What Is the Bulldog Temperament Like?

The bulldog has a flat face, dark eyes and massive jaws that are undershot, giving it a comical grin. He has short, muscular legs. The skin of the bulldog is loose with heavy wrinkles and folds on the face. The neck is short and thick. The shoulders are large and muscular. The bulldog’s chest is deep and full.

If you’ve been wondering if the bulldog is the right dog for you, you’ll want to know about his personality. Here is everything you need to know about the bulldog temperament.

The bulldog is a gentle family companion and a good-natured dog who loves everyone – even children and other family pets. However, the bulldog may behave aggressively toward unknown dogs.

This breed is very human-oriented. The bulldog will actively seek out human attention.

This dog is a snuggler. The bulldog loves spending time with its humans and will gladly take all of the affection he can get. He has a laid-back attitude and is a great fit for families or seniors who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.

The bulldog is predictable and dependable. He is very sociable and has a sweet disposition. He loves to get attention. This clever and affectionate dog is also an endless source of entertainment. He is playful, lovable and loyal. Bulldogs are one of the most amiable dog breeds.

You don’t want to leave a bulldog alone for long periods of time as they will get bored or lonely, and that can lead to destructive behavior. So if you work a job with long hours, the bulldog may not be the right dog for you.

This breed is easy to care for and his exercise requirements are very manageable. This is a low endurance dog. A bulldog doesn’t need a yard or a lot of vigorous activity. He’s not a barker, which makes the bulldog a good breed for apartment or condo living. This courageous breed also makes a very good watchdog.

Get the Irreverent Vet’s take on the English Bulldog here.

The bulldog is not a picky eater but he may exhibit food aggression. Bulldogs love to eat and you should never mess with a bulldog while he is eating. Keep children away from your bulldog’s food bowls. Other animals should not be fed in the same area as a bulldog.

While the bulldog is very laid back, he can have a very headstrong nature. He may be a little stubborn and difficult to train. The bulldog can be a slow learner, but once he knows something he’s got it for good. The best way to train a bulldog is with food and positive reinforcement.

A bulldog is known to snore, snort and drool regularly. So if these traits bother you, a bulldog is not the dog for you.

To learn more about the bulldog, go to English Bulldogs – Choosing an English Bulldog.

Learn more about the types of bulldogs here.

Types of English Bulldogs

People often wonder about the types of English bulldogs. In actuality, there are no different types of English bulldogs. While other types of bulldogs, like the American bulldog, have different types, there is only one type of English bulldog.

But when it comes to personality and temperament, there are many types of English bulldogs. Some types of English bulldogs are social and people oriented. Others are dependable and predictable. And some types of English bulldogs are more of a watchdog.

The English bulldog, also known as the British bulldog, originated in the British Isles. It descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff. It is a medium size dog with a compact body. Typically, an English bulldog will stand about 16 inches tall and weigh somewhere between 50 to 55 pounds.

This type of bulldog is brawny. This little powerhouse has a large head and body. It has wide, muscular shoulders and short, sturdy limbs with great muscle definition. The stubby tail can be either straight or screwed.

The forehead of the English bulldog is full of wrinkles. (You should clean these wrinkles on a regular basis to avoid skin infections.) These dogs have a wide, short muzzle. The face of an English bulldog is very short with a flattened appearance. Another trademark characteristic of the English bulldog is that the lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw, giving it an underbite and a comical grin.

The English bulldog has a smooth coat that sheds moderately and needs little care. The coat color of an English bulldog can vary in colors ranging from brindle, piebald, white, red, fawn or fallow.

English bulldogs have a winning personality. They love their people and they get along with children splendidly. They are very kind and devoted to their family members, but they may act aggressively towards strangers. English bulldogs are eager to please with a gentle, sweet nature, which makes it a wonderful family pet. They love being with their humans.

Originally bred for bull baiting, this breed is courageous with excellent guarding skills. They can be aggressive to unknown dogs.

English bulldogs are energetic when they are young but they slow down as they get older. The physical traits that we so love in the English bulldog (overshot mouth, short nose and wrinkles) are the main reason this breed can have many health problems and a short lifespan of about eight to ten years. The English bulldog is a loud breather prone to breathing problems. He will snore loudly and he will probably have drooling tendencies.

The English bulldog is a good dog for apartment living since it is not a barker and he is not an active outdoor dog. Still, the English bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk.

English bulldogs are best suited to temperate climates. They can easily catch a chill in cold weather, and they may have trouble cooling off or they may have breathing problems in very hot weather.

The AKC recognizes the English bulldog simply as the “bulldog”.

To learn more about the English bulldog, go to English Bulldogs – Choosing an English Bulldog.

To learn more about Bulldogs, go to Types of Bulldogs.

What Is the French Bulldog Temperament Like?

Compared to other bulldog breeds, the French bulldog (or “Frenchie”) is a bit smaller in size. The French bulldog stands just 12 inches tall and weighs just about 17 to 28 pounds. The Frenchie has a very solid build. This is a compact and tough little dog. It has a flat face (brachycephalic), those distinctive bat-shaped ears and a cute bow-legged gait.

This dog requires a moderate amount of grooming. The Frenchie’s short coat is easy to care for and it comes in a variety of colors including black, black and white, white and fawn. The French bulldog has facial wrinkles which need to be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid skin infections.

Here is everything you want to know about French bulldog temperament. The French bulldog will make you laugh. Unlike other types of bulldogs, the French bulldog has a comical personality that humans find very endearing. This pleasant, free-spirited dog is known for its stubbornness and its laid-back personality.

Frenchies are very even tempered dogs. They love almost everyone they meet and they are great lap dogs. They are very attentive and will follow you around from room to room.

French bulldogs have a very sweet nature and are protective of their loved ones. Frenchies demand attention – they don’t want to be ignored. If a French bulldog is living with a family, he will compete with other family members for attention. They are very affectionate and loving dogs. They are also very sociable dogs, so they get along well with strangers and other pets.

Find out why we love the French bulldog so much. Go to Breed of the Month: Why We Love the French Bulldog. 

French bulldogs are generally quiet – unlike many small dogs, they do not frequently bark. They will only bark when they are excited. Frenchies don’t need a lot of exercise, although they do enjoy a daily walk. They can be very active and playful indoors but they do not need a yard to play in, making them the perfect pet for apartment or condo living. A daily walk is good exercise for a French bulldog.

The French bulldog is not a breed to be owned and ignored. This breed needs leadership. If it senses that its owner is meek or passive toward it, it will become very stubborn and even snappish. Don’t wait – start training your French bulldog the day you bring him home. If you wait until he is six months old to train him you will find that you are dealing with a headstrong dog.

The Frenchie has a flat face and tends to snort and snore.

This dog does best in a family where someone will be home with him for most of the day. So if you work long hours, this is not the dog for you.

To learn more about the French Bulldog, go to Choosing a French Bulldog.

Learn more about the types of bulldogs.

Learn More About the Types of Bulldogs

In 1886, the American Kennel Club registered the bulldog. The bulldog is a good-natured dog who loves everyone. He is a great family dog with a laid-back attitude.

The word “bulldog” may mean many different things to different people. That’s because there are many different types of bulldogs to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and appearance. In general, these dogs are medium sized, but a lot heavier than you might think.

Here are the different types of bulldogs.

  • English bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • American bulldog
  • Olde English bulldog

All bulldogs share a common background. Their ancestors were used for bull baiting. That’s when a bull is tethered while the bulldog grabs the bull by the nose and pins it to the ground. So it makes sense that these dogs had a determined nature. They also had stocky bodies, large heads and strong jaws.

While these different types of bulldogs share a common background, they have different histories, different appearances and different temperaments.

Types of English Bulldogs

People often wonder about the types of English bulldogs. In actuality, there are no different types of English bulldogs. While other types of bulldogs, like the American bulldog, have different types, there is only one type of English bulldog.

But when it comes to personality and temperament, there are many types of English bulldogs. Some types of English bulldogs are social and people oriented. Others are dependable and predictable. And some types of English bulldogs are more of a watchdog.

The English bulldog, also known as the British bulldog, originated in the British Isles. It descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff. It is a medium size dog with a compact body. Typically, an English bulldog will stand about 16 inches tall and weigh somewhere between 50 to 55 pounds.

This type of bulldog is brawny. This little powerhouse has a large head and body. The forehead of the English bulldog is full of wrinkles. (You should clean these wrinkles on a regular basis to avoid skin infections.) These dogs have a wide, short muzzle. The face of an English bulldog is very short with a flattened appearance. Another trademark characteristic of the English bulldog is that the lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw, giving it an underbite and a comical grin.

English bulldogs have a winning personality. They love their people and they get along with children splendidly. They are very kind and devoted to their family members, but they may act aggressively towards strangers. English bulldogs are eager to please with a gentle, sweet nature, which makes it a wonderful family pet. They love being with their humans.

Originally bred for bull baiting, this breed is courageous with excellent guarding skills. They can be aggressive to unknown dogs.

To learn more, go to Types of English Bulldogs.

You can also read English Bulldogs – Choosing an English Bulldog.

Johnson American Bulldogs and Scott American Bulldogs: What’s the Difference?

While most people have heard of the English bulldog and the French bulldog, many may not know about the American bulldog. The American version of the bulldog has longer legs, and it is faster and agiler than the English bulldog. Muscular, sturdy and powerful, they were used as working dogs for many tasks including guarding and hunting.

The American bulldog is known for its loyalty and bravery. This breed loves children and has strong protective instincts. When they are raised with cats and other dogs they will generally get along well, but they can be aggressive toward unknown cats and dogs. The American bulldog has a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years.

Over time, the American bulldog came very close to extinction. But in the mid-20th century two men decided to restore the American bulldog – John D. Johnson with his stud dog “Dick the Bruiser” and Allen Scott with his stud dog “Mac the Masher”.

Johnson American bulldogs are also known as classic American bulldogs. This type of American bulldog is the larger of the two types. Typically the Johnson American bulldog will stand about 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 90 and 120 pounds.

The Johnson American bulldog has heavier bones, wider chests and boxier heads. It more closely resembles the English bulldog. It has an undershot bite.

The Scott American bulldog is often called the standard American bulldog. It stands about 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder. The Scott American bulldog looks like an oversized white pit bull. The Scott American bulldog has longer legs that are positioned under the body, not out to the side like the Johnson American bulldog. This dog has a longer muzzle. The bite is either level or a slight underbite.

All About the Puggle Breed

Have you thought about getting a puggle? Puggles are an extremely popular crossbreed. The puggle is a mix between a pug and a beagle. They have the wrinkles of their pug parent and the longer muzzle of a beagle, which makes breathing a lot easier.

The puggle’s double coat is short and smooth, and it is very easy to care for. They need very little grooming and they shed moderately. Brush your puggle once a week to get rid of excess hair. Puggles come in a variety of colors including black, fawn and tan. Some puggles have black masks on the face.

A puggle makes a great pet for first-time dog owners, families and seniors. This is also a good breed for households that have other pets. Because of a tendency to bark or howl, this breed may not be the best choice for those living in an apartment or other noise-controlled environments.

The breed is generally healthy, although they are disposed to some health issues including hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cherry eye, hypothyroidism and patellar luxation.

What Is the Puggle Temperament Like?

Because they are a mix of pug and beagle, the puggle’s personality is also a mix of their parents’ temperament. They have inherited their active inquisitive attitude and a love for sniffing from their beagle parent. And they have inherited their sweet nature from their pug parent.

To learn more about pugs, go to Pugs – Choosing a Pug.

To learn more about beagles, go to Beagles – Choosing a Beagle.

So what is the puggle temperament like? Puggles are sweet, good-natured, playful, perky and energetic little dogs. Puggles will run and play like a puppy even when they are grown up. They are known to be affectionate and they love to cuddle. They love to get lots of attention. Puggles are very social dogs. They get along well with children and other animals. This breed is usually very welcoming to guests and strangers.

The puggle makes a wonderful companion for families and is well suited to living in an apartment or a large home. This breed is lively and energetic so they need exercise. While a puggle can get most of his exercise indoors, puggles enjoy going for a walk or playing in a fenced yard.

The puggle is an intelligent dog that is moderately easy to train. (They do have a tendency to be a bit stubborn.) They respond well to treats and praise as training tools.

Barking is a common complaint with puggles, especially when the dog is left home alone or when it does not get the proper amount of exercise. The puggle is also a digger and a wanderer.

To learn more about the puggle temperament, go to What Is the Puggle Temperament Like?

How Long Is a Puggle’s Lifespan?

Pets age much faster than we do. The lifespan of a dog depends on its size or breed. In general, the larger the breed or size of dog the shorter the lifespan. The puggle lifespan is about 10 to 15 years.

When your puggle is a puppy, it will take a little adjustment for him to settle into your home. Taking care of a new puppy can be a lot of work initially, but this is a job that pays for itself in the end. It is very important that you develop good, healthy habits during those first few weeks to set the stage for many happy years of dog ownership to follow.

You’ll have plenty of good years to enjoy each other’s company before your dog has to face the challenges of being a senior. Dogs are considered to be “senior” in the last 25 percent of their lives.

To learn more about a dog’s senior years, go to When Is a Dog Considered Senior?

To learn more about the puggle lifespan, go to How Long Is a Puggle’s Lifespan?

This Is the Information You Need to Know About the Puggle

If you’re looking for puggle information, you’ve come to the right place. Here is the puggle information that can help you to better understand the breed and to decide if it is the right choice for you.

The puggle is a mix between a pug and a beagle. It is believed to be the result of an accidental breeding between these two breeds. The puggle originated in the United States in the 1980s.

The puggle has become a very popular crossbreed because of its fun-loving disposition and its playful nature. This breed brings together the very best characteristics of both parental breeds and dog lovers just love this breed. How much do dog lovers love the puggle? In 2005, the puggle became the most widely owned crossbreed dog ever.

What’s the Average Weight for a Puggle?

An average puggle stands about 10 to 15 inches high at the shoulder and weighs somewhere between 10 and 30 pounds. Even within the same litter, puggle puppies can look very different from each other. The puggle’s size will depend upon what traits from the two breeds the individual puppy has inherited from his pug and beagle parents. You may get a small 15-pound dog, or you may get a larger 30-pound dog.

Both pugs and beagles are known for their tendency to overeat, so it’s no surprise that puggles are also notorious overeaters. Eating is one of their favorite activities. The problem is that they will consume so much food that they will often become overweight, which is very unhealthy. Because of their tendency to overeat, you should never free feed a puggle. It is recommended that you feed your puggle a high quality dry kibble, monitoring the portion sizes. The daily provision of food can be broken down into two or three meals so that your puggle can eat several times throughout the day. This should help to keep your puggle in good physical shape.

How will you know if your puggle is overweight? Your veterinarian will check your dog’s weight when he sees him. There are also some things you can do to determine if your dog is overweight. When you look down at your dog, you should be able to see a waist. Also, when you touch your dog you should be able to feel his ribs (but you should not be able to see them). If you or your vet determines that your dog is overweight, you will want to cut down on his food and increase his activity.

A staggering 53 percent of American dogs are obese. And while the numbers continue to rise, our dogs are suffering from many obesity-related health issues. And while the national average for canine obesity is alarming for all dogs, if you have a breed that is prone to overeating (like the puggle) you should be even more concerned. To learn more about canine obesity and how to manage it, go to Canine Obesity Management.

If you let your puggle eat too much you may be killing him with kindness. Obesity is a dangerous disease that can cause lasting damage to your dog’s internal organs, bones and joints. And some of the damage done by obesity can never be reversed even with a change in diet and exercise. Some of the damage to your dog’s body will remain for life – and the longer your dog carries around that excess weight, the more severe the damage to the body will become.

It’s important that you feed your dog a healthy diet in the right portion sizes. Many dog owners have wondered about homemade diets for overweight dogs. In many cases, this can be a good option for an obese dog. To learn more, go to Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Overweight Dogs.

If your dog is overweight, he can suffer from osteoarthritis, liver disease, trouble breathing, decreased stamina and heat intolerance. An obese dog can develop high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer. So take good care of your puggle and make sure to watch his diet.

To learn more about obesity in dogs and what you can do to help, go to Is Your Dog Overweight? How to Deal With Obesity in Dogs.

To learn more about the puggle, go to All About the Puggle Breed.

This Is the Information You Need to Know About the Puggle

If you’re looking for puggle information, you’ve come to the right place. Here is the puggle information that can help you to better understand the breed and to decide if it is the right choice for you.

The puggle is a mix between a pug and a beagle. It is believed to be the result of an accidental breeding between these two breeds. The puggle originated in the United States in the 1980s.

The puggle has become a very popular crossbreed because of its fun-loving disposition and its playful nature. This breed brings together the very best characteristics of both parental breeds and dog lovers just love this fun breed. How much do dog lovers love the puggle? In 2005, the puggle became the most widely owned crossbreed dog ever. Hollywood stars that have been reported to own puggles include Jake Gyllenhaal, Sylvester Stallone and James Gandolfini.

When a male beagle is bred with a female pug it often results in the death of the puppies as well as the mother. So a puggle is created by breeding a female beagle to a male pug. Today, breeders are also breeding puggles with other puggles and the result is a more standardized dog.

Puggles have the wrinkles of their pug parent and the longer muzzle of a beagle, which makes breathing a lot easier. Some pugs suffer from respiratory issues from its short muzzle, but this is not usually an issue for the puggle.

Puggles are people-friendly and fun-loving with a playful spirit and a desire to please. But at their worst, puggles can be stubborn and uncooperative. To learn more about the puggle go to What Is a Puggle?

Puggle puppies, even from within the same litter, can look very different from each other. The puggle’s size, temperament, coat type and color will vary – it depends on which traits of the two breeds the individual puppy has inherited from its parents. Quite often a puggle will turn out to be a larger dog than people might expect, with some individual puggles growing as large as 30 pounds.

Puggles love being with their human companions. The puggle is by nature a very adaptable dog, but puggles can suffer from separation anxiety when they are left alone for long periods of time. And puggles can be barkers if they take after the beagle side of the family.

Both pugs and beagles have short coats that are easy to care for, and the same thing can be said for the puggle. Just brush the puggle weekly to remove loose hair and bathe him only as needed.

Just like people, dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems. Puggles may be susceptible to the health problems of both the beagle and the pug, which include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and patellar luxation.

Another serious health concern you need to be aware of with the puggle is obesity. Puggles love to eat, so it is important that you monitor their food intake carefully. Never free feed a puggle. Instead, feed the recommended portion size twice a day. This will help to keep your little eating machine in tip-top shape.

Have you thought about a name for your new puggle? Here are some ideas that can help. Go to Puggle Dog Names: Cool Names for Puggle Breed Dogs.

To learn more about the puggle, go to All About the Puggle Breed.

How Long Is a Puggle’s Lifespan?

Pets age much faster than we do. The lifespan of a dog depends on its size or breed. In general, the larger the breed or size of dog, the shorter the lifespan will be. The puggle lifespan is about 10 to 15 years.

Your puggle will require different types of care throughout his lifetime. When your puggle is a puppy, it will take a little adjustment for him to settle into your home. Taking care of a new puppy can be a lot of work initially, but this is a job that pays for itself in the end. It is very important that you develop good, healthy habits during those first few weeks to set the stage for many happy years of dog ownership to follow.

The first thing you should do when you get a new puggle puppy is to find a good veterinarian. Take your puppy in for a checkup as soon as possible. This will help you to ensure that your young puggle puppy is healthy and it will lay the foundation for a lifelong preventative health routine. Ask your vet to recommend a good food for your new puppy and ask your vet to help you set up a good feeding routine. Set up a vaccination plan and discuss options for parasite control. If your puppy has not already been spayed or neutered, ask about when you should have this done.

A quality puppy food will help set the stage for a healthy lifestyle. Your puppy’s body is growing in critical ways during this time. To best support this growth, you’ll need to choose a food made especially for puppies. Your young puggle should remain on a high quality puppy diet for 9 to 12 months before switching to an adult food. Also, make sure that your puggle always has a good supply of fresh, clean water.

Housetraining is a big concern with a new puppy. Remember to give lots of positive reinforcement when your puppy goes to the bathroom outdoors. Also, remember not to punish your young puppy when he has an indoor accident. It is best to develop a potty schedule for new puppy. Always take your puppy outdoors when you wake up and right before going to bed. Also, take your puppy out right after he eats or drinks a lot of water. When your puppy wakes up from a nap, or after physical activity, head outside for a bathroom break.

Teach your new puggle puppy to be obedient and to be social with other animals and people.

You’ll have plenty of good years to enjoy each other’s company before your puggle has to face the challenges of being a senior. Dogs are considered to be “senior” in the last 25 percent of their lives.

To learn more about a dog’s senior years, go to When Is a Dog Considered Senior?

As your dog ages, he becomes increasingly at risk for developing signs of aging. He may slow down, and his body may become predisposed to certain illnesses, like arthritis. By being aware of some concerns for you aging puggle, you can be better prepared to care for your aging companion. To learn more about these medical conditions, go to 14 Common Disorders of Senior Dogs.

To learn more about the Puggle, go to All About the Puggle Breed.

What Is the Puggle Temperament Like?

Because they are a mix of pug and beagle, the puggle’s personality is also a mix of their parents’ temperament. They have inherited their active inquisitive attitude and a love for sniffing from their beagle parent. And they have inherited their sweet nature from their pug parent.

Pug Characteristics

Pugs pack a lot of love and enthusiasm in a small package. This small, affectionate oriental breed began as guard dogs in ancient Chinese temples. The breed was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Pugs have round massive heads with short, square muzzles and deep wrinkles on their foreheads. Pugs have prominent eyes, straight legs, and a tightly twisted tail over the haunches. From the top of the shoulder, the pug stands between 10 and 11 inches tall and weighs between 14 to 22 pounds. The pug is affectionate, loveable and even-tempered. Pugs love company and want to be everyone’s best friend but they will sulk when left out of activities. Pugs love being part of the family.

To learn more about pugs, go to Pugs – Choosing a Pug.

Beagle Characteristics

The beagle is one of the smallest members of the hound group. Though the precise origin of the beagle is unknown, the breed seems to have been a favorite human companion and vigorous rabbit hunter for centuries. Since the 1950s, the beagle has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most loved breeds in the United States. The beagle has a playful demeanor and boundless energy. Unfortunately, because of their compact size and friendly temperament, the beagle has been one of the most popular dog breeds to be used for medical research.

Beagles are small, short-haired hounds with long ears. Due to their short hair coat, beagles do not require special grooming. The coat colors are a combination of tan, black and white. This breed is not aggressive. Beagles are friendly and loveable. They are intelligent, good-natured and docile companions. This breed is an excellent choice for families with children. Beagles do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They can easily become frustrated and bored, leading to behavior problems and excessive baying. Beagles love to hunt and have a strong desire to dig.

To learn more about beagles, go to Beagles – Choosing a Beagle.

Puggle Temperament

So what is the puggle temperament like? Puggles are sweet, good-natured, playful, perky and energetic little dogs. Puggles will run and play like a puppy even when they are grown up. They are known to be affectionate and they love to cuddle. They love to get lots of attention. Puggles are very social dogs. They get along well with children and other animals. This breed is usually very welcoming to guests and strangers.

The puggle makes a wonderful companion for families and is well suited to living in an apartment or a large home. This breed is lively and energetic so they need exercise. While a puggle can get most of his exercise indoors, puggles enjoy going for a walk, or playing in a fenced yard.

The puggle is an intelligent dog that is moderately easy to train. (They do have a tendency to be a bit stubborn.) They respond well to treats and praise as training tools.

Barking is a common complaint with puggles, especially when the dog is left home alone or when it does not get the proper amount of exercise. The puggle is also a digger and a wanderer.

To learn more about the puggle, go to All About the Puggle Breed. Link to pillar article.

How Do Dog DNA Tests Work?

Dog DNA tests are becoming more popular among dog lovers. Not only will they provide you with information about your dog’s true heritage, they can also help dog lovers to provide better care for their dogs.

Have you wondered how dog DNA tests work? These tests compare a sample of your dog’s DNA to their breed database to determine your dog’s heritage. The bigger the database used for the test, the greater the accuracy and usually the higher the cost. There are a number of different dog DNA tests on the market with varying qualities of database information to determine your dog’s heritage. There is also a variety of price ranges for these tests ranging from about $69 up to $200. When choosing a dog DNA kit, you should make your selection based on the test’s accuracy, cost and the type of results you want to achieve.

Dog DNA kits can be purchased online or at many pet retail stores.

After you purchase your dog DNA kit, read the instructions carefully. Most dog DNA test kits will require you to wait a while after your dog’s last meal before testing.

When you’re ready to test, swab the inside of your dog’s cheek using the swab in the package. Then, package the swab in the container provided in your kit and use the postage paid envelope to mail your sample back to the company’s lab as soon as possible.

Dog DNA testing is very much like human DNA testing. The companies that sell these dog DNA tests maintain a database of breed-related genetic markers that they use when performing genetic testing. After receiving your dog’s DNA sample, they run it against these profiles. By determining which breed-specific markers are present in your dog’s DNA profile, they can give you an idea about the different breeds in your dog’s ancestry.

In a few weeks, you’ll receive the results of that testing by mail or email. The length of time you will have to wait for your results depends on the type of test you use. The more data you compare, the longer it will take to complete the test. Some dog DNA tests will deliver results in as little as two weeks while others may take up to seven weeks to process your results.

The results of your dog’s DNA test will vary based on the test kit that you use. All dog DNA tests provide breed identification, but the accuracy of that information will depend on the number of breeds in the tester’s database. The more breed information available for testing, the more accurate the results will be.

Some dog DNA tests screen for genetic health conditions. Some will identify how big your young dog will grow to be. Other tests may give you information about food and environmental sensitivities. Your dog DNA test may help you to better understand your dog’s traits and behaviors. Or they may test for stress, drug sensitivities or general health information.

All dog DNA tests do not work the same way. Some dog DNA kits work much better than others, depending on the accuracy of their breed database and their ability to screen for genetic diseases.

Remember that all dog DNA tests are not created equal. Some dog DNA tests will only identify your dog’s breed, while other tests give you more information, including a complete health risk profile.

To learn more about dog DNA tests, go to What Is a Dog DNA Test? 

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