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A court has accepted the evidence of Viaguard's Dog DNA Breed Determination test which proved that Jessie, who was about to be euthanized, was according to DNA tests performed by Viaguard NOT within the parameters for breed determination that would include various pitbull categories.

Despite evidence by the city’s canine control unit that Jessie had some physical characteristics of a pitbull, expert evidence presented by Harvey Tenenbaum convinced the court that in the case of dogs or people, physical appearance does n ot reflect personality traits and this evidence given at length and combined with the Viaguard DNA Breed Determination convinced the court that Jessie was in fact not a pitbull.

Jessie's life was spared and she was returned to her thankful owner.

DNA Breed Identification Test

The DNA Breed Identification Test will identify the prevalent breeds in your dog's DNA. These characteristics provide a better understanding of the dog's behavior, potential health risks and personality.

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Click here to have a DNA Sample Collection Kit sent to you today. Remember only Viaguard/Accu-metrics offers precision DNAffirm genetic analysis.

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 among breeds.

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 the type or location in the animal. Taking a cheek swab is therefore the easiest way to obtain the samples needed for testing.

Importance of breed results:

Pet wellness is perhaps the most important part of canine ownership

Acquiring genetic breed heritage knowledge will help educate you about your dog and his or her special health and behaviour traits. You can now be proactive about many of the important factors affecting your dog’s life.

You possess insight into your dog's unique genetic background, including the history of their breed, personality traits, exercise levels, and much more!

You have information on any diseases your dog may be predisposed to. Please make sure to discuss any health issues with your vet and be proactive before any serious illness strikes.

What your dogs breed composition means

Level 1
This category is intended to help owners recognize when their pet's DNA contains a majority of a specific breed (75% or greater). If your dog has a strong match to one of our validated breeds, then it is categorized as Level 1. Most mixed breed dogs will not usually have a breed in this category unless one or both of their parents are purebred.

Level 2
This category reports breeds that are easily recognizable within your dog. While these breeds may have a strong influence on your pet, each breed listed makes up less than the majority of your dog's DNA, between 37%-74%. This usually means one of the parents was a purebred.

Level 3
This category identifies breeds that have between 20%-36% of the listed breed(s), usually coming from a grandparent.

Level 4
Represents 10%-20% of the breed DNA, usually coming from a great grandparent

Level 5
This level represents the lowest level of breed in your dog occurring at 9% or less. However, they still appear at a low and measurable amount in your pet's DNA.

We now test all AKC and CKC registered breeds.

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Viaguard's precision Dog DNA analysis for breed composition is now even more precise because the pieces of the canine genomic puzzle are much better understood.

Genetics is what makes a pointer point, a sheepdog herd, and determines the size and life-span of breeds. Dog breeds have the greatest mammalian diversity in terms of size, shape and behaviour, and are extremely susceptible to behaviour modification by social contact with people and other animals.

In genetic terms dogs are a very recent phenomena, surprisingly there are only about 1500 generation between the common original ancestor, the wolf, and today’s diverse breeds. Recent evidence indicates that the common ancestor had it’s origins in the Middle East and in the course of archaeological studies in the area, there is extensive evidence documenting the transition from the wolf to domesticated family member.

The bond originated as wolves followed hunter-gathers to feed on food remnants left behind. The proximity of some of the animals formed the first tentative but strengthening bond with primitive man. As the bond and domestication evolved, dogs played an important role in human development by acting as sentries and guardians of early settlements. Eventually selective breeding evolved into the specialization that exists today.

Pit Bull or Pet Bull

We are often asked to determine the genetic breed profile of a dog which has been branded a Pit Bull. In some circumstances the very life of the dog may depend on the breed determination made by the Viaguard DNAffirm process so the responsibility is onerous.

Of course there is no such breed as a pit bull, it is a generic term used to refer to a group of breeds, a particular look and personality traits which in composite are deemed characteristics of Pit Bulls.

The misguided discrimination against dogs showing these characteristics is horrific, and almost 60% of dogs euthanized (1.2 million in North America) are described as Pit Bull types.

Where legislation exist enabling such wanton killing, the only defence maybe a DNA breed determination proving that the dog is not primarily from the American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier families, although many of these breeds are loyal and disciplined pets.

Environmental influences including early and often human and animal contact tends to produce well adjusted individuals, canine or human.

Of several hundred suspected pit bull types brought to our lab to have buccel cell swabs taken, the level of aggression has been no greater then that of other breeds.

The science of inferring cognitive and behavioural traits from physical characteristics has no scientific basis and any dog singled out as being a Pit Bull should receive the benefit of genetic breed testing since it’s very life may depend on it.

Accu-metrics is now including American Staffordshire Terriers in the breeds which we test for. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed that is considered very intelligent, human oriented, and affectionate, but can become the victim of breed specific legislation.

When we do a DNA based breed analysis on your dog, should it indicate a level of American Staffordshire Terrier that you may be concerned could cause difficulty, please contact us, as we have put together many studies and profiles that hopefully will exempt your dog from any vindictive legislation. Our documentation has been used sucessfully in the courts, and we hope we have saved the lives of many loved pets.

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