THIS POST WAS UPDATED MARCH 6, 2014. Read a recent article I wrote for The Bark magazine, Do DNA Tests Reveal Genetic Secrets, (November/December 2013) that explains why DNA tests are accurate but they probably won't tell you what you want to know.
Several companies sell mixed breed dog DNA tests. Are they accurate? I used two kits and compared Izzy's results to find out.
The Wisdom Panel results indicated that one parent was a Miniature Pinscher/Shih Tzu mix. On that side of the family her grandparents were too, as well as her great grandparents. This means that one parent was a "Pin -Tzu" designer hybrid which is an intentional cross between the Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu. Her other parent was a mongrel of indeterminate ancestry. On that side of the family, all her ancestors were mixed breeds of unknown origin. That's a Pin Tzu above, and Izzy to the right. So based on Izzy's looks, I would say this test is accurate.
|The Wisdom Panel test indicated she is the offspring of a carefully bred|
hybrid dog who fell in love with a mongrelly mongrel.
In conclusion, I would say that both tests were accurate, but the Canine Heritage test was not as thorough as the Wisdom Panel.