DNA Testing Kits for Dogs

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As any pet owner knows, dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some have thick coats, while others are short and stocky. Some are quiet and easy-going, while others are active and playful. Regardless of their appearance or personality, all dogs share a common bond: they're descended from wolves. Over the years, dogs have evolved to become very different from their wild ancestors. Despite these changes, traces of their wolfish heritage can still be found in their DNA. That's where our collection of dog DNA test kits comes in. These kits allow pet owners to uncover more about their dog's genetic makeup.

Want to discover more about your pet? View our range of DNA testing kits that screen for genetic diseases, coat colours, traits, parentage confirmation and much more. Our collection of dog supplies is not limited to dog DNA test kits; VetShopAustralia also has dog first-aid supplies and dog accessories.

Dogs DNA Testing FAQs

Why should I perform DNA testing on my dogs?

Conducting DNA tests will help you understand their potential family tree, which will give you a complete picture of your dog's behaviour and care needs. Additionally, DNA testing for dogs can give you precise information about any potential health problems your pet may have, allowing you to lessen or completely eliminate the possibility of exposing your dog to unhealthy foods or activities.

How does a dog DNA test work?

A dog DNA test kit in Australia contains a swab, which is used to collect a sample of your dog's cheek cells. This sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will compare your dog's DNA to that of various breeds, and the results will be sent back to you as a report.

What will a dog DNA test tell me about my pet?

A dog DNA test can provide information about your dog's ancestry, health risks, and personality traits.

For example, a dog DNA test can reveal which breeds are in your dog's ancestry. This can be helpful if you're trying to learn more about your dog's background or if you're considering adopting a dog with a similar lineage. Additionally, some tests can identify health risks specific to certain breeds. This information can help you make informed decisions about your dog's healthcare.

Lastly, some dog DNA tests also measure energy levels and prey drive, which can give you insights into your dog's personality.

How much is a DNA test for dogs?

At VetShop Australia, we offer a selection of DNA testing kits for dogs that provide sufficient coverage to discover essential insights and significant details about your dogs, all at a budget-friendly price. The cost of dog DNA tests typically falls within the range of $130 to $280. Generally, higher-priced tests offer more comprehensive DNA analysis. However, we take pride in our commitment to low prices. If you find the total price of the products you wish to buy advertised cheaper on any Australian online store, we will match their price*.

How do I conduct the dog DNA test?

There are several dog DNA test kits in Australia, but they all follow a similar process.

  • First, you'll need to purchase a dog DNA test kit. You can buy one right here at VetShopAustralia.
  • Once you have your kit, you'll need to collect a sample of your dog's DNA. You can do this by swabbing the inside of your pup’s cheek with the provided swab.
  • Having a good sample, you'll need to register the kit online and send the sample back to the company for analysis.
  • Within a few weeks, you'll receive your results, which will provide insights into your dog's ancestry and health.

How long will the results take?

In most cases, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get your dog's DNA test kit results back. That may seem like a long time, but remember that the lab has to sequence your dog's entire genome — no small feat! 

Are dog DNA tests accurate?

Generally speaking, yes. However, it is important to remember that these tests are not 100% accurate. This is because there is a lot of variation within each dog breed, and not all dogs will have the same genetic markers. In addition, some mixed-breed dogs may have more than one breed in their DNA, making it difficult to get an accurate reading.

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