The Canine Heritage Breed Test began with the search for a set of unique DNA markers, known as SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms), which could identify the breed of a purebred dog. MMIG started by testing over 400 different DNA markers on over 100 purebred breeds to identify the unique combination of markers that describe each breed. After testing thousands of purebred dogs, a unique breed DNA profile was developed using over 400 DNA markers per breed.
From these initial markers MMIG identified a smaller subset of markers used for the Canine Heritage Breed Test. This final marker set, based on a blind study using thousands of dogs that have been verified to be purebred by AKC certification, was able to successfully assign the correct breed over 99% of the time when testing purebred dogs that are among our identifiable breeds. These markers were then applied and validated on mixed breed dog populations.
The DNA analysis used in the Canine Heritage Breed Test comes from the latest advances in genomics science and technology, most of which have occurred in the past seven years.
How we hope that canine genetic information can be used to better manage health and wellness throughout the entire lifetime of your pet.
MMI Genomics DNA Laboratory
MMIG is the primary DNA service provider for numerous canine registries around the world, including the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC) and Professional Kennel Club (PKC). In 2001, while a business unit of Celera Genomics, the company that decoded the human genome, MMIG participated in the most advanced genomic research in the world — years ahead of other companies.
Along iwth a fast turn around, our dog DNA test collection process is simple — no visit to the veterinarian and no drawing of blood. Our painless process involves a quick cheek swab in the comfort of YOUR dog house.
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Approximately 75 million dogs have humans in the United States. 10% of those dogs were rescued from a shelter with little or no known history.
The top 10 dog names of 2011 were: Bella, Max, Buddy, Daisy, Bailey, Lucy, Molly, Coco, Charlie and Rocky. Source: Banfield Pet Hospital
The list of most unusual names for 2011 include: Almost-A-Dog, Franco Furter, Stinky McStinkerson, Sir Seamus McPoop, Audrey Shepburn, Dewey Deimell, Knuckles Capone, Beagle Lugosi, Shooter McLovin, Uzi Duzi Du. Source: VIP Pet Insurance
"I am so grateful that the Canine Heritage™ Breed Test has hit the market! It is such a valuable tool in my practice because, in addition to helping me with potential health and wellness issues, it can shed light on the behavior of a specific animal and assist in the delicate balance of placing the right dog with the right owner."
Dr. Karen Halligan, DVM
Dir. of Veterinary Services, spcaLA
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