We Can’t Believe the Results of Our Puppy’s DNA Test!

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If you’ve been following our journey, you know that we’ve been waiting to get the test results from our rescue puppy’s DNA kit. We are excited to share that the results are in and we are completely surprised by them, as many of our readers told us we would be! When we posted last month, asking what you thought Elle was mixed with, we got a lot of very interesting guesses. For us, learning her breeds was more than just for fun. We want to make sure that Elle has the best life and that we are providing her exactly what she needs.

Did you know that different breeds are designed to do different things? While most dogs make great companions, they were designed for things like working, herding, hunting, etc. Because of this, different breeds need different amounts of exercise and are even susceptible to different health issues. When we found out that Chewy sold the Wisdom Panel DNA kit, we knew we had to get it! How could we give Elle her best life if we didn’t even know what breeds she is and what she needs?

Why Chewy?

When we brought her home, one of the first things we did was visitChewy.comto get her essentials. I had heard so many great things about them, from their fun company culture to their unparalleled customer service. Chewy is a group of passionate pet lovers who care as much about your pets as they do their own. They’re dedicated to helping pets everywhere live their best lives by making shopping for pet supplies easy and stress-free. Chewy offers just about anything you need for your pet. Over 1,000 brands, in fact! They offer expert pet advice 24/7 and free shipping on orders over $49. I remember the first order we placed arrived less than 48 hours later. I was shocked! Even more so, I love how involved they are on social media. Tag them in a post and they always have a witty reply! I love that.

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More About the DNA Test Kit

We chose the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification Dog DNA Test Kit. The kit makes the process so easy. You just swab your dog’s cheek, mail it back to the lab and in 2-3 weeks you are emailed an extensive online report that traces back to the great-grandparent level. They test over 250 breeds and the results include a predicted weight profile as well as results for the MDR1 genetic mutation that may cause severe adverse reactions to commonly prescribed drugs. Imagine all of the issues that can be avoided, just by having this information!

Chewy shipped out the DNA Test Kit very quickly and the process was so easy. It took just minutes of our time and the results were beyond our expectations. Turns out, while we’ve been calling Elle a “Shar-Pei mix”, she’s actually only 12.5% Shar-Pei! We were convinced that she had some sort of Labrador Retriever in there and were shocked to find out that she doesn’t.

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About Elle’s Breeds

One of my favorite parts of the report was the family tree. Isn’t science incredible? They can basically tell us what Elle’s parents were mixed with. They also provide a detailed trait summary for each of the breeds on your list, so that you can learn a little more about your dog that you might not have known.

Chow Chow:
Originally bred as a guard dog. They benefit from firm training. Known to be loyal family dogs, are reserved and wary with strangers, have an independent spirit but respond to reward-based obedience training.

American Staffordshire Terrier:
Originally bred as a guard dog. Known to be intelligent, hard-working and stoic dogs. They are very loyal to family and are usually good with children but may not get along well with other dogs. American Staffordshire Terriers enjoy dog sports and competitive obedience.

Chinese Shar-Pei:
Originally bred as a guard dog. Known to be intelligent, independent and alert with a reputation of being loyal to the family. Responds well to a reward-based training involving treats or favorite toys. They are moderately active dogs.

Miniature Schnauzer:
Known to be intelligent, active and alert dogs. They are excellent watch dogs, are quick learners and enjoy dog sports and enjoy chasing and barking at wildlife and can be tenacious or difficult to disengage from an activity that has their attention. Miniature Schnauzers tend to be suspicious of strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.

Siberian Husky:
Known to be active, social and usually friendly dogs with stubborn tendencies. They often do well with children and other dogs, are energetic dogs who participate in dog sports. and may engage in digging and might chase wildlife.

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How Chewy Helps Us Prepare for Spring

So what does this mean? First of all, based on this information, we definitely need to invest in some more toysballs and treats from Chewy! I’ll be setting up that Autoshiporder very shortly, so we can make sure that the packages are delivered every month.  How convenient is that?! Especially for a busy Mom like me who forgets to feed myself sometimes.I also finally understand why Elle is happiest when she is outside running around our property. She’s always chasing birds and butterflies and trying her best to scare away every car and person that come down our street (which is adorable, considering her small size). As for food, we’ve been on the right track, feeding her a diet of natural whole foods along with lean protein meats as the primary component to help maintain her energy and optimal health. And while we love the brand she’s currently eating, should we decide to change her diet, Chewy offers so many options that fit perfectly with her dietary needs.

We’ll be planning more trips to the dog park, allowing Elle to run free and socialize with other dogs and taking more walks. While she needs, and loves the exercise, it won’t hurt for her humans to get a little daily exercise as well!

Have you been thinking about getting a DNA kit for your dog? Now is a great time to visit Chewy.com and get one. While you’re there, make sure to stock up on all your pet needs and enjoy 30% off on your first Autoship Order!

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  1. Wow, I really want to do this now for my dog! Chow Chow and husky are BIG dogs, surprised to see them in there! Great for training and help finding any breed related health issues down the road.

  2. A friend of mine just did this and found out her dog was mostly Pitt. Definitely a surprise!

  3. This is so awesome! I don’t have a dog but I think it’s so important to know everything about it!

  4. Wow. This is really fascinating. The only dog I’ve ever had was purebred but I can imagine it would be a lot of fun to find out and really handy for their health issues etc too. I had no idea this could be done!

  5. That’s really neat! I don’t have any dogs but I do have cats. I think it would be great to be able to do one of these tests.

    1. Wow this is really cool. I never heard about pet DNA before. It looks like it has accurate results.

  6. Wow! I would have bet money that she had Lab in her. Down here where I live, she’s what we call a Heinz 57 dog. She has a little bit of everything! LOL

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      That is hilarious! I’ve never heard that term before. Almost EVERYONE that has met her (or saw a picture) thought she was Shar Pei and Lab!

  7. Wow this world is something else. I know there are human DNA test but I never knew there were DOG DNA test wow mind is blown!

  8. What a great thing for dog lovers! I would think this would really come in handy when verifying pure breds too!

  9. Wow! It looks like very interesting. I didn’t know that there’s a easy to use DNA test for dogs now.

  10. Aww shes a beautiful mix!!! I had no idea DNA test for Dogs was even a thing! That’s so cool!

  11. Wow! I never knew they had these sort of tests for animals, really interesting! But I have to say it your puppy is too cute!! I just can’t get over his sweet little face!

  12. I wow! Chow Chow! i wuld never have guessed! Actually I was convinced there is none as well as Schnauzer. She is perfect!

  13. I’ve had so many great things about Chewy and recently read a rave review about it. I bet Chewy would be amazing for pet owners.

  14. Wow this is so cool! I wonder if they have this kit available in the Philippines already. I’d love to try that with my dogs for sure.

  15. That’s insane it’s like having 10 dogs and one I never knew dogs had like real DNA like this how cool

  16. Wow what a mix of breeds!! She is such a beautiful pup though…it’s always so much fun to find out the breed when you have a mix. Mine is a Morkie..I personally love seeing the different traits.

  17. Okay I’ve heard so many awesome things about Chewy!! This is awesome. I’d definitely try this on our dog when we get one ?

  18. So many amazing breeds in that sweet girl! I have heard so much about Chewy and the process seemed really easy, fast and precise!

  19. I have never heard of DNA testing your dog. But it’s a great idea to learn what makes up your dog’s genetics

  20. I think this is awesome! Now that you know her genetic makeup, she’ll now have her needs met by you and your family, according to the breeds.

  21. When I saw the last post, I was thinking Chow Chow for sure. It’s cool to see the official results and how they broke it down. Such a cutie!

  22. How awesome is this? I know a lot of people, including myself, were going with a retriever breed. I was not aware Chewy offered DNA kits either!

  23. Honestly, I have heard of people taking their DNA tests, but this is the first time that I’ve heard or seen a dog’s DNA test. That is amazing!

  24. Very intriguing! I didn’t know you could do DNA tests like this for your pup! Very cool. And Chewy sounds like it is a great brand to use. I’ll be keeping this in mind when I get my own dog.

  25. Wow,she looks adorable ? I have never heard of dog’s DNA test, it’s quite interesting! I will share this with my sister who has dogs to check their DNA details☺

  26. One of our dog is a mixed as well, I would love to know what he has in him. I didn’t know that DNA kit for dogs exist!

  27. A she’s a beautiful dog! I had no idea about DNA testing on dogs, wow it amazing you guys were able to do this.

  28. A friend of mine has a pup. Must share this post with her. She would definitely check out Chewy. Btw, cute dog! 🙂

  29. I love that she has Siberian Huskey in her! She is absolutely beautiful and I had no idea they had DNA tests for dogs!

  30. I don’t know that much about dogs and breeds, but those results are shocking, even to me. Some are so big, others so small. I had no idea they could do testing like this. It’s pretty cool.

  31. I got a kit at Christmas and haven’t done it yet. Now I am super excited to send it in. No matter what your Elle is a beautiful dog.

  32. They have puppy DNA now that is awesome I would love to know the exact breed of the dog and to get it down like that. It’s so cool to know where your furry friends come from.

  33. Thanks for sharing your results. Though I don’t have a fur baby. Looking forward to getting this done with our next dog.

  34. I didn’t know there was a such dna test for dogs, wow! This is so exciting because we have no idea what our dog is mixed with. He looks somewhat like a Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Maltese but he could be something completely different. This is so so exciting to learn about! I can’t wait to get this for my dog! Thanks for sharing! Wow again!

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      If you get the DNA kit, let me know what the results are! We were totally expecting something different.

  35. I had no idea they had DNA tests for puppies but it makes sense to find out everything possible. I will share this with a friend who has 3 dogs!!

  36. I should have guessed Chow Chow when I read that she had black spots on her tongue! She’s completely adorable.

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  37. I have never heard of Puppy DNA testing but I love the idea. CHEWY offers so many products, I can’t believe I overlooked this one.

  38. Your pup is the most darling doggie ever! I love the whole idea around doggie DNA testing. Especially with mixed breeds and adopted puppies, it’s just fun to know what stories their DNA has to tell. And it’s great to learn about possible health problems so we can have a heads up!

  39. That really is so surprisingly! How cool though that the dominant gene is chow chow. What a beautiful breed of dog

  40. That’s so interesting to learn, this way you know what’s best for your pet

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  41. How cool! This is such a fun discovery. I’ve always liked Chewy.com. I’ve ordered stuff for my cats and guinea pigs there before.

  42. Oh wow how interesting to read is this! I have to admit we did Sally’s DNA and it totally surprised me as well, it is incredible to learn what our pups are made up of!

  43. The puppy DNA test must have been so exciting in your home. Were you all placing bets against each other to see who was the closest? Happy everything is well with your new puppy.

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  44. i didn’t think i wanted to do this with my rescue because i’m a frugal person but then my fiancé bought me one and now i’m so glad he did. it tickles me that my rescue is part corgi!

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  45. I had my DNA profile done several years ago and it was so exciting. I had no idea I could do the same for my dog, Max. This is awesome news!

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  46. That is amazing that you can get DNA kit from Chewy! Many of my friends and family that use their service RAVE about how amazing they are. I was way off on my guess! I would have never guessed Chow Chow or the other breeds!

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  47. omg what a sweet pea! i love the results of this sweet little one- and these pictures are so precious- def favorite find of mine today!

  48. That definitely sounds interesting to try. I would love to see what kind of DNA our dog has. She looks like a lab but I know she’s mixed with other breeds also.

  49. I have never ever heard of this dog DNA testing. Read this with interest since we had our DNA done. Science is amazing with what they can do.