Wisdom Panel Review: Our Dog’s Results Were Surprising

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Sally licking man's faceWhen my husband and I adopted our dog Sally in 2017, we were extremely curious about her dog breed makeup. We suspected she was hound of some sort but were uncertain of what type or anything else beyond that.

We decided to take a dog DNA test to learn more. We completed a Wisdom Panel breed detection test for her and in less than two weeks, we had the results. What we discovered in the results was completely surprising to us.

Wisdom Panel sent us the Wisdom Panel Health DNA test to try for free in exchange for an unbiased review. (The DNA test I conducted with the 3.0 kit was not a free trial.)

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Article Overview

Wisdom Panel

4.8 / 5
Wisdom Panel
Ease of Testing 5.0
Genetic Health Screenings 5.0
Breed Identification 5.0
Pricing 4.5
Customer Support 4.5

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Variety of products is confusing

Key Features

  • Fast results compared to others
  • Simple instructions
  • Distinguishes the breed makeup of your dog
  • User-friendly website

Price

  • Wisdom Panel Health (tests for breed makeup among 350 breeds and health factors): $149.99
  • Wisdom Panel 4.0 Canine Breed Detection (tests for 350 breeds): 
  • Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine Breed Detection (tests for 250 breeds): $74.99

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

My Experience With Wisdom Panel

I had a great experience with Wisdom Panel. In fact, you can read about my hands-on testing in comparison to Embark DNA in this article. I have tested both Wisdom Panel’s 3.0 kit and the new Health DNA tests for my dog, Sally.

The instructions were easy to follow for both tests, and I liked that the packaging was simple because it didn’t complicate things. The swab used to collect the DNA samples are similar to a mascara wand, which I wasn’t expecting but it didn’t affect the way I used it.

Thanks to the DNA test, we were able to learn more about Sally’s genetic makeup as well as the different traits that each breed shows. For example, she has some German Shepherd in her, and she definitely loves to herd. It was fun to connect the dots and understand our pup even more.

Both times I submitted the tests, I received my results within a couple of weeks and was able to read up on the different breeds that makeup my dog as well as the health information provided by Wisdom Panel Health. Overall, it was a fun experience, and I learned a lot.

Sally’s DNA Results

Wisdom Panel Results screenshot

Are you curious about our dog’s DNA results? The Wisdom Panel test said Sally was the following:

  • 37.5% Treeing Walker Coonhound
  • 25% Mastiff
  • 25% Beagle
  • 12.5% German Shepherd Dog

The Coonhound in her is pretty obvious but seeing Mastiff on the results was entirely unexpected. She’s about 50 pounds, so she’s definitely not the size of a Mastiff. However, the brindle coloring in her face and paws, as well as the white patch on her chest, have Mastiff written all over her.

I’m not the only one who was surprised with my dog’s DNA test results. Read some of the whackiest results we found while conducting research for this article.

Sally’s Health Results

Wisdom Panel screens for more than 150 genetic health conditions and noted if Sally was “at risk” or a “carrier” for any disease-causing mutations. Sally’s results showed that she was a carrier for hypocatalasia (aka acatalasemia and canine catalase deficiency (CAT)). She didn’t show up as being at risk for any diseases, which made me a happy dog mom.

Sally's Health Results screenshot

What Do Customers Think Of Wisdom Panel?

Read about what other Wisdom Panel users have to say about the DNA test below.

Positive Reviews

This was a fun experience to see my rescue’s lineage. He’s a unique looking guy, that no one could seem to place a breed or two on. Some said German Shepard with Chow or Keeshond. I thought Golden Retriever, with Husky, or long haired German Shepard. Turns out he’s got 25% Rottweiler? I’m not too sure about that part, but the rest came back making total sense. Overall pretty fun and worth the price. – Amanda F., Wisdom Panel 1/11/2019

I ordered this on a Friday and it arrived by Monday. Very clear and easy to follow instructions and I used it right away. I got an email when they recieved it at wisdom panel and was prepared to wait the full 2-3 weeks after they got it for the results. I only had to wait a week and half and was happily suprised with the results email today! This is the 2nd wisdom panel test I have done on my dogs and while part of my puppies results were shocking, other parts I knew. Over all impressed with the product and with chewys ease of purchase and fast delivery. – Baxtereese, Chewy 12/12/2018

Negative Reviews

I received a referral from a friend who had a 7 of her dogs done. We liked the report just wish they were able to tell more about the 12% of the other mixes in our dog. He is 87% Border collie and 12% mixed with 3 other breed groups. We wanted to know which specific breeds not just the breed groups. A bit disappointed that we did not received the names of the breeds that make him up. Over all happy to see all the additional info about him. – Trent W., Wisdom Panel 5/26/2018

We knew our dog was predominantly dachshund, but wanted to find out what else she was mixed with. She looks and acts like a dachshund, but a couple physical features are slightly different. She even has the webbed feet that is only found in 10 breeds. Dachshund is one of them. We were hoping this DNA test could shed some light for us. We got the results back and no where does it say dachshund. Not even a small amount. It came back with about 5 other breeds that makes no sense. Waste of money. – Jenn, Chewy 12/17/2018

How To Get A Good Swab

When I swabbed my dog Sally’s cheek, I was worried I wasn’t going to do it correctly. Watch this quick video to see how I did it.

Want To Learn About Genetic Makeup Or Health?

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Wisdom Panel provides breed and health information in its DNA tests, which is why we think it’s a great one-stop-shop for dog DNA testing. You can learn about Wisdom Panel’s competitors and see how Wisdom Panel compares to other dog DNA tests by reading our comparison article.

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Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories and more. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child. In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly's research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today.

One of Kimberly's favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs, and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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Karen Bennett
My puppy’s dam was a pedigree beauceron, but the sire was unknown. The test identified 3 obscure breeds at 12% (DNA from well beyond the Great grandparents), and the remaining 68% was put under the category “breed groups” hound and terrier.

No where did the results mention beauceron. The test is flawed and a waste of $. Don’t buy this test!

Dogguy
buyer beware! I have four dogs and tested my German Shepard to see how accurate the test would be for the other three dogs that are unknown. The results came back telling me he is a American staffer terrier. Couldn’t be further from his breed. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!! Lies!!!
Lacey Warner
I found this test to be a waste of $85, the test came back completely surprising and I am almost convinced they uploaded the wrong dog onto my account. The test does not provide all the information on your dogs breed. They only provide about half the percentage of what breeds your dog is and the rest is provided as a group so its left up to guessing.
Tony
I can’t understand the high rating here. I asked for my money back from Chewy.com after I paid $80 for a test that told me what I already knew. My dog is 75% pit bull and 25% something else. The something else was the reason for testing. Lots of arguments over the rest of his ancestry. This was a joke of a product and seems like so much snake oil.
Connie
If you contact Wisdom Panel, they’ll review the results with you. I’ve done two dogs with them, and both came up with a small panel (around 10%) of mixed breed. The problem is that the DNA segments are so mixed, they aren’t easily able to be identified to a particular breed. Because the test goes back three generations, its likely that the parents of your dog were a pit bull and pit bull mix, and the mixes parents were mixes, and the grandparents were also mixes – which makes it extremely difficult to identify the mixes in each breed generation.

As the DNA database gets larger, the results will get more specific. It works the same way with DNA testing for humans – the ethnicities change as the size of the database gets larger and the matching algorithms get more accurate.

Ted
There is no coupon discount on the MSRP on Amazon. The price on Amazon is $79.99.
Anne Kohorst
I cheek swabbed my dog after a treat. Saw the wait 2 hours after treat notification. I washed the swabs and will retry in in 2 hours. Was that ok:( My dog is a biter and I was trying to make a pleasant experience:(
Joe
While I’ve seen strange results, most of the folks who say Wisdom Panel is full of it are just sore because they didn’t get the expected results. I said “most”. Obviously there are a few results that can’t be right.
Mark
Once again the Mars Wisdom panel is completely full of shit. It isn’t even close. This is the second dog i’ve had tested and the results are almost as if someone tried to guess the opposite of what the dog looks like. Don’t waste your money. I think the people doing the tests must be mixing up the swabs with other dogs.
Joe
Didn’t get the results you wanted, huh? Genetics is hard.
Beth
How long did it take you to get the kit in the mail once you ordered it?
Tim
It’s pretty fast. Within a week for sure.