An article in the Wall Street Journal looks at companies that will test your dog's DNA to tell you what breed it is. A dog, called Parrot, gave cheek swabs and a blood sample to four different companies, that charged between $60 and $125. Each company gave back different breed as contributing to Parrot's ancestry, ranging from Italian greyhound to Staffordshire terrier to bull terrier and with maybe a small percentage of bichon frise. "And therein lies the limits of dog DNA testing. Still a relatively new field, canine genetics is an inexact science," writer Paula Szuchman says. She adds, "Still, nearly $400 later, when people on the street pass us and ask what kind of dog Parrot is, our answer hasn't changed: 'Who knows?'"
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