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 Review

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


  • 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

Key Features

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


  • Wisdom Panel Health (tests for breed makeup and health factors): $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.

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 is awesome! We adopted a puppy and we’re curious as to his genes. I feel the results are spot on. I can see all the specific traits in him. We enjoyed this so much, we purchased one for my parents to use for their adopted fur baby! Still awaiting results. I would definitely recommend this. I did shop around, this is the cheapest. – Howieboy, Chewy 5/10/2017

We just received this kit, so far it has been super easy to use! you just swab the inside of the dogs cheek, let it dry and mail it back in the box they provide! I would highly suggest it. – Sheena D., Influenster 5/20/2016

Negative Reviews

Our mixed breed puppy came back with so many possibilities and “mixed breed” was one of them. The only one that made any sense was “a little bit of Shar Pei”. We could see that for ourselves with the wrinkles on her head and neck. Of course, Wisdom didn’t get to see her or her webbed feet. No Labrador found by them and that is predominately what she looks like to so many other Lab owners. Truly A WASTE of our MONEY. – Sarah, Chewy 4/7/2017

So I haven’t used this particular kit but a friend of mine had a DNA test done by her vet and it’s done through the same company – Wisdom Panel. When they go through a doctor they require a blood sample, to me this makes me feel that it would be more accurate versus saliva. Her results came in and we were both completely disappointed. See, her dog has very long hair like a border collie and about the size of a boarder collie (maybe a tiny bit smaller) but she’s a very light tan and white. Her results said staffer terrier, rottweiler, German Sheppard and Shar Pei. Needless to say we didn’t see the resemblance! – Brittney S., Influenster 12/22/2016

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.

Would you ever do a DNA test on your dog?

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Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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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.
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.

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:(
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.
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.
Didn’t get the results you wanted, huh? Genetics is hard.
How long did it take you to get the kit in the mail once you ordered it?
It’s pretty fast. Within a week for sure.