She Had Her Dog Take A DNA Test – She Never Thought She’d Come Across THIS Amazing Fact

A woman featured on Tech Insider tells us her story of the shocking discovery she made when testing her dog’s DNA. She always thought that her dog Izzie was a mix of a Golden Retriever. Despite 14-years-old, her dog looked so youthful and full of energy. She tells Tech Insider:

This is Izzie. When I adopted her over a decade ago, I was told she was a mixed-breed Golden Retriever. She was only a year old, so no one knew how big she’d get (most Goldens reach their full size, about 60 lbs, around age 2) or how she’d behave in a house where she was the only pet. Our veterinarian told us she looked like a Golden, so it was safe to say she was some kind of (smallish) Golden Retriever mutt.

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When I got the chance to test her DNA, I seized it. There were several options to choose from, but I picked the Wisdom Panel DNA test developed by MARS Veterinary, the world’s largest pet healthcare provider. At $84.99, the kit wasn’t cheap. Inside, I found two cheek swabs along with a set of simple directions.

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It wasn’t an easy task, but she finally got her dog to comply.
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Izzie wasn’t much of a fan of the process.
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Once the swabs were dry, I resealed them, packed them back up, and popped it in the mail. Once it got to Wisdom Panel’s lab, Izzie’s DNA would be scanned and analyzed in a database of 250 dog breeds for 1,800 different “markers,” or places in Izzie’s DNA where there are signature variations, which can be used to determine what breeds she’s most likely made up of. The test also looks for coyote and grey wolf markers. Coyotes, wolves, and domestic dogs can interbreed (they’re all members of the same species, Canis) but they belong to distinct subspecies.

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I was completely surprised. After 2 weeks, I got an email telling me Izzie’s results were ready, so I logged on to WisdomPanel.com and entered my information. Here’s the first screen I saw:

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Welp, so much for her mini Golden Retriever. Izzie turned out to be Chow Chow and Cocker Spaniel, American Eskimo and Samoyed!

And Izzie, with her mix of Cocker Spaniel, Chow Chow, American Eskimo, and Samoyed traits, is certainly unique! She’s loyal and friendly, but wary of strangers. She’s small in stature but big in personality, and she is gentle and loving, despite her occasional bark.

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