Friday, January 22, 2010
The Awesomest JS Post Ever: Doggie DNA Results
Thank you for your patience, readers. I know everyone has been on the edge of their seats so without further delay, check out the results on this handy-dandy chart:
I know what you're thinking: "Chow Chow!?! Rhodesian WHAT?!?" Before we get into just how shocking these results are, let's talk about how the test was done, how the results were presented, and what they mean. If anyone has a greater understanding of DNA testing, I urge you to weigh in via the comment section on this post. Here goes.
The BioPet Vet Lab DNA Breen Identification Test required two cheek swabs - at least ten seconds of swabbing each - with lots of time, space and distance from food and other dogs in the hours before the swabs. The directions were followed extremely carefully. A few weeks later, the Ancestry Analysis Certificate arrived with the following explanation/disclaimer:
The breeds listed in the following report include the breeds that we detected in your dog. In processing, breeds are detected as ranges rather than absolute values. These are then listed on your certificate as values, which are defined as follows:
Level 1: Over 75% of the DNA found in your dog is from the breed listed (Most mixed breeds will not show any breeds listed under Level 1 unless the dog has a purebred parent)
Level 2: Each breed listed represents between 37-74% of your dog's DNA
Level 3: Each breed listed represents between 20-36% of your dog's DNA
Level 4: Each breed listed represents between 10-19% of your dog's DNA
Level 5: Each breed listed represents less than 10% of your dog's DNA
Jack's ancestry certificate lists his breeds as follows:
LEVEL 3: CHOW CHOW
LEVEL 3: COLLIE
LEVEL 4: BOSTON TERRIER
LEVEL 4: BULLDOG
LEVEL 4: RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK
The percentages in the pie chart up above are approximate and for the purpose of JustSaying's short-attention-spanned readers only. BioPet Vet Lab did not provide such an easy to understand visual. They only sent horoscope-sounding personality assessments of the detected breeds and potential associated health problems. No photos or specifics (like whether Jack has American or English Bulldog, Border or Welsh Collie, etc). Here are some highlights - some applicable, some ironic - from those summaries:
The Chow Chow has an innate sense of dignity and may seem aloof and detached. They may be restrained with their affections and are very independent. They can learn, but do not have a strong desire to please their masters and must see the point of commands given.
Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Collie is extremely loyal, devoted and protective. They are sensitive and sweet. May be suspicious of strangers. They may nip at people's heels, due to their herding nature.
Although originally bred for dog fights, the Boston Terrier of today is much less aggressive. They are enthusiastic, have a sense of humor and like being a part of their family.
The bulldog is kind and resolute. The can be very persistent, especially when seeking out attention. Their digestive systems are very active, which may result in flatulence.
A ferocious hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is calm and gentle in the home. They are loyal, straighforward, and very protective of their families. A very healthy breed that is able to withstand extremes in temperatures.
Here's my assessment: