I recently adopted a beautiful cream dog from the Lange Foundation and he's a real pain in the ass.
He has to pee every and poop every day since I feel obligated to give him food and water. He gives kisses that are cold, wet and sloppy. He distracts me when I'm trying to write because I have to go over and snuggle with him. And he snores. He snores sooooo LOUDLY. The reason for this is because he prefers to sleep upsidedown.
He's snoring right now. I think I have to go over and snuggle with him.
Okay, I'm back.
Anyhoo, after I acquired him, I had the chance to find out what type of dog breed he is at a discounted rate. He certainly looks like a Pekingese but he's really big and much smarter than what I was used to with my previous pekes. There was a chance he could have been an impostor and for the cost of a good meal in Los Angeles, I was going to find out.
So I submitted a blood sample to http://www.wisdompanelpro.com/ and waited for a couple of weeks.
If you have a mixed breed dog (or you're wondering if you really have a purebred), then this wisdom panel is a pretty cool thing to do. I don't recommend the cheek swab test. If you're going to do it, then do the blood test through your veterinarian. The cost varies but it could set you back $100 to $150 depending on how much your vet wants to rip you off.
And it's just not for fun. It can give you a lot of information about what type of medical or behavioural issues your dog might have in the future. I recently submitted a sample for a puppy and it came back as a Rottweiler mixed with an American Bulldog. With those breeds in the pot, the owners were going to make sure they put it in some good obedience classes where it could be socialized and they were planning on switching over to a higher quality puppy food to help avoid hip dysplasia.
With Chan, now that he knows that he is a purebred, he holds his head higher and gets really mad at those mutts that cross his royal path. I can't blame him. He is one special dog.
At least in my eyes.