Really? are they that unreliable? I know that my dogs mom is a MinPin, but I really wanna know what the dad is. Just cause I wanna know. They told me it was a Xolo, but I dont know if I believe them. I have looked at pics of them, and I just dont know if I see that breed in the pups.
I have seen a mail in one in a pet supply catalog before. But it was kinda expensive.
I think they work. I had them done on 2 of my dogs before-One was a dachshund(just to see what they would say-as a test) And one on my chihuahua because someone said he didn't look like a chihuahua. Both came back as what was expected. You have to remember mixes hardly ever resemble their parents-even in color. So that all black dog probably is what was said in the test results. There is a good likelihood your dog's dad truly is a Xolo- Just because you don't see the breed in the dog doesn't mean it's notin there.Ionce had a black and white dog-The mother was a border collie and father was a rat terrier. The dog, named Heart, looked simply like a 20pound border collie-I didn't see anything of the rat terrier in her at all
I know people with purebreds who have had them come back wrong. I think thats what happened when the today show tested it out to. Every dog has other breeds that supposedly get in the way and not all breeds are available so the closest might come up. I read a lot on it on another forum once but that basically sums it up.
Unless you have extra money to spend I don't think its a wise thing to waste money on. But if you have the extra cash and its just purely for fun try it.
Make sure the breed you are looking for is even on their test range though.
I have thought about trying it with the dog my cousin kept from our foster litter a couple years ago. Her dog looks like a australian shepherd but a little tall. Its mom was a dobe and no one ever believes us! Some places used to require a pic and I bet those made guesses.
And color had nothing to do wtih the iffy results on the large black dogs results. Max a severely obese pug or Maltese is no more than 50lbs right? This dog hoovers around 100lbs and looks fit.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
I don't know what you consider cheap, but either Petco or Petsmart has them for $69.99 I think. They give you a kit and you send in their saliva, they mail you back the results. They do have a disclaimer that the results are not always accurate. I have never used it...I know what my dogs are, and it doesn't matter to me if they aren't what I think.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
Written by a friend who is a forensic biotechnologist on the subject for another forum. No they do not work they are a waste of money.
Dekka wrote "The problem is not the DNA technology.. that is pretty straightforward these days. The problem is statistics. That is how these tests work. There is no gene that says 'golden retriever' or ones that even say retriever group. What the tests do is match your dogs profile (meaning they look at specific areas of 'junk' DNA and read the sequences at those spots. CODIS uses 13 loci to make profiles for criminals) to a database. Your results are only as good as your data base. The problem is none of them have good enough databases at this time I doubt they ever will.
So your dog's profile is run through a program and it picks which breeds have similar profiles. Problem is that the computer has to pick. Its like being told to pick a ball.. you pick blue. Then you are asked is it red or yellow. You must answer.. no matter what you pick it won't be accurate.
I know of many people who know what their dogs are and some people who don't who have done these tests. A black 60 pound dog came back as primarily Maltese. Purebred dogs have came back as ridiculously different breeds.
Breeds look different, but often they share similar backgrounds. The DNA that is tested is not the DNA that makes the dog's hair long, short or brown, its not the DNA that makes the dog tall, short, or inbetween. The DNA used is the 'junk' DNA that codes for nothing.
Its all a numbers game. The more you pay them.. the better thier numbers are!"
Houdini's Apple Cider RAMCL AGDC ADC MSDC ~ AAC's Top Dog List 2007 - 11 Q's ~ 2008 - 11 Q's Stanton Acres Out Of The Ashes (I haz a Q too now)
I know some labs don't even have all the genetic markers for alot of breeds. sometimes they are right, and sometimes they are not. I would not bet my life on what the DNA comes back, but if you have the money to spend, I think it is kinda fun to do. I know a few of my Mags. have the tests for around $50. I have not seen anything cheaper then that. Good luck
A while back the local news did a story about a lab in Cincinnati, OH that is supposed to have good results. If I remember right the price was $85.00. I don't remember the name of the company but I'm sure you could find it on the net.