So a few weeks ago I finally decided to get a Wisdom Panel test done on Laika. They were having a $10 off sale at Wisdom Panel so I finally decided to give in to my curiosity. The DNA Test Results are in, and I must say it’s not exactly what I was expecting.
Our Guesses We’re at Least Half Right
I’ve said all along that she was a German Shepherd/Lab mix. The German Shepherd is obvious from looking at her. And she has the same exact build and fur as a Lab so I figured that was pretty likely given how popular they are.
She has a few characteristics I wasn’t sure about such as the wrinkles on her forehead and “freckles” on her chest that are common in Boxers, but then again I’ve read that physical traits aren’t necessarily always an accurate way to guess a dogs breed.
In 2008 a study by the National Canine Research Council found Wisdom Panel to be 84% accurate when there are two F1 parents. I don’t know exactly how much that accuracy goes down when more mixes get involved. Wisdom Panel has since increased the markers they test for – currently these DNA kits are checked for 312 genetic markers.
I suppose I’ll never know 100% but it sounded like fun, and perhaps might give us some extra clues into her ancestry. Since I knew they were coming soon I asked a few people what they thought:
My father: German Shepherd mixed with something hyper
My boyfriend: German Shepherd/Rottweiler
My friend Michelle: German Shepherd/Greyhound
And I’ve always said German Shepherd/Lab.
Everyone said German Shepherd and the other guesses ranged from Dingo to Jack Russell Terrier. I’m pretty sure they were making guesses based on her activity level, which is quite high, or as I sometimes say – insane. Though in the past year she’s mellowed out quite a bit I’m happy to say. She will in fact snuggle up for some late night cuddles rather than having to get in extra zoomies each night (after many hours of daily exercise – both mental & physical).
Laika’s Wisdom Panel Results
The one big surprise is Bernese Mountain Dog. She’s only 70 lbs. so I’m surprised to see any giant breed in her ancestry. Everything else is a definite possibility – I’m really shocked that there’s no sign of Lab though.
We’ll never know what her actual ancestry or history is. We adopted her from a local animal control center after she was found wandering on a dirt road at about 5 months old. I’ve never owned a Berner, Staffie, or Rottweiler – I don’t really know if Laika exhibits behaviors like any of those breeds or not, but it’s pretty fun trying to analyze it all.
I told everyone that as long as she came back with mostly German Shepherd I might think there’s some validity to the test.
What do you think? Does she look like a German Shepherd/Bernese/Pitbull/Rottweiler mix to you?
The Extended Results Wisdom Panel Results
I don’t see any of these. I haven’t even heard of the first one. Thinking of Laika as possibly having Pomeranian just makes me laugh. Who knows. I know these are just the extra breeds they tried to detect in her mixed heritage but they’re still quite funny as I’m looking at my 70 lb dog resting on my lap.
What Do You Think of Dog DNA Tests?
Do you hold any stock in their accuracy? Have you had one done on your dog? Did you agree with the results?
I did it for fun, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m just going to call Laika my little German Mountain Rottbull from now on. Or maybe my Bernese Pittweiler Shepherd. Or the dog that’s likely to hike up your insurance rates. Whatever she is I do know this – she’s the most lovely mutt in the world in my eyes.
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