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The Dog Breed Report

Why is there a Breed Similarity Score vs. a Breed Percentage?

Part of the reason why we decided to change the way we report on breed genomic similarity, in particular, is that the percentage breakdown representation of results is often misunderstood by pet parents. Oftentimes, their interpretation is that their

Will the test identify my dog as purebred?

We caution against using our DNA test (or any DNA test) to confirm whether your dog is a purebred. Different canine organizations’ breed standards don’t always have a perfect correlation with genetics. While purebred dogs are likely to have a high ge

Why are there other breeds listed in the results if I own a purebred?

Some breeds are more related than others and can share various amounts of their selective breeding history. For example, breeds X, Y, and Z could all have been derived from breed A at different points in time, and therefore share a high degree of gen

My dog is mixed, what will the scores look like? What’s a "polydog"?

The "mixed breed" category reflects a portion of the dog's genome that is more genetically diverse, and therefore not easily attributable to any particular breed. This is because dogs can have ancestors that were also mixed breeds. These mixed breeds

My dog doesn’t look like any of the breeds listed, why is that?

Unless your dog has purebred ancestry, it is possible that their looks won’t closely match the looks of their top genomic breed similarity matches. This is because your dog’s top breed similarity matches could reflect the fact that your dog and the d

What is dog breed similarity?

We perform low coverage Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) on your dog's DNA sample to get a 'bird's eye' view of their genome. Based on the WGS results, we display your dog's top breed matches. Each match is associated with what we call a "breed similari

Why aren’t there hybrid breeds, like Labradoodle or Cockapoo in the Basepaws report?

A hybrid designer dog, also known as a crossbreed, is a result of breeding two purebred dogs of different breeds. Some common examples of hybrid designer dogs include Labradoodles (Labrador Retriever and Poodle), Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and P