that looks like he has some bulldog in him. It would be nice to know if he is a pure blood or not.

  7. I wish they could do that for cats too! We don’t have any dogs, but we do have what we suspect to be a siamese mix. He is a rescue too. In our home we #adoptdon’tshop 🙂 I love that!

  8. My son really wanted to have puppies, I know he would love it. Puppies are so lovely and needs families too.

  9. I don’t have any pets anymore, but I wanted todo this for my dog. DNA and family history of pets is so important and fun to find out more.

  10. Omg what a cute fur baby!!!!! So neat that you found out about your doggies family!!! Crazy the thing ha you can do with science these days!

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