DNA My Dog was the least expensive test I tried for Gibbs, my 3-year-old rescue tripod. Here are the results:
Level 3 (26% – 39%): English springer spaniel
Level 3 (26% – 39%): German shepherd dog
Level 4 (10% – 25%): Keeshond
Level 4 (10% – 25%): Akita
Level 5 (1% – 9%): Chow chow
Note: Breed crossover with both Embark and Wisdom Panel was German shepherd dog and chow chow.
DNA My Dog provides a no-frills experience to determine the make-up of your mixed breed pup. But if you don’t really care about that stuff anyway, the end results at least had two of the same breeds as the bigger, more expensive competitors. Unlike many of the “leading” dog DNA tests on the market, DNA My Dog also has an app where you can access your dog’s results as well as a repository of breed information. The app is a bit clunky and antiquated, though, and I’d prefer a better web experience (like the top brands provide) vs. a sub-par app experience.
The collection process seems almost suspiciously simple, with just 20 seconds of collecting a sample in your dog’s cheek (this was more difficult than I thought, though, involving pinning my dog between my legs!) and then packaging it up, seemingly unprotected, in an envelope to send back.
The process was quick, though! It took less than two weeks from the date I sent back Gibbs’ sample to get results. The results came with a printable, electronic certificate featuring Gibbs’ picture and DNA composition. Rather than giving an exact percentage, they assigned percentage ranges to certain “levels.” DNA My Dog also sent (in an email attachment) common personality traits and genetic health concerns with each breed that makes up your dog.
In short, this test does the job, but if you’re looking for more of an “experience,” upgrade to Embark or Wisdom Panel.
Ran DNA My Dog test in October 2021.