Dog DNA Can Tell You A Lot About Your Best Friend!

Humans are not the only animals with DNA, rather, all living things are encoded with one. We all share the same evolutionary history. So, just like in humans, there are lots of things we can learn about our dogs through genetic or DNA testing.

Firstly, we all know that a dog’s DNA reveals its ancestry and breed mix. In fact, the DNA traces their family trees back to generations. This could be one of the reasons why many dog parents invest in standard DNA testing before adopting new members of the family. You can only guess a dog’s breed by their looks with 25% accuracy, but a standard test can reveal if your dog is a Russell Terrier or an Australian Cattle Dog, or a wonderful mixed-breed. Discovering your dog’s ancestry creates better understanding and care.

Secondly, DNA also reveals the potential health risks your dog may be facing. At least, 2% of dogs have serious allergies to certain medications. This is common with mixed-breed dogs and is known as multidrug sensitivity. The health of our best friends is always a priority to us, so this information is vital.

Thirdly, it is obvious your dog loves spending quality time with you. The bonding is ecstatic and the feelings overwhelming. Discovering your dog’s breed can help you determine the types of activities they might really enjoy. For instance, high-energy breeds like Retrievers love games of fetch and long runs; while breeds with lower energy levels, like Chihuahua, love to take a leisurely walk with you.

Also, every dog parent, like myself, knows that every breed has its own unique temperament. However, a dog’s ancestry is also responsible for certain innate and impulsive behaviors. Realizing this will make you understand your dog’s motivations, interests, and desires!

Watch out for Part 2!

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