View Full Version : What breed is your dog??

09-11-2007, 08:16 AM
What kind of dog is that?! Mutt owners are quite accustomed to the frequent guessing of their dog's breed composition. It can be fun to imagine what breeds are in a mixed breed's family tree. However, for many families with a "Heinz 57" dog, truly knowing their canine companion's history would be very satisfying. Thanks to DNA testing technology, this is now an easy question to answer.

MetaMorphix, INC. Genomics has developed a test called the Canine Heritage Test which can genetically reveal the breed composition of your mixed breed dog at any age. This exciting advance in technology will allow mixed breed owners to learn more about their dog's health, behavior, and family history. For those who own a mysterious, loveable mix and want more dogs like him, this test can help in the search for similar dogs.

How Can You Test Your Dog?

For $65 plus $6.95 shipping and handling, you can order a test from the company's website, www(dot)canineheritage.com. In three to seven days, the test will arrive at your home. Without pain or the help of a veterinary professional, you collect the DNA sample in the comfort of your home.

You will receive a soft-bristled brush which you rub on the inside of your dog's cheek to collect cells. There is video footage of this procedure on the website. You will also receive written cell collection instructions with the test. The swab is simply mailed back to MetaMorphix in a pre-paid envelope, and results will be returned in four to six weeks.


The company has genetically identified and certified 38 common, canine breeds. If any of these validated breeds are present in the composition of your mixed breed, they will be listed in one of three categories: "primary, secondary, and in-the-mix". Primary breeds make up 50% or more of the dog, secondary breeds are easily recognizable but not part of the majority, and breeds "in the mix" are present at a very low but measurable percentage.

Perhaps the only con of this exciting scientific development, if your dog has DNA of a breed that is not yet validated, it will not be listed. However, MetaMorphix's compilation of validated breeds is quite extensive and covers most breeds commonly found in mixes.

The results will be printed on a frame-quality "Certificate of Breed Analysis". This certificate can also include a picture of your dog if you email MetaMorphix a digital photo in .jpeg format. Visit the website for complete instructions on emailing a photo.

Validated Breeds

The 38 validated breeds are the following:

1. Afghan Hound
2. Akita
3. Basenji
4. Basset Hound
5. Beagle
6. Belgian Tervuren
7. Bernese Mountain Dog
8. Border Collie
9. Borzoi
10. Boxer
11. Bulldog
12. Chihuahua
13. Chinese Shar-Pei
14. Chow Chow
15. Cocker Spaniel
16. Collie
17. Dachshund
18. Doberman Pinscher
19. English Setter
20. German Shepherd
21. German Shorthaired Pointer
22. Golden Retriever
23. Greyhounds
24. Italian Greyhound
25. Labrador Retriever
26. Mastiff
27. Miniature Schnauzer
28. Poodle
29. Pug
30. Rottweiler
31. Saluki
32. Samoyed
33. Shetland Sheepdog
34. Shih-Tzu
35. Siberian Husky
36. St. Bernard
37. Whippet
38. Yorkshire Terrier

MetaMorphix expects to expand this list in the future as they genetically certify more breeds.

In the News

The Canine Heritage Test was recently featured on the Today show when host, Meredith Vieira tested her mixed breed, Jasper. She purchased him from a pet store believing he was an Aussie-Poo, or Australian Shepherd, Poodle mix. She discovered that Jasper is actually a Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, and Borzoi mix. (Note: Because the Australian Shepherd is not in the list of validated breeds, it is still possible that Jasper is part "Aussie".)

With the increasing popularity of “designer” dogs, this DNA test will surely continue to be an exciting phenomenon for mixed breed lovers everywhere.

09-11-2007, 03:37 PM
Thats Awsome if its the truth, I know a few people who would love this capability, but I'm kind of relieved that none of the bull terrier breeds are in there yet, just one more thing the Ontario Government would be able to use against its citizens.

09-11-2007, 06:02 PM
I would do it but I know two of my dogs have Malamute in them. And I think one might be pure Mal (the shelter we got her from said she was a Siberian Husky but I've never heard of a 140 lb Husky). So it'd be interesting to see what a DNA test says.

09-12-2007, 12:38 PM
Maybe this will stop those designer breeds from being so profitable, as I feel most actually rip people off by passing that breed off as a legitimate breed, then charge a ridiculous fee. It's very interesting and I like it. It seems to happen often enough that someone gets a dog from a shelter that was mis-categorized.

09-12-2007, 01:18 PM
Yeah and I wonder if that'd help with home owners insurance too. A lot of mixed breeds look like a breed they really aren't. So with papers to prove it's "this" breed and not "that" one, maybe some of these people can get insurance.

Double Trouble
06-17-2008, 07:21 AM
Mine are Eng Bull Terriers, and I know that there is Dalmatian in their genes along with several other breeds.... it would be intresting to find out exactly what went in to making the EBT we see today... lol

Monox D. I-Fly
10-18-2018, 02:02 AM
Do all of them count as Canis familiaris?

11-16-2018, 01:51 AM
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11-20-2018, 02:37 PM
I think Chinese Shar-Pei.

01-03-2019, 09:55 AM
I hope so. No one should make revenue off that.

05-14-2019, 08:45 AM
america pitbull or bullmastive