DNA Tests for Dogs: Fun, Interesting, but Probably Not Worth the Money
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Wisdom Panel results (2016)
50.0% American Staffordshire Terrier
50.0% Labrador Retriever
62.5% American Staffordshire Terrier
25.0% Labrador Retriever
Woody! Where has all your Labrador gone?
Embark results (2018)
40.8% American Pit Bull Terrier
30.3% Labrador Retriever
19.9% American Staffordshire Terrier
9.0% Olde English Bulldogge
Are there any bully breed experts who care to explain the possible differences between these results, as well as the mix of breeds reported by Embark?
The funniest results came from a much smaller company – one that returned some very silly results on Otto, too.
DNA My Dog results (2016)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Level 2, i.e., between 37%-74%)
America Staffordshire Terrier (Level 3, i.e., between 20%-36%)
Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Level 4, i.e., between 10%-20%)
Pug (Level 4)
Given both his looks and the fact that Woody stands 24 inches at the withers and weighs 70 pounds soaking wet…I am not sure I can find any room in my heart to buy the idea that he has ANY Corgi or Pug genes.
Want my honest take on these tests? The results from the larger, more reputable companies are fun and interesting, but tend to either confirm that a dog is mostly what he looks like he is, or bring up a breed that one hadn’t considered before because the dog doesn’t look anything like that (like Otto containing either 12.5% % American Staffordshire Terrier [according to Wisdom Panel] or 21.3% American Pit Bull Terrier [according to Embark]– REALLY?). I can’t honestly say the answers are all that satisfying, either way.