|Barked: Thu Oct 3, '13 5:26pm PST |
|That's why I never bothered to ask for a retest on Fenrir; figured they'd just tell me what looked most likely based on pictures. I can get that on Dogster for free and probably with better accuracy The funny thing is, he was labeled as a Chow mix at the shelter. I asked the woman bringing him out for us what the deal with that was and she said it must be a mislabel. So after I got those results back, my mother thought maybe he did have Chow after all since it came back 1/4 Chow. I'm much more inclined to think it's a weird coincidence.
I did mine before they had the three different tests, but even then they tried to cover themselves by saying the test wasn't "designed for purebreds". I'm guessing it was exactly because people sent in their pedigreed purebreds' DNA just to prove the test wrong.
Looking at their site, it appears they've changed their tests again. Apparently they have Wisdom Panel 2.0 now which purports to do mixed, designer, and purebred identification, but I think you still have to tell them which one you want done. 2.0 can tell you "level of genetic diversity inbreeding" in your purebred; a bit hard to believe when they don't yet seem to have mastered identifying different breeds. They're really milking this for all it's worth (or perhaps a lot more).
Most interestingly: "Optimal Selection™ is a tool to help breeders choose more optimal pairings by using cutting edge genetic technology to look beyond pedigrees, examine the chromosomes of potential breeding matches, and make more educated selections." Seems like it could actually be useful, especially for subpar breeders, if there was any accuracy to it.
Edited by author Thu Oct 3, '13 5:32pm PST
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