Genetic fingerprinting using DNA is such a staple of TV cop shows that it’s easy to take such technology for granted. But it wasn’t all that long ago that DNA fingerprinting was cutting edge technology that was horrendously expensive. However, as the cost of such technology has plummeted, the DNA-based applications available to common folk have multiplied. Aside from using DNA testing to uncover ones genealogy, we’ve even got dating sites making matches based on DNA. Now man’s best friend can benefit from DNA technology with a DNA Breed Identification Kit that can identify the breeds that come together to make up your lovable pooch.

Just like similar tests intended for humans, all that’s required is taking a cheek swab of saliva from Fido and sending it off to the BioPet Vet Lab. There the sample will be analyzed and a determination of the breeds that have contributed to the makeup of your dog will be made. The whole process from receipt of the sample to a detailed report landing on your doorstep should take less than two weeks. The company says it believes that 92.5% of the mixed breed dog population in the USA is covered by its 62 validated breeds – with more breeds being added all the time.

Aside from scratching that itch of curiosity that might come from rescuing a puppy of unknown ancestry from the pound, the kit is designed to help give owners a better understanding of their dog’s behavior, potential health risks and personality. So, although the test won’t tell you if your pet is descended from greatness, such as Scooby Doo or one of the Lassies, it may help provide some answers as to why your dog is the way it is.

BioPet’s DNA Breed Identification Kit costs US$59.99.