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Friday, October 22, 2010

Jojo's DNA Test Results #1 DDC Veterinary Lab

If you have been following this blog, then you know that we have a sweet puppy for adoption at South Hamilton Animal Alliance whose "breed" make-up is in question.  She is just 20 lbs, and sweet as pie. 

Her name is Jojo.  You can read the first part of her story at Jojo: Vicious Pit Bull or Beagle or Boxer or Neither? .

Our Sweet Jojo!

We submitted her DNA samples to three different laboratories who specialize in canine breed DNA tests.  As we waited patiently with baited puppy breath, her test results are starting to arrive.

Today we received the results from the DDC Veterinary: Animal DNA Testing Services Laboratory.  Here is the email that I received...

" Thank you for choosing DDC Veterinary for your Dog DNA Breed Test;
your official framable certificate along with the Breed Description
Summary has already been mailed.

If you don't mind and you are willing to share, we would love to have
a picture of the dog you had DNA tested. Our intention is to
potentially include these candidate photos with future projects such
new webpages and other promotional items. Who knows, maybe your dog
could be a star someday! If you are willing to participate, simply
reply to this email with a picture of your dog.

A copy of Jojo's DNA certificate is attached to this email in .PDF

The breeds listed on the certificate indicate those that were
detected in your dog. They are reported as 5 possible levels to help
you understand which breeds are more prevalent in your dog. A current
list of the possible breeds detected by this test can be found at our

Level 1: Over 75% of the DNA found in your dog is contributed from
the breed listed
Level 2: Each breed listed contributed 37-74% of your dog's DNA
Level 3: Each breed listed contributed 20-36% of your dog's DNA
Level 4: Each breed listed contributed 10-19% of your dog's DNA
Level 5: Each breed listed contributed less than 10% of your dog's
DNA composition

If your results show only one breed, your dog may fall into one of
the following possible scenarios:
1. There are breeds present in your dog that are not among the 62
breeds detected by the test.
2. The contribution of a particular breed to your dog's DNA profile
may be too low to be detected.
3. Your dog may be purebred.

DNA markers and genes are inherited randomly from each parent, making
every dog unique. This is why a dog's appearance may look different
than the breeds detected in the DNA test, and it is also the reason
why dogs with the same breeds detected may have different physical

Please note: The Dog Breed DNA Analysis is designed for the sole
purpose of identifying possible breeds found in your dog's ancestral
background. The DNA test is not intended to identify breeds deemed as
dangerous, and therefore the results should not be used to
discriminate against any single breed. Results are also not intended
to verify breed purity, bloodlines, or be used for treating specific
medical conditions without the consultation of a veterinarian.

We certainly hope that you and Jojo have enjoyed your DNA experience
with us. If you have additional questions or comments please feel
free to contact us

DDC Veterinary"

And now for the unveiling... the breeds that were possibly detected in sweet Jojo are:

"Italian Greyhound 3

Miniature Pinscher 3

 German Shorthaired Pointer 4

 Greyhound 4

See is for adoption at Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Bondurant, IA

 American Staffordshire Terrier 5

 Shetland Sheepdog 5"

My curiosity is heightened to see what the results hold from the other two laboratories.  Will the lab results from the other two laboratories be similar to or possibly match the test results we read here?  Will the results be completely different? 

A little more waiting, and our curiosity should be satisfied...

"Curiosity killed the cat.  Satisfaction brought it back." (a quote by Eugene O'Neill)

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RKD8925 said...

YAY! I've been on the edge of my seat waiting for these results! Can't wait to see the rest of them

cambstreasurer said...

Some of the results are surprisingly specific, aren't they? I would have expected greyhound and italian greyhound to have at least somewhat similar DNA. And what about breeds which come in varying sizes - e.g. poodle?

Tammy Hartwig said...

Hmmm....the only match between the 2 seems to be the Staffordshire Terrier. Will withhold further comment until s in.

Cheryl W. said...

Thank you so much for this. I am so interested. I have two shelter dogs. Dexter, 1 yr old, shelter told me he was an American Bull Dog. Vet said no way. He looks just like Jojo, freckeled feet and belly. The other female 2 yrs old, is a boxer and don't know what. Everybody looks at them and says "oh Pitts". But like you said, who cares, they are most loving, caring animals I have ever owned. Can't wait for the 3rd test.