Why test your dog?
Together with the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, we’ve developed
DNA-based genetic profiling to better understand how to help our dogs live a happier and healthier life.
Learn about behavioural traits
When we recognise our dog's natural tendencies, we can tailor a training, exercise and nutrition program to their needs.
Predict genetic weight trends
We help determine future size and weight predictions so you can tackle any possible issues, before they occur.
Discover disease risks
Our cutting-edge science helps pet professionals and owners use preventive pet healthcare to better treat our dogs.
The DNA kit
A blood sample is worth a thousand woofs. The ADVANCE™ Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test can be purchased and done at a vet clinic to help you discover the genetic makeup of your dog. It provides you and your vet with insight into their behaviour and any breed-related weight or disease risks that may develop.
Want to know why DNA can tell us so much about our furry friends?
How it works
1. Head into a local vet that sells and conducts tests
2. They’ll take a simple blood sample from your dog
3. They’ll send your dog’s blood sample off to the labs
4. You’ll recieve a personalised DNA report for your dog
A DNA report will tell you...
- Your dog's genetic family tree, back to their great grandparents
- A detailed history and description of each breed detected in your dog's ancestry
- Adult genetic weight predictions
- Recommended ways to feed your dog
In case you’re wondering...
0.5ml (minimum) EDTA Blood Tube
Adequate quantity of high-quality DNA is required. DNA of this quality and quantity can only be obtained from a small blood sample, which can easily be collected during a routine veterinary visit. DNA from blood is considered superior to cheek swab samples in both stability and purity.
All ADVANCE™ Mixed Breed Identification DNA Tests are sent to the Mars US laboratory for analysis. Once the sample has been received it generally takes up to three weeks for the sample to be tested and for the results and report to be generated. Results will then be sent directly to your vet. You can track your sample here using your sample ID and surname.
The ADVANCE™ Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test is a coloured, customised report which includes information on breed, health and nutrition facts and is delivered as a PDF.
All the testing for the MARS DNA Breed test - in US, UK, Canada and Australia - is carried out in the MARS US laboratory due to their efficiency and ability to run and analyse data in the one accredited facility.
Absolutely. The ADVANCE™ Mixed Breed Identification DNA Test is designed for dogs of all ages. Please note that care should be taken when taking blood from young puppies.