A letter from reader Patty Yates about getting answers to something mutt owners have been thinking about for decades:
I recently received a ‘Doggie DNA” results test on Bogey as I was curious as to what breed he really was. I was surprised to learn he was not Chow/Golden Retriever mix but Parson Russell Terrier, Afghan Hound & Chinese Shar-Pei.
The DNA test would cost approximately $65.
You can also ask your local vet for recommendations on a DNA testing facility for you.
This letter comes at a time when I’ve been thinking about getting a doggie DNA test for Bo. He too is a Chow/Golden mix, or so we believe. You see, he’s stubborn and has to have things his way but always friendly. If that doesn’t say Chow-Golden I don’t know what does, but based on Patty’s story, I may be wrong.
The question I ask myself is “Do I really want to know the results?” What if I find out he has German Shepherd in his background? Will I forever wonder if his great, great, great, grandparents were Nazi sympathizers? Or what if his ancestors dipped into the Chihuahua gene pool? Will I subconsciously start treating him like a lap dog rather than the 65 lb paper weight he truly is?
So many questions, so little time.
I’m anxious to hear others’ experience with DNA testing. Pass along your results in the comments section.