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HOW TO DISCOVER THE ANCESTRY OF YOUR FURRY BEST FRIEND


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Ever wondered about the unique blend of breeds that make up your furry best friend?


Now, with Ancestry's Know Your Pet DNA test, the mystery of your dog's genetic makeup is just a swab away from being unravelled.


This comprehensive dog DNA test offers a fascinating journey into the ancestry and traits that contribute to your furry friend's one-of-a-kind personality.


There are an estimated 28.7 million pets in Australia, with the country reported to have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.


About 69% of households in Australia own pets, with dogs being the most common (48%), followed by cats (33%).


Know Your Pet DNA leverages the DNA science and technology expertise from Ancestry to offer dog owners a greater understanding of their pets so that they can provide optimal care.


The features of Your Pet DNA include:

  • Breeds: Discover the precise breakdown of your dog's breed(s) from a reference database containing over 400 different breeds from all over the world.

  • Matches: Uncover close genetic matches to other dogs in our extensive dog database and dogs with similar breed mixes in your local area.

  • Traits: Gain valuable insights into the unique genetic makeup of your pup with 30 behavioural and physical traits to help you understand them even better.

“One thing we hear from our customers who are dog owners is that ... their pet is part of the family," Brian Donnelly, Ancestry Chief Commercial Officer, said.


“I was inspired by the love my family has for our dog to create a product that helps us better understand him and meet his needs based on his genetics.


"The Know Your Pet DNA test is the most scientifically advanced dog DNA test on the market.


"It offers customers detailed insights into their dog’s behavioural qualities and traits—like their likelihood to have separation anxiety when they are left alone, their stress in veterinary situations, willingness to share with other dogs, noise sensitivities, and more.".

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Know Your Pet DNA by Ancestry® was developed by an expert team of DNA scientists and animal geneticists, who engaged in global research collaborations with institutions dedicated to canine well-being like Massey University and the University of Minnesota.


After purchasing a DNA kit, taking the Know Your Pet DNA test is easy with three simple steps:

  1. Register your test at petdna.ancestry.com

  2. Gently swab the inside of your dog's cheek for 30 seconds.

  3. Return the sample using the provided prepaid box.

Once your dog's DNA is received, scientists meticulously prepare the sample, extract the DNA and, using Thermo Fisher Scientific’s DNA microarray technology, identify each dog’s unique genetic blueprint.


Ancestry’s scientists then analyse genetic patterns compared to an expansive database, and unveil each dog's lineage, traits, and kinship connections in a clear, detailed, and easy-to-read format in just 2-4 weeks.

“Identifying the breed and genetic makeup of a dog requires advanced DNA analysis technology, especially for those with complex ancestry from many breeds,” said Kim Caple, President, Genetic Sciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific.


The dog DNA kit retails for $129 and is available exclusively on petDNA.ancestry.com.


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