VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wisdom Health Genetics, the world leader in pet genetics and maker of the WISDOM PANEL™ dog DNA tests, has announced an industry milestone in conjunction with National DNA Day: To date, more than 2.5 million dogs worldwide have been DNA tested with the Wisdom Panel™ range of products—more than any other dog DNA service provider.
Across the United States and Western Europe, pet parents, veterinarians, and breeders alike have chosen Wisdom Panel™ tests more than two million times to uncover their dogs’ unique ancestry, traits, and potential health risks.
Analyzing the extensive DNA database behind Wisdom Panel™ tests reveals the following insights about the millions of dogs tested:
- Top ten breeds (both purebred and mixed breed dogs): American Staffordshire Terrier (12.84%), Labrador Retriever (5.37%), German Shepherd Dog (4.52%), Chihuahua (4.16%), Golden Retriever (2.77%), Miniature Poodle (2.74%), Siberian Husky (2.72%), Boxer (2.50%), Shih Tzu (2.08%), Chow Chow (2.07%)
- How many mixes? Across the entire Wisdom Panel™ DNA database, there are 2,088,000 mixed-breed samples—that means 84% of dogs tested have been mixed breed and 16% have been purebred.
- Top ten most common dog names across more than two million dogs: #1 Luna (28,934), #2 Bella (27,420), #3 Charlie (19,453), #4 Lucy (19,374), #5 Max (17,687), #6 Daisy (17,349), #7 Bailey (16,152), #8 Buddy (15,003), #9 Cooper (14,630), #10 Sadie (13,445)
- Percent health conditions identified by DNA testing: On average, 15% of dogs tested with the Wisdom Panel™ range of products show at least one genetic mutation associated with a health condition.
“As the world’s most comprehensive at-home genetic testing service for pets, Wisdom Panel™ products are the top choice for veterinarians and millions of pet parents worldwide,” said Audrey Yoo, General Manager at Wisdom Health Genetics, a segment of Kinship Partners, Inc. “We are proud to provide actionable science that can help pet parents care smarter and love longer.”
In addition to delivering insights about each pet tested, the ever-growing database behind the Wisdom Panel™ tests fuels ongoing research and development that improves the lives of dogs and humans.
“National DNA Day is the perfect opportunity to highlight the impact that a deeper understanding of our pet’s DNA can make in our lives,” said Rebecca Chodroff Foran, Ph.D., R&D Director at Wisdom Health Genetics. “Powered by DNA, our science helps pet parents plan better for the health and well-being of their pet and, importantly, deepens their bond.”
To celebrate National DNA Day and how a pet’s DNA makes them unique, Wisdom Panel™ tests are on sale at www.wisdompanel.com through April 25, 2021.
About Wisdom Health Genetics
The mission of the Wisdom Health business, a division of Kinship Partners, Inc, is to strengthen the bond between pets and their people through world-leading insights powered by DNA. Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA tests—backed by WISDOM HEALTH™ scientific research—can help pet parents plan better, care smarter, and love longer. For more than a decade, Wisdom Health™ scientific research has contributed to state-of-the-art genetic tests for companion animals, revolutionizing personalized pet care. By unlocking the secrets of their dog or cat's DNA, pet parents and veterinarians can work together to tailor wellness programs that fit the one-of-a-kind needs of their pets. More than 7,000 veterinarians worldwide recommend and offer Wisdom Panel™ products. For more information, visit www.wisdompanel.com, and follow the Wisdom Panel™ brand on Facebook and Instagram.
About Kinship Partners, Inc
Kinship is here to help everyone pet parent like a pro. Why? Because our pets make us better humans, and we owe them the best possible care. As allies to pet parents learning on the job, we use our data, products, and services to help people be the best pet parents they can be. We unite changemakers in pet care to break down barriers, open new doors, share insights, and advance our collective knowledge. By reimagining the pet parenting experience and upping people’s confidence, we’re helping the world find better ways to care.
Our coalition includes our world-leading Wisdom Panel™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the award-winning WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker and health monitor, Pet Insight Project, our ground-breaking science stream that uses AI to turn billions of data points into actionable insights, and partnerships like our Leap Venture Studio accelerator that supports innovators and start-ups, to bring new solutions to pet parents. Kinship is a division of Mars Petcare. Learn more at www.kinship.co.
About Mars Petcare
Part of Mars, Incorporated—a family-owned business with more than a century of history-making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love—the 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 85 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets—including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™, and EUKANUBA™, as well as the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through an international network of over 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, VCA™, Linnaeus, AniCura, and Antech. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with Wisdom Panel™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator, and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in—and we choose to fight for our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.