Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Dog DNA In The News!

WSAV News in Savannah, GA interviewed Brett Burdick with Happy Dog DNA for their story on Dog DNA Tests which aired this week. While the vast majority of our customers test their dogs to determine the breeds that make them unique simply because they are curious and it's good entertainment, we have heard from several of our customers who were excited to learn that their dogs' medical conditions can be better explained after they learned what breeds make up their mutts.

Check out the video:

WSAV reporter Holly Bounds is testing her little mutt with a Happy Dog DNA test and another test and will report the results once they are in. We'll keep you posted!


I was so excited to learn the heritage of my rescue dog Roxie-- she is a very interesting dog. She had been abused and neglected and was a traumatized little six-eight month old dog when I got her from half way across the country. She would not eat out of my hand or lay on the couch with me for about nine months. I got another dog to be her friend and teach her how to be around humans. She is now a very loving and loyal dog. Even when she would not come near me voluntarily, she attacked any other dog who came near me uninvited. She also, surprisingly after her initial fear, loves to be the center of attention and will lay down in the middle of a large group of people and look up with a smile. I would love to know why she is so attracted to water-- she seeks it out and will go into a puddle or stream or lake and immediately lay in it! Shar Peis and Afghans, I thought, do not much like water… She is an adult now and almost 30 pounds-- up from 22.
  • Level 2: Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Level 3: Afghan Hound
Bangor, ME

Friday, November 19, 2010


Gus is a wonderful, lovey dog who came to me from a rescue organization in September 2006. I believed from appearances he was Border Colllie-Corgi, but found out through your DNA testing that he is a Sheltie! Also a bit of Belgian Tervuren and Short-Haired German Pointer. Hence the over-size paws and thick short legs that are a bit bowed from the weight, I think. He is 35 pounds and struggling to lose at least 5! He is a very loving and loyal, submissive dog. I have had him trimmed very short due to the heat and ticks in the summer in Maine. He has a great nose, but unfortunately will not back down from a skunk!

Results were:
  • Sheltland Sheepdog: Level 1
  • Belgian Tervuren: Level 5
  • German Short-Haired Pointer: Level 5
Bangor, ME

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Gunny has silver fur, grey eyes, and webbed feet

Extremely long-limbed

.... and ready to run at any opportunity!

Hi There!

Just want to share our results with everyone.

Gunny is our shelter dog. We adopted him at 8 weeks old, and were told that he was a Lab/Chow mix. After 6 months of friends and well-wishers offering their opinion of what Gunny's lineage is (lab, Pit Bull, German Shepherd) we decided to get your DNA test.

And boy are we surprised!

Here it is:
  • Level 3: Borzoi
  • Level 3: Bassett Hound (!!)
  • Level 4: Yorkshire Terrier (!!)
  • Level 4: New Foundland
  • Level 4: Chow Chow
Go Figure!

Thanks for everything.

Lyn and Bird
Rembert, SC

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sierra Vista Animal Control - Shelter Program Partner

Happy Dog DNA offers a Shelter Program to shelters and adoption centers across the country to help promote our products and services while supporting their dog adoption programs. For every DNA test that is sent in through their shelter, Happy Dog DNA makes a cash donation back to the shelter. They help customers determine the breeds in their mixed-breed mutts, we sell a DNA test and they receive a donation. It's win-win-win!

Sierra Vista Animal Control, located in Sierra Vista, AZ, is one of our most active Shelter Program participants. As you can see from the photos, they have done a great job to promote the program and it's been a huge success. Many thanks to Sierra Vista Animal Control for their participation and for all the work they do to adopt out their shelter dogs!



I am sending you some pictures of our 16 year old, Kido. We have been asked countless times, "What is he?" Many comment that he looks like he has some wolf or coyote in him. Our response has always been we think he's a shepherd/husky mix. Looks like we weren't too far off.

  • Level 2: Siberian Husky
  • Level 4: Basset Hound
  • Level 5: Poodle
  • Level 5: West Highland White Terrier
Kido's name is related to his older brother (he's been gone about 3 years). My son brought home a Lhasa/Poodle mix on his 18th birthday. He was a gift from his karate coach. So we named him Kenpo for the type of karate he was studying. Kido had been abandoned in a park when he weighed 8 pounds. We named him Aikido, as my two youngest daughters were studying that form of martial art. It was shortened to Kido over time.

We still can't believe he's made it to 16. He's a little shaky at times and needs to wear a doggy diaper at night, but he still smiles and loves to sleep in the sun.

Darby, MT

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Hi, Happy Dog DNA!

I just very happy for the results that I received in regards to my dog, Shasta. I would love it if you could post the following message on you blog.

About seven year's ago, I was hounding my parents to adopt a dog. After about a year and a half of searching, my dad finally found Shasta at an SPCA. She was a stray dog, but based on her loving demeanor you could not tell it one bit. We were originally drawn to her for her gentle nature and her affectionate personality. Her markings are what stood out to us as well. The SPCA that we adopted Shasta at, claimed that she was a Labrador Retriever/ Border Collie Mix.

From the beginning we always wondered what breeds Shasta was. We talked with some of our closest friends and relatives, who were dog fanatics about what breeds Shasta could possibly be. These were the main breeds that we thought Shasta was made up of: Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Dalmatian (she has spotted ears), and Australians Shepard.

I finally decided that enough was enough with these guessing games. I wanted to find out for sure what Shasta was! I ordered the DNA test and waited for the results.

My whole family and I are quite shocked with how the results came out.

Shasta's ancestry is made up of:
  • Level 3-Schnauzer
  • Level 4-Border Collie
  • Level 4-Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Level 4-Scottish Terrier
  • Level 4-Shetland Sheepdog
  • Level 4- Yorkshire Terrier
  • Level 5- Siberian Husky
Now that I have found out her results, some of her weird behaviors are making sense. Her coloring also makes a great deal of sense as well. We are very pleased that this mystery is finally solved!

Thank You,
San Francisco, CA