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.

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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.

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14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/8/07 - 12:27:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, i dont think i'd really care
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/8/07 - 12:30:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
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.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/8/07 - 12:39:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd be slightly interested, but I wouldn't care enough to spend the money to find out. I'd be happy enough to guess what breeds he's made of just by the way he looks.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 10/30/07 - 3:20:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd like to know for health reasons some breeds can be prone to certain illnesses.I'd be able to give preventative care.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/11/07 - 10:20:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/30/2007 3:20:55 PM lives4him wrote:
I'd like to know for health reasons some breeds can be prone to certain illnesses.I'd be able to give preventative care.

agreed. it would help to know temperment and such. it would HELP but not necessary
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/11/07 - 10:25:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hmm sure, why not? I think it would be interesting to find out.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/14/07 - 2:18:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! Everyone who sees my dog speculates what they think she is. Some say that she's part lab, retriever, pit bull...the list goes on.

It would be nice to know.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/14/07 - 3:53:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
I assume this test is expensive, but if it was cheap, I'd do it. I'm very curious to know what my dog is comprised of. We think corgi and yellow lab, but there is most certainly more than that.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/14/07 - 4:01:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
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.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/14/07 - 5:49:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most of my dogs are mutts except 2 but we know the different breeds in them without having to take the test.
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/8/07 - 3:45:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
My friend has a "mystery dog." I'm sure she'd like it tested. I wish they had this test for my cat!
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/27/08 - 9:07:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't be $65 worth of curious.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 11/28/08 - 2:25:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I find things like that supremely uninteresting. It's a dog, and that's good enough.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 11/28/08 - 2:26:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
i'd be interested but I wouldn't bother until it was more like a tenner or something
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 11/29/08 - 2:08:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, my three dogs are all mutts.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/2/09 - 4:21:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
My dog is a mutt, I don't really care what kind of dog it is. I know it's Rottweiler/husky/lab/something, good enough for me.



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