Dog DNA – Finding your Breed


There’s a lot to be said about the different breeds of dogs out there. They range from tiny to huge, and have some of the greatest variation in size of any species on the planet. Dog sizes can be smaller than a housecat to larger than a donkey, and have an incredible variety in their coats, temperament, and uses. In this quick article, we’ll take a look at some of the impacts dog DNA has on their various qualities, as well as how you can use your dog’s DNA to find out his or her specific mix of breeds. We’ll also go into a recent phenomenon that just might blow your mind.

Dog DNA is, as with any living organism on the planet, what determines just about everything about them. It contains information for their coat color, eye color, ear size, muscle mass, everything. Finding out which breeds are prone to certain behaviors is crucial in finding the right kind of dog. For example, herding dogs, like collies and shepherds, are notoriously good with children. They may even keep children away from dangerous or “off-limits” areas, which can be set by someone who knows how to train a dog. Picking a dog breed to suit your tastes and living situation is important.

There are several services, both online and in person, that can use specific information (the most accurate of which is a tissue sample containing dog DNA) to find out the exact history of your dog, including breed information, and which traits about your dog come from which breed. This can be used to determine a dog’s temperament before you even adopt it, which can be a great way to make sure the dog will get along with your children or your other pets. Remember, certain types of dogs are better with certain things than others, and it never feels good to make a commitment to an animal that you can’t keep, so be sure to learn as much as you can beforehand.

On a final note, there is actually a service available in some areas to have your pet cloned. You can actually take in your dog for them to take a sample of DNA, and use that dog DNA to create an exact copy of your current pet. This copy, of course, will have to grow from an infant dog, but the resemblance will be perfect. Does that blow your mind?


The information shared on this site is for information only. It does not take the place of professional advice from your pet’s healthcare provider.

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