We had always wondered what breed Dingo was. We picked him up from the SPCA as a 3 month old puppy and when we got him they told us that he had been left tied up outside of the SPCA so they were not completely sure what breed he was although it was obvious that he had a significant amount of Labrador Retriever in him we were not sure what else he had in him as it was obvious he was not a pure bred. Over the years many people had different opinions of what he was crossed with. Dingo had a large white chest and was a little taller than your average Labrador Retriever. He was a very playful dog and very loving. Just recently I decided to go ahead and order a DNA breed testing kit from an Australian website for $59 Australian dollars. I just recently received the results back so thought I would share them with you and write a little review.
Ordering And Receiving The Test Kit
So I went ahead and ordered the kit around a month or 2 ago. I was a little skeptical at first because I could not find any reviews on their website which I thought was a little strange. However it was fairly cheap so I took my chances. The kit took a week or 2 to arrive in New Zealand. The kit consisted of an instruction manual on how to do the test, 2 swabs, an envelope to put the swabs in and an envelope to send the swabs back in. On the return envelope you will need to add your own postage stamps as it is not prepaid.
How To Do The Test
Once you have received the test all you have to do is rub the swabs on the inside of your dogs cheek for around a minute. They give you 2 swabs so that you can do both cheeks. Once you have done that you need to put the swabs inside an envelope which they tell you to leave open for around 30 minutes so that the swabs can dry out. Then you want to place the envelope with the swabs in it back inside the mailing envelope and send it back to the testing company. You will probably need to place your own mailing stamps on the envelope so be sure to put the correct amount on so that there are not problems with the shipping process. You will also need to register your kit at the same time. In the instruction manual there is a link to a website where you can register and they also give you your own unique number in order to register your kit.
Dingo's DNA Breed Test Results
So after about 3-4 weeks after sending the testing kit back I received the results via email. They send you a PDF file which shows your dog breed composition on a certificate. They also send you a family tree and a little information on each breed. The breeds that showed up in Dingo's test were German Short Haired Pointer, Labrador Retriever, Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridge Back. German Short Haired Pointer and Labrador Retriever were the 2 main breeds which both showed up for the level 2 reading. Level 2 means they have around 37% - 74% of these breeds. To get a level 1 reading they must have 75% or more of a specific breed. For level 4 he got Great Dane. Level 4 is around 10-20% and usually comes from a great grandparent. For level 5 he got Rhodesian Ridge Back. Level 5 is usually less than 5%. Below are some images of the certificate and family tree that I received.
So the sum things up I am definitely happy I purchased this DNA breed test. It was fairly cheap and it does seem accurate to me however I guess there is no way to know for sure. Sadly my dog has passed away since I had the test done so it is interesting to find out these results. I have included a video below talking a little bit about how to do the test and sharing the results. I have also included a tribute video below which shows some different video clips and photos of my dog throughout the course of his life. Also leave a comment below and tell me if you were surprised by my dog's test results and let me know what breed you thought he would have been.