Dog DNA Tests Reviews 2019: DNA My Dog vs Wisdom Panel vs Embark vs PetConfirm

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Have you been dying to know what breeds make up your one-of-a-kind pup? Are you concerned about certain hereditary diseases your dog might develop one day?

DNA dog tests are a fun and informative way to get to understand who your pooch is — and to help you develop a better health plan for their future.

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How Does Dog DNA Testing Work?

A dog DNA test is easier than you might think! All you have to do with at-home dog DNA tests is order the test online, take a simple cheek swab from your dog, place the swab in the provided container and mail it back in a prepaid envelope.

In just a few weeks, you’ll receive a report that includes your dog’s DNA results. Depending on the company, you’ll see the percentage breakdown of your dog’s breeds and risks for developing some hereditary diseases. Some companies also offer parentage testing and purebred and designer dog testing.

What’s The Best Dog DNA Test

We’ve chosen several of the best DNA dog tests on the market and given you detailed information about what you can learn from each one. All of our DNA dog test reviews are at-home cheek-swab tests, but each test differs in the type of results you’ll receive.

Embark Review

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The Embark Dog DNA Test takes our #1 spot. Embark DNA is a comprehensive dog DNA test that screens for breed identification, traits, ancestry and genetic disease risk (for 165 known canine genetic health problems).

Your test results include a detailed vet report to help you and your veterinarian plan the best care for your dog. Embark partners with scientists from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct ongoing research into dog genetic testing — and you have the option to include your dog’s DNA data in their research.

We also like that Embark contributes funding and genetic testing to animal shelters in the U.S. and Nepal. The downside? Embark’s dog DNA test cost is higher than competitors, but we feel that the results outweigh the higher price. It is also the official dog DNA test of the Westminster Kennel Club.



  • Tests for 250 breeds
  • Offers 100 times more genetic information than other tests
  • Genetic mutation testing for over 165 canine health conditions
  • Results back in 2-4 weeks
  • Free replacement swab if yours gets damaged
  • Charitable work with animal shelters
  • Live chat or email available if you need help interpreting test results
  • Positive customer feedback that Embark is the most accurate dog DNA test
  • Website has blog, FAQs and newsletter signup
  • Ability to get raw DNA data
  • Expensive



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Wisdom Panel Health DNA Test Review


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Wisdom Panel Health comes in as our runner-up for the best DNA test for dogs. Wisdom Panel Health tests for breed identification, traits, ancestry and genetic disease risk.

Wisdom Panel covers more than 250 breeds, types and varieties, including 99% of AKC-recognized breeds, and tests for more than 150 disease risks. This company also offers a less expensive Wisdom Panel 4.0 breed identifier test if you are not as concerned with learning your dog’s health indicators.

One thing that is concerning about Wisdom Panel is that it’s confusing as to which test does what. It offers Wisdom Panel Health, 3.0 and 4.0. Wisdom Panel Health is the only one that tests for health related items, but we don’t really understand what the difference is between 3.0 and 4.0.



  • Test covers 99% of 180 AKC-recognized breeds
  • Comes with 2 swabs, and they’ll replace for free if damaged
  • Charitable partnerships with animal rights groups
  • Genetic mutation testing for over 150 canine health conditions
  • Results back in 2-3 weeks (quicker than most)
  • Phone, email customer service for any questions
  • Good website resources about canine DNA testing
  • Expensive
  • Variety of products is confusing


  • Wisdom Panel Health (Breed & Disease Detection): $149.99
  • Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine Breed Detection: Check on Amazon
  • Wisdom Panel 4.0 Canine Breed Detection: NA


Wisdom Panel is often offered at a discount from the MSRP price on Amazon.

Read Our Wisdom Panel Breed Detection Test Review

HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Tests Review

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HomeDNA offers two dog DNA tests, one for mixed-breed identification and the other for health screening. Each $125 test comes with a personalized life plan that you can share with your vet.

Because of the cost of each test, it makes the most sense to choose one of the two (otherwise we suggest Embark for the all-in-one test). If you only want health screening, however, HomeDNA’s DNA Test Kit Health Screen is a better value than Embark or Wisdom Panel.

If you’re only looking for breed information, you should consider HomeDNA’s test. Although pricier than DNA My Dog, it is far more accurate due to their huge database of recognized and developing breeds.



  • Health screening test is a good value
  • Genetic mutation testing for over 150 canine health conditions
  • 235+ recognized and developing breeds in their database
  • Health risks classified based on likelihood and impact
  • Consumers report excellent customer support
  • Expensive (for both tests)
  • You have to order two separate tests to get both breed and health results
  • Results can take a month or longer


  • $125 for Mixed-Breed Dog Identification DNA Test and Life Plan
  • $125 for Dog DNA Health Screen and Life Plan


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Other Dog DNA Tests Reviewed

DNA My Dog | Paw Print Genetics | PetConfirm DNA Test

Although the following tests didn’t make our top three list, they’re popular options you may want to consider.

DNA My Dog Review

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The DNA My Dog breed identification test just doesn’t have the bark for your buck to make our top three. Although you get a report on your dog’s dominant breeds, personality traits and health concerns (based on breed only), DNA My Dog is mediocre compared the breed and trait information you’ll get with our top picks.

DNA My Dog has far fewer breeds in its database, meaning you’re not going to get the level of accuracy you would with Embark, Wisdom Panel or HomeDNA’s Orivet tests. And many Amazon reviewers agree that their test lacks accuracy. But if you’re on a budget, DNA My Dog is the least expensive alternative.



  • Least expensive test we reviewed
  • Comes with two swabs and free replacement if they get damaged
  • Charitable shelter program donates funds to U.S. and Canada shelters
  • Phone and email customer service for any questions
  • Get results in two weeks
  • Only 96 breeds in their database
  • Doesn’t offer genetic mutation testing for health conditions
  • Many customer complaints about their dog DNA testing accuracy
  • Several consumer complaints about delayed results
  • Minimal website resources about dog DNA testing



DNA My Dog often has discounts off of MSRP on Amazon.

Paw Print Genetics Review

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Paw Print Genetics is an excellent choice for breeders or people with purebred dogs who want to test for breed-specific diseases. You can order a single test or a panel of tests to assess the risk of your dog developing or passing on the diseases. Their website allows you to search by breed, disease/trait or symptom.

They also offer parentage tests and a DNA profiling test you can use to ID your dog in the event he gets lost or stolen. Paw Print Genetics has a very limited number of mixed breed tests, and they don’t do breed identification.



  • Analyzes each mutation with two independent methods to provide you the highest accuracy
  • Offers 155+ genetic mutation tests for health conditions
  • Genetic counseling available and excellent customer support
  • Includes Pedigree Report and Genetic Health Certificate
  • Partners with many dog clubs and associations
  • Results available in 2 weeks
  • Can get expensive if testing for multiple diseases (but they offer discounts)
  • No breed identification tests
  • Very limited mixed breed tests
  • Can be confusing to figure out which test(s) to order for your dog


  • Starts at $80 for 1 disease test with discounts for each additional test disease ordered
  • Starts at $80 for 1 coat color/trait test with discounts for each additional coat color/trait test ordered
  • $49 Paw Print DNA Profiling test
  • $30 Paw Print Parentage test (puppy, dam or sire)
  • $19 Paw Print Clear by Parentage test
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PetConfirm DNA Test Review

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PetConfirm is one of many health-related testing kits produced by Confirm BioSciences (most are for humans). The PetConfirm dog DNA test is nearly identical to the DNA My Dog test regarding the company’s breed database and the results you’ll receive.

Like DNA My Dog, PetConfirm gives you a breed percentage report, a custom breed analysis certificate and an outline of the generic health concerns and personality traits for every breed found in your dog’s genetic profile.



  • Affordable
  • Two swabs included and free replacement
  • Phone and email customer service
  • Get results in under two weeks
  • Only 96 breeds in their database
  • No genetic mutation testing for health conditions
  • No information on website about charitable animal work
  • Several consumer complaints about delayed results
  • Minimal website resources about dog DNA testing


DNA Health Testing & Vet Care

We want to warn you that whatever health results you receive in your dog’s DNA test should be taken with a grain of salt. Some pet parents are making life and death decisions based on what could be overstated or misleading health indicators.

For example, research may show that a specific gene mutation may be associated with cancer in Boxers, but that may not mean the same mutation will cause cancer in a Coonhound. However, the mutation would likely still show up on the Coonhound’s report, suggesting that your dog is at risk for cancer. Any health issues that are raised by your DNA test and cause you concern should be discussed with the DNA company for clarification. The top companies all have geneticists and vets on staff who can help and likely set your mind at ease about the true risks for your pet.

Just because your dog has a genetic mutation, does not mean your dog will acquire a disease. You can also speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s DNA results but be careful making any major medical decisions based on the health indications from a pet health DNA test. The vet who has examined your dog in person knows more about your pet’s health than a DNA test taken by mail.

What Breed Is My Rescue Dog?

Unless you’ve gone through AKC’s Rescue Network, where you can find purebred rescue pups, you likely don’t know what your rescue dog is. That’s where a dog DNA test comes in handy! Check out the following video where some rescue dog parents learn about their pup’s breeds.

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How Can A DNA Test Benefit My Dog’s Health?

Knowing your dog’s breed mix can help you and your vet devise a better health plan for your dog. If you get genetic mutation testing, you’ll know your dog has a genetic predisposition for certain diseases he could develop in the future.

Even knowing what breeds are in his mix can inform you about genetic health concerns associated with each breed. Then you’ll know to look for early warning signs, and you can take precautionary measures before it’s too late.

If you are interested in a DNA test for yourself, check out our review of the best human DNA ancestry tests on our sister site, Exploring Life’s Mysteries.

What surprises did you find after having your pup do a dog DNA test?

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The biggest CON isn’t that it’s more than twice as expensive as a DNA teat for Humans. That is a bit ridiculous.
the Wisdom Panel and the Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis are both owned by MARS, but I was under the impression that they operated independently? Any insight into whether the two tests would yield different results?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We haven’t done any research on Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis, so we cannot say one way or the other how it performs. Sorry we can’t be of more help.
Reading all these posts, I’ve come to the conclusion that ignorance is bliss. My dog looks like a pit. That’s good enough for me.
Angie in Houston
A commenter below said something about a questionnaire including a question about suspected breed and an uploaded picture. Is this the standard among your top 3 picks? I would be afraid the results might be a little biased at that point. What happens if you choose not to provide that information, and is that even an option?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
A photo is not part of the DNA testing process. I have tested Wisdom Panel and Embark personally and was never asked to submit a photo of my dog.
I just got the results back from a puppy that has joined our family. I was told that he was 50% Great Dane and then, 30% Neapolitan Mastiff and the rest English Mastiff. Wisdom Panel found that he is 50% English Mastiff, 25% Neapolitan Mastiff and 25% Unsigned Guard dog going back 3 generations. When I contacted the breeder, she said she was surprised by the results since the female is AKC registered Great Dane. Any ideas on what happened?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hmmm that’s odd. I’d contact Wisdom Panel and speak to them about this.
Don’t blame the test results or even the breeder. AKC does not require proof (other than -you have once had papers on a certain dog at one time)that the dog is what it said to be. The breeders great Dane may have had a mastiff mixed in her parents/grandparents history. Buying a dog that has more than one breed also increases your chances that you are not getting what you think. There are a lot of breeders that appear to care about the dogs but actually just care about the dollar. A reputable breeder wants to know where their dogs go and will take them back in a heartbeat!
Fran Cilley
Little Man is a black pariah dog from India rescued from the street. He looks like a black lab with a curly tail. We got his dna some time ago and there was no Lab. He had a small amount of dashhound and nothing else identified. So I guess he is mostly a “natural dog”. He is about 40 pounds and a real sweetheart. We have three street dogs from India ….one looks like part whippet, the other like Carolina, which is the American natural dog and recognized by the AKC, The pariah dogs have been looked down upon but are gaining favor.
Judy T
We just received results from Wisdom Panel on our two very different dogs. Femaile is white/tan 45-50 lbs, male is solid black 120-125 lbs & no similar characteristics. WP says both dogs are predominantly AmAtaff & Chow Chow & then lesser breed indicators. Our male looks Labrador/Great Dane,female looks huskey/cattle dog. After reading the reviews of others, it looks like these DNA websites are saying most breed results are AmStaff. I think we just wasted a bunch of money!
Stacey G
My 15 yrs old chihuahua service dog died recently and I have a new dog claiming to be Chi but has extremely long legs and body with a Shiba inu tail, curls over his back. Never saw a chi with curly tail. I am thinking chi/min pin or is chi Shiba possible? He is very stubborn. What DNA kit test min pin and shiba inu breeds since they are not very common?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
We would suggest that you contact both Embark and Wisdom Panel to see if they cover the breeds you suspect before you buy to be sure you will get feedback on the breeds you are most interested in.
I’ve used Wisdom Panel and DNA my Dog. I felt DNA My Dog gave the better results for my dog. I adopted my dog at about 6mos – she was lanky and I was pretty sure lab/whippet mix. I did the blood test with Wisdom Panel and the results came back “mixed breed” and one grandparent was a golden… everything else was mixed. I did DNA my Dog later and felt they were more on it. I sent them 2 cheek swabs and if those swabs didn’t match they’d send another kit. They came back with her being mostly husky and then the rest a mixture of pit, springer spaniel and cavalier king Charles. After much research, I do believe she’s mostly husky. She just happens to have a short coat, but her eyes are very husky and her coat is the texture of but not fluffy. Expecting her husky background, helped my vet figure out an inability to eat certain foods and the need for a fish based diet. At the end of the day, it’s for fun and the dogs heart and spirit is what really matters.
Jim Ewert
The Google earth view of their street address shows not a lab but a tiny, vacant storefront, no signage, in a dive looking neighborhood
There are a lot of human labs that are in dive-looking neighborhoods, and they don’t have a lot of signage. The money spent on laboratories goes mainly toward equipment, not aesthetics.
Jim Ewert
We received our result from DNA my Dog today. After reading reviews on here, I feel I’ve been swindled. The questionnaire asked what breed was suspected. The rescue agency informed us he came from an Indian reservation and was Mar Emma cross. We did not submit a photo with the kit. The results claim 23-37% Great Pyrenees and 16-23% German Shepherd. Our dog is 40 lbs, white coat(like a Pyrenees) but short hair, Amstaff head & face, brindle spots, terrier tail, brindle spots. I predict a frustrating, evasive response from this company which is either a fraud, or incompetent,and as they are located in Canada, both contingencies are possible. I urge dog owners not to use this service, but rather one of the other reputable services listed here.
Angie in Houston
Did you seriously just suggest that the company is either a fraud or incompetent, simply because they’re located in Canada. Wow. That’s some next-level idiocy right there.
So we did the Wisdom panel and results were 50% Lab and 50% Amer Staff Terrier. It occurred to me, especially after having read comments on this site, that bc testing only goes back 3 generations that perhaps recessive genes going back farther in time cld account for anomalies being expressed by dog owners. Our results didn’t entirely surprise us BUT since he is also a lot taller than AST and Lab combo and his paws are very thick and he is extremely mellow (most of the time) … the vet felt he has Dane somewhere in his ancestry … those factors iprompted us to have him tested. So, is there a test that can peer farther back than 3 generations?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Great question! If you read this article you’ll see that Embark goes back 3 generations as well. Since Embark and Wisdom Panel are the “big players” in this category, I’d assume that others don’t go back farther than 3 generations. However, you know what assuming does 😉 I suggest reaching out to other companies and asking if they go back further than 3 generations. Best of luck!
I found out that both of my dogs are pure breeds. They are 100% dog
This was updated February 2018,and yet you still do not include the review of Wisdom Health, which is both the breed and disease detection similar to Embark (at a cost of $150 vs. Embarks at $200). Wondering how they stack up against each other?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Great question! We’ll consider looking into that during our next audit!
Julie M Pollock
If you’re going to test your dogs, you have to use Embark. After reading everyone’s responses I am totally sure that Embark is the best DNA testing out there and I am so happy I didn’t opt for one of the others or I would have been screwed. I breed Havanese and was really interested in health genetics and their color dna…what colors my dogs can reproduce. Their testing is awesome…plus, because I couldn’t understand some of the Allele information, one of the scientist set up a phone appointment and called me. She spent well over an hour giving me instruction on how to read some of the testing. One of my dogs testing came back in one area a tiny bit low so when my vet got the report, she called me so we can double check with blood work. By knowing my dogs pedigrees and the colors of their ancestors, I can tell you that Embark is very accurate. I did 3 of my dogs and I plan to do 3 more in the next month. I’m now a genetics believer!!
Ty Thomas
I just got my Wisdom Panel results back… and they are laughable at best. They told me that my 35 pound dog is a mix of American Staffordshire Terrior, German Shepherd, and Boxer… again… she’s smaller than any of these 3 breeds.
We bought a online testing kit with Viaguard to find out the breed of our dog,they advertise on the net and amazon.
We paid the money and received the swab kit.
Results were to come in 14 days.
It is now 22 days, i have sent several emails and no reply,a bit of research and it seems many people are in the same boat,looks like we and many others have been scammed,
Lesia Mortensen
Did you ever get a result?
If you look on Wisdom Panel’s social media, you’ll see that the do donate free kits to shelter.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m sorry, Bre, I’m not seeing any mention of donating free kits to shelters on Wisdom Panel’s Facebook page. Could you be more specific where you saw these mentions (social media platform, etc.)? Thanks so much!
I had a good laugh with DNA My Dog.

My dog’s mother is a full Border Collie. My dog behaves like a Border Collie. You can physically see that she’s got some Border Collie in her. We did the test to learn more about the father and did not submit a picture or give any clue about her mother…

Results :
Level 2 Belgian Malinois
Level 4 Boxer
Level 4 Alaskan Malamute

I asked them how come they did not find Border Collie in her and attached a picture. They replied very promptly (the only thing they did well!) and simply claimed it was NOT POSSIBLE her mother was a BC because it would have showed in her DNA (duh!) and then proceeded to describe how they could perfectly see the Belgian malinois and alaskan malamute in her.

I guess I should inform the owners of the mother that their dog is not a Border Collie and suggest they should send her DNA to Dnamydog to find out what is her breed. I am sure they will come up with Chihuahua instead.

Prairie Dawn
Maybe her mother is not Border Collie. Border Collie is number 1 misidentified dog.
DNA My Dog SUCKS. I feel they toss breed names in a hat and pull them out, then send that to you. They did a first test that was totally off. We knew for sure my dog is part Doxie. They did not figure that in either time they ran the test. After I complained for several months, they reran the test on the same dog. Came up with 3 totally new breeds from the first one, and also VERY wrong. Said she is 1/2 Golden Retriever. An 18lb Doxie mix. They put 2 very large breeds and 1 medium. I complained again so she asked for pictures. I was like, pictures really? Why so you can guess from the pictures? I then used Wisdom. First time they figured the LH Doxie. Also said Shih Tzu (which is what our vet figured) and Fox terrier. We don’t see the Fox terrier so much but that at least seems in the right area of her looks. DNA My Dog refuses to communicate with me further. I have asked for a refund now for 2 years. They are horrible and being in a different country protects them. NEVER use that company.
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Nica, so sorry to hear but thanks for sharing your experience!
Nica, if part Golden seems odd for the size of your dog, don’t rule it out. I had a Corgi Lab mix, short legs like a Corgi. Cute.
Absolutely terrible test. If an imbecile from another planet were to suggest the breed(s), then these would say it was a shar-pei when it was a Great Dane. Don’t waste your money.
I used DNA My Dog and received the result yesterday. Wish I would have read the review here first. Since our dog is a rescue we only know that her mom was a lab. When I took her to the vet for her shots, he was sure that her dad must have been German Shepherd (and she totally looks like one). But the result from DNA My Dog listed Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Irish Wolfhound as other breeds, besides Lab. What a joke.
We have tested three of our dogs with two different kits. The first used I can no longer recall, and they have since been purchased/taken over by another company. We tested our first two dogs with that kit, one dog coming out as a Schnocker(Schnauzer/Cocker Spaniel mix) which is quite evident with her appearance. The second dog could not be determined as her DNA(terrier mix) was not decipherable among the various breeds of terriers, and they retested her for free to see if they could make a better determination. The second test yielded the same undetermined results, and again showed a grandparent which had been a Labrador Retriever, which accounts for her webbed feet. The funny thing being that she absolutely dislikes getting wet.
Our third dog has been tested by Mars Wisdom panel. Her results came back quite detailed and noted many breeds which make up her unique appearance. Some of these breeds are obvious by looking at her too. She came back as a mix of Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and American Bull Terrier. Again, quite the mix, but she displays traits for many of these breeds in her behavior and appearance.
We’re thinking of having the undetermined terrier mix tested with Mars Wisdom panel now that there are many more breeds determined since we first had her tested almost a decade ago.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I had so much fun discovering my dog’s DNA results. Hope you enjoyed learning more about your dogs!
Linda Pierce
I was very disappointed with Discount Dog DNA. They ask what breed I thought my dog was and I checked one box. The test came back and said my dog was only that breed. Not true. He is mixed. It went on the further say precaution was needed for his short nose. He has a long nose! Nothing else about my dog was listed! I do not trust this company at all! Save your money!
Just got my dog’s DNA test back from Banfield (Wisdom Panel 4.0). At first I was going to order the test from Mars’ website directly, until I found out that Mars owns Banfield (our vet). The difference being, the website version is a cheek swab and the Banfield version was a blood sample, but the price was the same. We were told when we adopted her that she was a Pitbull/Mastiff mix. Her results came back, Pitbull/Boxer mix. However, only one of her great grandparents were Boxer and the rest were 100% American Staffordshire Terrier. Meaning, she’s pretty much a Pitbull. I will say this too, being that the Am Staff and Am Pitbull are from the same lineage, they cannot test for both and only the Am Staff. I’m told this is due to the DNA markers being identical for both breeds and some even go as far to say they are one breed (another discussion for another day). We are happy with the results from Mars and I would recommend them.
Hi, so there would be no reason to dna test if you’re trying to find out if your dog was an AmStaff (AKC breed) vs pit bull? They wouldn’t be able to tell me that?
Thank you
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Shawna, Embark tests for 175 breeds including American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. So if you opted to purchase that test, you’d be able to learn which one your dog is or has in their family lineage. Wisdom Panel does not test for American Pit Bull Terrier.

If you need further help let me know, I’d be happy to help! 🙂

I am considering Embark, Wisdom Panel or another reputable canine DNA testing service for my dog; I suspect, but don’t know for sure, that she is a mutt or mixed, which is part of the reason why I want to take the test.
Her previous owners were shady / weird, and I wasn’t told anything about her details at the time of acquiring her (it was essentially a 3rd party deal), other than that she is a Jack Russell terrier, and she was 3 months old; but then I later discovered that there was a discrepancy in her recorded birth date (barely any records were given by her previous owners) by a few months! My dog’s unclear background and the small hints of unfit ownership I got from that brief transaction at the previous owner’s house made left me forever concerned about my unusual-for-a-Jack-Russell, not-exactly-small, not-quite-medium, doesn’t-look-like-any-Jack-Russell-I’ve-seen, unique girl.
More recently, I found about the Chilean fox terrier, and other similar fox-rat terriers, notably the Brazilian fox terrier and Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz (something like that)–and immediately, I saw my dog! The distinct markings and patterns on her face and back, which were comparable, but significantly different from, hundreds of images of Jack Russell terriers seen through the years, was immediately recognizable from the first few, pictures of the mentioned fox-rat terriers that I saw.
For years, searching web images of Jack Russell terriers, after seeing several encountered ones and the ones in movies, showed that they looked like each other, but not my dog. That bothered me. To me, my dog deviated from the Jack Russell in appearing like a “Doberman” (the facial shape, weight, typical “melanistic mask” pattern), Chihuahua (for having less of a bearded squared-off snout), kind of Papillon, at times a larger pointy-eared breed, almost a beagle, sometimes a “bull-” breed. Then I see that some other breeds look a lot more like my dog than the breed that I was told that she is. This has been a long-time mystery and frustration of “not knowing” my dog, adding to some infirm despair of suspecting that the previous owners didn’t take care of her right (they passed on a mostly-empty large bag of “Ol’ Roy” brand adult dog food specifically for large breeds–she was the only dog in that house, and was said to be 3 months old; my first impression of her at the time being that she was “the tiniest dog I’ve seen”), a large not-new looking plastic food bowl and not much else….plus, oddly, the children in the house seemed mostly indifferent that the dog was leaving.
The point is, I am sincerely interested in a DNA test for my dog, and the breed detection accuracy and ideally, health insights that a test can provide is very important for me. I don’t know if my dog is mixed or purebred, and her now being old and showing experience-related and other telltale illnesses, a genetic health screening is worth it (money is an issue). Should I wait for technological improvement (old girl is getting old)? What is the most appropriate DNA test service for my situation?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Great question! If you’re definitely wanting to learn more about your dog’s health, Embark is more detailed than Wisdom Panel.

In terms of the breeds you mentioned that your dog may be (Jack Russell Terrier, Chilean fox terrier, Brazilian fox terrier, Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, Doberman, Chihuahua or Papillon), Embark and Wisdom Panel test the following.
-Jack Russell Terrier
-various Fox Terriers (not Brazilian)
-Rat Terrier
Wisdom Panel:
-Russell Terrier
-various Fox Terriers (not Brazilian)
-Rat Terrier
As you can see, they practically test for the same breeds that you listed however, Wisdom Panel does not test Jack Russell Terrier specifically.

I tested both Embark and Wisdom Panel on my Sally and wrote a comparison article. It may help you decide which test you’d like to move forward with. You can read the article here. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with!