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Do Your Pet a Favor and Get a DNA Test

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Everyone knows that I love my dog, Bruiser. I’ve written about him before in different articles to bring doggy awareness about them living happy and healthy lives. Now I am back with a new opportunity for your pups! Knowing your background–i.e. where your mom and dad are from and what diseases are common in your family has saved a lot of lives just by taking precautionary steps. Why shouldn’t we know the heritage for our dogs as well in order to take these steps for them? I may have found the answer, and it is a lot cheaper than you could have expected!

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I’ve had Bruiser for a little over 7 years now. My family and I watched him grow from a 9-week old pup to a rambunctious, if not a tad bit spoiled, little man. Bruiser is a miniature pinscher. Whenever I had a behavioral question, I would always look up his breed and it related back to him to a T. Now I realized that dogs have different personalities, no matter what their breed, but something happened that made me question just what Bruiser’s background was made of.

After work, I was parking in my apartment complex when I saw a woman who was walking her dog, a min pin. I told her I had a min pin as well and she simply said “yeah, they’re the shit, huh” and walked off. Of course, I completely agreed, but I noticed her pooch looked quite a bit different than mine. And then I realized that Bruiser may not be a pure breed min pin. What do you all think?

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(Bruiser)                                     (Pure Breed Min Pin)

I love my baby, but it makes me worry that he may develop a health issue that originates from another breed. This is why I would like to get a DNA test for him ASAP.

The Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test Tour

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Over the next  6 months, the Wisdom Panel Tour is aiming to educate dog owners on how understanding their dog’s unique genetics can help them be better owners. Pet parents can bring their beloved pets to the Wisdom Panel booth st events and your dog can get swabbed on-site for a special price–only $39.99! If you’d rather do it at home, a do-it-yourself kit is available for ten dollars more. Within 3 weeks of receipt of the cheek swab test, pet parents will be e-mailed an official Ancestry Report revealing their dog’s genetic background!

There is an event that Bruiser and I will be definitely attending on August 1st in Austin. I am so excited to finally know exactly what my pooch is really made of! You can check if there is an event near you here. Check it out, Millennials, your dogs will really thank you.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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19 Comments

  1. This is really interesting! I never would have thought to do this. I have a Pomeranian though she doesn’t look quite like all the other Pomeranians we have seen, so she could definitely be mixed with something else. Who knows!

  2. Very interesting.. I never thought to do this but it makes such great sense! I will pass this on to my doggy mommy friends! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Wow! I never thought about that before! I’m not a dog owner, but I know a bunch of people who would benefit from knowing this info!

  4. Good to know! My baby dog is blind, and although we think he is almost totally lab, it might explain his vision if we knew where he came from!

  5. My family and I have been considering that for a while – we got our dog from the pound and we’re sure she’s a mix of breeds! Definitely going to start looking into this again!
    xx, Mikkaela

  6. I never even thought of doing that! what a great idea! My parents have a lab that may not be 100% lab!
    xoxo

  7. I’ve always wanted to try this on my dog, Bentley! He’s maltese, Chihuahua and….? I would love to find out!

    xo Ashley

  8. I wonder if they have something like this for cats. I had got a cat from my friend and the vet guessed what breed she is. I think this would be befinifical to know.

  9. I don’t own a pet right now, but I will definitely keep this in mind when I hopefully get one in the future. I am thinking of making the leap soon, but I really have to do some thinking first.

  10. This is so interesting! I’ve never thought of doing this because when we got my toy poodle we were told he was purebred + we were given papers. Even so I still have doubts because he looks like a poodle + dachshund mix! This definitely gave me something to think about!

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