The Wisdom Panel DNA Dog Breed Identification kit is the latest craze in the dog community. Dog owners used to wonder what their mixed breed dogs were descendant from, and now we can find out! If you are a breeder, you can also use the Wisdom Panel test to ensure that your dogs are purebred. With either test, all you have to do is swab your dog’s cheek, and send off their sample to the lab. In 2-3 weeks you’ll be sent an email with your dog’s DNA profile including a detailed family tree, and information about each breed that makes up their DNA. Your dog will also be tested for multi-drug resistance 1 (MDR1) a genetic mutation that may cause severe reactions to commonly prescribed drugs.

Wisdom Panel detects over 250 breed types and varieties, and traces back to your dog’s great-grandparents. Not only is Wisdom Panel a fun test, it’s a test that will give you critical health information about your dog that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. It’s such a simple and easy way to really get to know your dog.

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meeko's dna test

To provide the best review possible, we decided to try out Wisdom Panel 3.0 for ourselves. We decide to use Meeko, a 13 lb mixed breed dog for this test. He is a 9 year old rescue dog who’s breed mix was previously unknown. When he was adopted his paper work listed his breed as a Rat Terrier, but he didn’t seem to look like a typical rat terrier at all. He’s much more stocky than a typical chihihua Most people guessed he was part chihuahua at least because of his personality and physical traits. Meeko is very protective of his mommy, his room, and his food like many chihuahuas are. The bottom line is, we were curious to know the truth!

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Purchasing

We decided to purchase the Wisdom Panel DNA test from Amazon, because it was a lower price than purchasing straight from wisdompanel.com. We monitored the price for a few weeks, and noticed that there is a fluctuation of about $10 in the total price depending on the day you purchase. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll be eligible for free two-day shipping on this item. If you don’t have prime, there is still a free shipping option, but it will take a few more days. Either way, free shipping is a huge plus, especially for a fairly high-priced item.

The Wisdom Panel DNA Test Kit

When you first receive your test kit in the mail, remove the outer layer of plastic, and then slide off the Wisdom Panel DNA cover on the box. You’ll see that the box inside of the cover is pre-labelled and requires no additional postage. When you open up the box, you’ll see step by step instructions on how to collect and send your dog’s DNA sample to the test lab. In the tray below, you’ll see the two cheeks swabs needed to collect your dog’s DNA samples. These samples are inside of a plastic sleeve which you must remove before collecting your dog’s samples. Make sure to only pull back the edges of the plastic sleeve, because you will return the DNA samples back into the sleeve once they’ve dried.

Below, we’ve included the step-by-step directions listed on the DNA Test Kit from steps 1-6. After completing these steps, there are a few more directions to follow to prep your box for pickup by USPS.

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After finishing steps 1-6, make sure to insert the protective sleeve with the swabs back into the carton insert. Then, simply remove the film on the inside flap, and seal the box shut. Before mailing your DNA Test Sample, make sure to activate your kit at wisdompanel.com/start. After you complete that step, mail the DNA Test Kit to the lab and await your results! 

Waiting for Your Dog's Results

If you’re like us, you’ll anxiously await you dog’s DNA results from the moment you drop your Test Kit into the mail Thankfully, there is a sample status checker on wisdompanel.com. Just login to your account and click on Test Status Checker at the top of the screen. You’ll see the progress of your dog’s sample. Don’t be discouraged if it stays on one step for the majority of the time-some steps take much longer than others! The entire process takes around 2-3 weeks. Once your dog’s results are ready to view, you’ll receive an email notification that they’re ready.

  Meeko's Results

We were so excited when Meeko’s DNA results came in. They received our results on June 29th, and our test results were ready to view on July 11th. So, we only waited a total of about 2 weeks from the day we dropped the DNA Test Kit into the mail to when our results were ready to view. We thought that was a very reasonable amount of time. When you receive your results email, just click on the link that says “click here” and it will open a window to your dog’s DNA results. Before viewing your dog’s results you can also click on the link to the video titled, “Fido’s Traits” that’s included in the email.

  Meeko's DNA Pie Chart

When you open your DNA Results email, the first page you’ll see shows a section of your dog’s unique genetic signature, shown by a long series of letters. Wisdom Panel uses this information as Meeko’s unique identifier to figure out his ancestry. Next, click the orange button at the top of the screen labelled “Start: Ancestry” to view an overview of your dog’s genetic makeup. Below, is the overview of Meeko’s DNA results.

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We found out that Meeko is 50% Chihuahua, 25% Toy Fox Terrier, 12.5% Cocker Spaniel, and 1.5% Pomeranian. Such a cool surprise! Next, we’ll see a more in-depth look of these breeds’ personality traits, physical traits, average height/weight, etc. To find out this information you can either click on each breed on your dog’s DNA pie chart, or you can click the “Next:Ancestry Tree” button. This will lead you to your dog’s ancestry tree, going as far back as their great-grandparents. Then, you’ll be able to take a look at each breed in-depth. Here is a look at Meeko’s family tree.

  Meeko's Family Tree 

As you can see, Meeko comes from a line of purebred Chihuahuas on one side of his family. One of Meeko’s parents was a purebred Chihuahua and the other was a Toy Fox Terrier/ Cocker Spaniel / Pomeranian Cross. Unfortunately, Wisdom Panel can’t determine which parent was which breed at this point. On the mixed-breed side of Meeko’s family, his grandparents were a Toy Fox Terrier and a Cocker Spaniel/ Pomeranian Cross. Lastly, his great grandparents were two Toy Fox Terriers, a Cocker Spaniel, and a Pomeranian. As a dog owner, this is information you can use not only for fun,  but to better understand your dog’s health needs.

  Meeko's Dog Breed Information

Next, you can click-through to the individual breed information. On these pages you’ll find a description, behaviors, typical height/weight, and physical characteristics of each breed in your dog’s mix. Here you can compare your dog to each of the breeds that makes up their DNA and see where they may have gotten certain physical and behavioral traits from. For example, here are the traits that make up a purebred Chihuahua. Meeko has the classic Chihuahua ears and tail, and his muzzle is slightly longer and thinner than a typical Chi. All of the behaviors listed could be used to describe him perfectly as well. We won’t go into detail about the specifics of each breed, but since Meeko is 50% Chihuahua, we thought this info was the most important. You’ll see information just like this, along with a breed description or every breed in your dog’s DNA.

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  Breed Categories

Once you review each dog breed to further understand your furry friend, you’ll be led to a page that shows all the breeds your dog was tested for. They are broken up into categories like compaion, herding, middle east and african, and many more. You can see what categories your dog’s breeds fall into. In Meeko’s case, Pomeranian is in the Companion category, Cocker Spaniel is in the Sporting category, and Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier are in the Terrier category.

  Certificate & Health

Next, you’ll be provided with a personalized certificate for your dog. Here you can print your certificate or send it out on your social media platforms. The certificate also includes your dog’s full family tree. To view the last of your dog’s DNA results, make sure to hit the button on the top right of the screen labelled “Next:Health”. Here you will scroll through a few pages on information about your dog’s health. Wisdom Panel runs a MultiDrug Sensitivity Test to see if they have an increased risk of experiences side effects from certain drugs. Meeko tested negative for the MultiDrug Sensitivity. They also predict your dog’s weight based on the breeds they detected. Meeko’s results stated that he may be between 6-14 lbs. He is exactly 13.6 lbs so they are spot on!

  Do we recommend it?

We absolutely loved finding out what Meeko’s history is in terms of his DNA. The biggest mystery about owning a rescue dog is how they came to be, and what their story is. With Wisdom Panel DNA, you can fill in a huge piece of the puzzle to know your dog even better. You can take greater care of their health by knowing their ancestors, and you can have very interesting information about your pup that is otherwise impossible to know. We would absolutely recommend Wisdom Panel DNA to all dog owners!