If you had a mutt, would you be interested in taking a test that would tell you what breeds the dog is comprised of?
Rascal`s mom looked like Lassie. And his dad? Well, that`s a good question. Rascal`s ears make it clear that he was the product of something besides a collie, but his owners couldn`t say exactly what. So Kathie Svoboda of Lincoln dabbed a swab in her pet`s mouth, mailed it to a lab and, a few weeks later, unlocked the mutt`s canine heritage. Collie and cocker spaniel, as suspected, along with a twist — Shetland sheepdog.
The growing availability, and declining cost, of high-tech DNA tests are giving dog owners long baffled over the makeup of their mutts something to do besides shrug and speculate. The tests, which cost as little as $65, are the result of several years of work by scientists who gathered a large pool of DNA samples from thousands of dogs to create a sort of genetic roadmap of breeds.
If it was free or very very cheap, I might do it, just out of curiosity, but it wouldn't matter to me what the results were. I wouldn't pay $65 for it, though. I'm suspicious of how accurate this could be though, I doubt that the differences between breeds are distinct enough to really be able to tell the breed very accurately.
On 10/8/2007 12:30:02 AM burnteffigy wrote: I'm suspicious of how accurate this could be though, I doubt that the differences between breeds are distinct enough to really be able to tell the breed very accurately.
There definitely are very specific differences in different breeds, so i think they can tell. They have all that DNA stuff down quite precisely.