The Embrace Pet Insurance office pups are a wide range of breeds, ages, sizes and colors. You're able to look at some of our regular office pets and know what breed they are immediately - like Bruiser the English Mastiff or Andre the Pomeranian. Then there are those pets that you look at and wonder, "What are you?"
Such is the story with Hazel and Captain. Both are sweet and adorable but neither are completely recognizable as a certain breed. As is often the case with rescue pets, we have no way of knowing for sure where they came from, what they've been through or who their parents were. Some people sit and wonder while others refer to their pup as a "mutt" or "mixed breed" and call it a day.
However, knowing your mixed breed pet's genetic make-up can be beneficial in ways beyond just being able to answer "What are you?" Most importantly, it alerts you to the genetic/hereditary conditions your pet may be prone to. So when Pet Fella, an online pet boutique, contacted us about trying out the Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test we jumped at the opportunity, and when they said we could have 2 we jumped for joy! Lots of members of our staff with mixed breed dogs entered their pet to win the tests with Captain and Hazel coming out on top.
Administering the test is fairly simple. You first register the test online so that the results could be emailed when they were ready. The pet's mouth is swabbed for saliva and the swabs are sent in for testing. Then you wait! It took about 2 weeks to get the results for Captain and Hazel and we were floored by the results.
Captain: When Embracer Katie adopted Captain she was told he was a mini Labradoodle or mini Goldendoodle but as he became a part of her family, Katie noticed that his personality didn't seem like a Poodle, Lab or a Golden. So what was he (click the image for a better view)?
Hazel: Hazel's mom, Jenna, used to refer to her as the APL Special and thought she must be the muttiest of mutts because it was so hard to place her features. The entire staff was dying to know what made up this sweet, adorable girl and we were shocked by the results - but they make perfect sense!
Here's what Jenna had to say about Hazel's results: "I can totally see the resemblance in Hazel to each breed they came up with, especially with the pictures and breed descriptions they sent with the final results. I would not have thought JRT (Jack Russell Terrier) made any sense until I looked at those pictures. She has the same eyes and mouth as some of the JRT’s on her results. So happy I know now!"a Rafflecopter giveaway