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Now four-legged family members can get in on the genetic genealogy act, too. Thats rightowners of mixed-breed pooches can learn about their pets pedigrees so they can confidently answer the question, So what kind of dog is that?
Fern Glazer, our writer who got genetic genealogy experts to answer readers common DNA quandaries for the March 2008 Family Tree Magazine (on newsstands mid-January), uncovered a couple of companies that do doggy DNA testing:
- Last August, DNA Print Genomics launched Doggie DNAPrint 1.0, a test costing about $100 that examines 204 canine markers obtained from a cheek swab to reveal your dogs ancestry population (its relationship to four ancient ancestral breeds). The company is also building a purebred database that eventually will let you compare your dog’s DNA for accurate breed identification.
- Mars Veterinary recently rolled out The Wisdom Panel MX test. Using a blood sample your veterinarian takes, the test detects specific combinations of genetic markers that can reveal the breed heritage of your dog.