When I adopted my dog, Bolt, the shelter’s best guess was Chiweenie, which makes him either a designer dog if you follow outcross trends or a plain old-fashioned mutt. It’s easy to see why he got that label, as he has Chihuahua satellite dish ears, but a longer face and body and T-rex front legs that give him a distinctive Dachshund flair.
I’ll admit, I’ve been very curious about his true heritage. Now I don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to the Wisdom Panel. Just as DNA does everything these days, from finger criminals to let home owners associations ID dogs that do the dirty on neighbors’ lawns, it also reveals the mystery of your hound’s heritage.
Giving your dog a Wisdom Panel DNA test is as easy as swabbing a sample from his mouth, sending it off to the lab, and awaiting the results. I was able to experience this ease for myself, as the kind folks at Wisdom Panel sent me a kit to use on Bolt.
He was very tolerant of the swabbing process, and I left the swabs out to dry as I registered our kit online. Then I popped it into the mail and received an email confirmation of its arrival a couple of days later. Within the next two or three weeks I’ll know whether he’s the illicit love child of a fling between Taco Bell dog and a wiener hound or if there’s a wild card in the mix.
Wisdom Panel is actually in the middle of a cross-country Swab-A-Thon. They’ve already been to Florida, but you can track the progress and other locations on their website. As a big proponent of shelter dogs and mixed breeds, I love what they’re doing to allow adoptive pet parents to know a little more about their new pup’s background.
If you adopt a puppy, you’ll have some idea of just how large it might grow. For a dog of any age, you’ll know what personality traits your dog might be prone to display and use that knowledge to your advantage when training him. You’ll also be warned about possible breed-related health problems that could crop up.
I’ll be sure to share Bolt’s Wisdom Panel results as soon as they’re ready. (Update: find out the results here.) He definitely has the smart but stubborn personality of a Dachshund, and his size seems about right when that’s melded with a Chihuahua (not to mention the giveaway ears), but you never know. I might just be in for a surprise when the final result is in. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can learn more about the Wisdom Panel in the video below:
You can order your own Wisdom Panel kit via Amazon:
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