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When 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.)
- Pros & Cons
- Key Features
- Personal Experience
- What Do Customers Think?
- How To Get A Good Swab (Video)
- Learn More About Genetic Makeup Or Health
- 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
- Variety of products is confusing
- Fast results compared to others
- Simple instructions
- Distinguishes the breed makeup of your dog
- User-friendly website
- Wisdom Panel Health (tests for breed makeup among 350 breeds and health factors):
- Wisdom Panel 4.0 Canine Breed Detection (tests for 350 breeds):
- Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine Breed Detection (tests for 250 breeds):
Wisdom Panel is often offered at a discount from the MSRP price on Amazon.
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
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.
Read about what other Wisdom Panel users have to say about the DNA test below.
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
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
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.
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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