• Learn your pet’s family history with Dog DNA tests!

    September 18, 2023


    Is your dog prone to have separation anxiety when left alone? Get stressed in veterinary situations? Are they likely to not want to share with other dogs?

    These are just some of the questions pet owners can now get answers to thanks to the launch of the dog DNA test!


    Dog DNA infographic from Ancestry


    Pet owners can now get a better understanding of their dogs thanks to the launch of a dog DNA test.

    Ancestry is the global leader in family history, with more than 24 million people in its DNA network.

    And now the company is aiming to do the same for pet families!

    Last week was the launch of Know Your Pet DNA and its first product offering is a dog DNA test.

    DNA tests for dogs

    Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with an estimated 28.7 million pets.

    Approximately 69% of households in Australia own pets, with dogs being the most common (48%).

    Cats come a close second, with 33% of households owning a feline.


    KNow your pet DNA by Ancestry photo of box cover
    Ancestry’s new dog DNA test allows owners to understand their dogs more (image supplied)

    Learn your dog’s traits and behavioural qualities 

    The Know Your Pet DNA offers customers detailed insights into their dog’s behavioural qualities and traits.

    “One thing we hear from our customers who are dog owners is that many of them consider their pet to be a part of the family,” says Brian Donnelly, Ancestry Chief Commercial Officer.

    “At Ancestry, we are constantly looking for new ways to innovate and use our expertise to give our customers a better understanding of themselves and their family.

    “As a proud dog enthusiast, I was inspired by the love my family has for our dog to create a product that helps us better understand him and meet his needs based on his genetics.”

    Features of the Ancestry dog DNA test include:

    Breeds: Discover the precise breakdown of your dog’s breed(s) from a reference database containing over 400 different breeds from all over the world.

    Matches: Uncover close genetic matches to other dogs in our extensive dog database and dogs with similar breed mixes in your local area.

    Traits: Gain valuable insights into the unique genetic makeup of your pup with 30 behavioural and physical traits to help you understand them even better.

    How it works: After receiving a dog DNA sample, Ancestry’s scientists analyse the genetic patterns.

    These are compared to an expansive database, and unveil each dog’s lineage, traits, and kinship connections. Results are received within two to four weeks.


    Dog DNA mixed breed result example
    The test lets you find out your pet’s real genetic makeup (image supplied)

    An expert team of DNA scientists and animal geneticists are to thank for the Know Your Pet DNA by Ancestry®.

    The team conducts global research collaborations with esteemed global institutions.

    “Identifying the breed and genetic makeup of a dog requires advanced DNA analysis technology, especially for those with complex ancestry from many breeds,” said Kim Caple, President, Genetic Sciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    The dog DNA kit retails for $129 and is available at a special introductory price of $105 through September 30, exclusively on petDNA.ancestry.com.


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