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I’m glad I gave Wisdom Panel a shot, even if my rambunctious but good-natured dogs are definitely of the locally-generated variety. It gave me a better understanding of the science that goes into breed identification — though I can’t help but note the shelter assessment (which Wisdom Panel says in its FAQ is generally only 25 percent accurate) nailed a three-out-of-three for my pups.
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Pit Bull is absolutely a breed so long as any breed organization chooses to recognize it and it is perpetuated separately from other breed identifications. IMO, it should not be a breed name as it’s a terrible name, but no one has yet come up with anything better and people are still fighting these dogs in pits in every seedy neighborhood in America. The importance of understanding that Pit Bulls ARE a breed is that it casts to light the misunderstanding that it is appropriate to call many different breeds of dogs ‘pit bulls’ for no other reason than that they all have short coats, blocky heads and bulldog heritage. If the American Pit Bull Terrier is not a breed, why on earth does it have literature dedicated to it, breeders breeding it, and dogs who cannot go by any other name identified as it? You can’t make a breed disappear just by saying it does not exist. APBTs are a distinct and recognized breed, and the reason that they are not recognized among many organizations is the stigma attached to the name, but the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which looks completely different from an APBT, is what the AKC and most DNA tests will recognize instead, which is ridiculous. My dogs are APBTs but identified on DNA tests are Staffordshire Bull Terriers because the DNA is indistinguishable, even if the morphological differences are dramatic. No educated person would ever mistake an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier for an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier for an American Pit Bull Terrier. The primary difference that remains empirically between modern Staffordshire Bull Terriers and modern American Pit Bull Terriers is that APBTs are still popularly used in fighting pits and therefor have an addition layer of behavioral culling–human aggressive dogs continue to be culled, and only compliant dogs are bred. Staffordshire Bull Terriers, because they are recognized by large breed organizations, are bred more often as show dogs, etc and do not receive this street-level selection. If breeding for selected traits defines the way a breed develops (spoiler alert: it does) then the dogs being formed in the alleys and basements of America’s ghettos are a separate breed from the show dogs bearing a fancy British name that no longer applies to them. WebMD helps you identify the best dog breed for your family by answering commonly asked questions about dog breeds.
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Even vets who have years of experience cannot properly identify a dog based on physical traits alone. In fact, studies have shown that visual identification of breeds in dogs is only accurate about 25% of the time! MetaMorphix Inc. (MMI) Genomics administers the Canine HeritageTM Breed Test, commonly referred to as “the swab test,” and Mars Veterinary provides “the blood test,” the Wisdom PanelTM MX Mixed Breed Analysis. These two companies have been considered the main players in this market, but new contenders are flocking to the scene. The most recent challengers are DNA Print Genomics, which offers the Doggie DNA Print, and BioPet Vet Lab, which recently unveiled the Dog DNA Breed Identification Test. Both use cheek swab samples.The problem with visual identification is that some breeds have physical characteristics that exist largely as recessive traits. For example, Yorkshire Terriers have many recessive traits. So even if a mixed breed dog has mostly Yorkshire Terrier DNA, he may end up looking like a completely different breed, even if the other breed makes up only a small part of the dog’s DNA compared to a Yorkshire Terrier.Using visual identification only, the median inter-observer agreements and kappa values in pair-wise comparisons of each of the staff breed assignments for pit bull-type breed vs. not pit bull-type breed ranged from 76% to 83% and from 0.44 to 0.52 (moderate agreement), respectively. Whole blood was submitted to a commercial DNA testing laboratory for breed identification. Whereas DNA breed signatures identified only 25 dogs (21%) as pit bull-type, shelter staff collectively identified 62 (52%) dogs as pit bull-type. Agreement between visual and DNA-based breed assignments varied among individuals, with sensitivity for pit bull-type identification ranging from 33% to 75% and specificity ranging from 52% to 100%. The median kappa value for inter-observer agreement with DNA results at each shelter ranged from 0.1 to 0.48 (poor to moderate). Lack of consistency among shelter staff indicated that visual identification of pit bull-type dogs was unreliable.