DNA tests are known to confirm blood relationships in humans.
However, did you know that it can also be used as a way to know your dog’s true breed?
Before you proceed to try one of those DNA testing kits, let me just give you a fair warning.
You may not always like the results of the tests, so be prepared for the outcome, just if it does not end up like what you expect it to be.
A New York woman named Phyllis Von Saspe bought her designer dog, Emma, for $1,700, believing she was a Shorkie or a breed that’s a combination of a Shih Tzu and a Yorkie.
She wanted to confirm her breed so she decided to get her to the vet for a DNA test.
The results left Phyllis quite disappointed.
The test results showed that Emma is not really a Shorkie but a mutt. She is, in fact, part Shih Tzu and part Pomeranian. Phyllis was devastated.
“I felt deceived,” said the woman.
Phyllis is not the only person who got unexpected results from the dog DNA testing.
Even Cliff Mintz, a guy who bought his purebred Havanese from a New Jersey breeder, wanted to check if the breed he was told about is right.
Apparently, the DNA analysis showed that his dog is only part Havanese.
It is also part Shih Tzu.
Inside Edition decided to approach Kathleen Summers of the Humane Society of the United States to test this on their own.
The team and Kathleen went shopping for doggos and they ended up buying a cute pup at the Chelsea Kennel Club.
According to the manager, the dog is a purebred Coton de Tulear, a breed wherein dogs have coats that look like white cotton.
They named the dog Jak and proceeded to have his DNA tested.
Once purchased, the dog was immediately brought to Adam Boyko. He is the chief science officer and co-founder of Embark, a company that specializes in analyzing dog DNA.
The results were far from the store’s claim of the pup being a purebred Coton de Tulear.
“He’s a mutt, just like my dog at home,” Adam shared.
Jak is not purebred but is actually a combination of Maltese, Havanese, and other mixed-breed groups.
And to think that he was bought for $950!
Meanwhile, the store manager insists that their records show Jak as purebred.
“We have documentation and registry papers that say that it’s a Coton from the breeder itself.”
True enough, the store even sent the registration papers of Jak to the Inside Edition team to prove that the breed they stated is legit and properly documented.
Additionally, they also stated that the papers and not the DNA testing are the acceptable roof in the industry when it comes to identifying dog breeds.
Well, does it matter if the dogs we have are not the breed you thought they are?
Whatever breed they are, dogs are still dogs and they love and care for their owners just the same.
Now, that, for me, is the most important thing.
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