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Wisdom Panel™ 2.0
Breed Identification DNA Test

The DNA of any dog governs the appearance of the dog as well as being related to the general behavioral characteristics of the breed. In recent years, there has been a great deal of research performed on how differences in DNA give rise to the differences that are seen between breeds.

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Advances in DNA testing technology mean that it has become possible to identify the ancestry of any dog by performing a simple test using a cheek swab. The DNA required for the test to be run is isolated from cells that are trapped on the swab. All cells carry the same genetic material, regardless of type or location in the animal. Taking a cheek swab is therefore the easiest way to obtain the samples needed for testing.
On receipt at the Mars Veterinary testing site the samples are prepared and analyzed, resulting in a rapid and accurate determination of the breeds that have contributed to the makeup of your dog. We believe that 92.5% of the mixed breed, purebread, and designer dog population in the USA is covered by our 62 validated breeds.

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  • Key Benefits
  • FAQs
  • Breed List
  • How DNA Works

Wisdom Panel™ 2.0 easily helps you:
  • Discover the breeds present in your dog through DNA
  • Get a better understanding of your dog's behavior, potential health risks and personality
  • Simple and harmless collection technique that can be done at home
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  1. Does the price of the test include the processing fee?
    Yes. Upon completion of analysis, you will be mailed an Ancestry Analysis Certificate, suitable for framing. You will also receive a Behavior, Health and Personality Summary which will give you general information pertaining to each of the breeds found.
  2. Can you confirm that my dog is pure bred?
    No. The Wisdom Panel™ 2.0 Identification DNA Test is designed for the sole purpose of identifying breeds found in the genetic composition of mixed breed dogs. The test can only identify breeds, from those in our database, which are present. If only one breed is detected, it could be that there are breeds present that are not in our database, or that there is DNA present from another breed, but in amounts too small to be detected.
  3. Can I collect the DNA myself?
    Yes, the collection process is very simple and can be performed at home by following the enclosed instructions.
  4. Does DNA collection hurt my pet?
    The DNA collection is painless. The gentle swabs minimize any chance of irritation.
  5. How do I send the DNA back to be processed?
    Once you have collected your DNA sample, simply put the swab back in the paper sleeve, and place it, along with the Customer Information Card, in the enclosed prepaid envelope.
  6. How long does it take to get the results?
    It typically takes 3-7 days for the lab to receive your sample through the US Postal Service. Results are normally mailed within 2 weeks from the receipt of the sample.
  7. How does Mars Veterinary know which breeds are present in my dog?
    At Mars Veterinary, we have spent a considerable amount of time analyzing DNA from purebred dogs, to build a comprehensive database that highlights the differences between different breeds. By comparing your dog's DNA with our database, we can identify which of our 62 validated breeds are present.
  8. What is the Ancestry Analysis Certificate?
    The list on the certificate shows the detected breeds in decreasing order. The most prevalent breed is listed first, the least prevalent being last.
  9. Why are several breeds listed on my Ancestry Analysis Certificate, and what does the order mean?
    The list on the certificate shows the detected breeds in Levels, based on the percentage of DNA found.
  10. What if there are breeds in my dog that are not in your database?
    We believe that 92% of the mixed breed population is covered by our validated breeds. However, if there is DNA detected from a breed not in our database, it will be assigned to the most closely related breed, or to breeds further back in your dog’s ancestry.
  11. Why is pit bull not on your list?
    The EDP Validated Breeds are based on breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club® (AKC). The term "pit bull" has come to describe several types of dogs, often of mixed breed, that share similar physical characteristics. There are several AKC breeds with characteristics often shared by dogs referred to as "pit bull" that are in our database, such as the Boxer, Bulldog, Bull Terrier and Mastiff, so these breeds could be identified.
  12. How do I find out what dogs are present in your database?
    The EDP Validated Breeds are listed on the website As new breeds are added, our website will be updated.
  13. How accurate is this test?
    It is understood that no analytical test is 100% accurate. If a breed is present in your dog that is in our database of 58 validated breeds, it should be detected. However, if DNA is found from a breed that is not in our data base, it will be assigned to the most closely related breed, or to breeds that are further back in your dog's ancestry.
  14. Will the test tell me what percentage of each breed makes up my dog?
    Results are reported in Levels, which indicate a percentage range. These are:
    • Level 1: Over 75% of the DNA found in your dog is from the breed listed.
    • Level 2: Each breed listed represents between 37-74% of your dog's DNA
    • Level 3: Each breed listed represents between 20-36% of your dog's DNA
    • Level 4: Each breed listed represents between 10-19% of your dog's DNA
    • Level 5: Each breed listed represents less than 10% of your dog's DNA
  15. Will you be adding more dogs to your database?
    Mars Veterinary is always actively working on adding more breeds to our database. They will be listed on our website as they are added.

We have identified the following breeds (DNA exists in our extensive database for these breeds:)

Afghan Hound
American Eskimo Dog
Australian Shepherd
Basset Hound
Belgian Tervuren
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Border Collie
Boston Terrier
Bull Terrier
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chow Chow
Cocker Spaniel

Doberman Pinscher
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
German ShepherdDog
German Shorthaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Irish Setter
Italian Greyhound
Labrador Retriever
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Pinscher

  Norwegian Elkhound
Parson Russell Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saint Bernard
Scottish Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
Siberian Husky
West Highland White Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier


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If 2 pure bred dogs are bred together to create a mixed breed puppy. If this mixed breed puppy is bred with another puppy from 2 other breeds then the inherited traits seen in the offspring would not be what you would expect to see. Common sense would indicate that the dog should be 25% of each of the 4 breeds of their grandparents, however when the genetic make up of those puppies is examined then that is not the case. If there were 16 puppies in the litter then 4 of those puppies would be expected to show 25% of each of their grandparents breeds, 8 puppies would only show 3 breeds, and 4 puppies would only show 2 of the breeds.
The Wisdom Panel™ Insights test only shows the Breeds that actually contribute DNA, so the fact that 12 of the 16 puppies do not show all 4 breeds would be shown by the Breed ID Test.

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