Many pet owners choose to adopt rather than shop, meaning the breed (or breeds) of dog they bring home is often a mystery. Canine DNA tests are the most accurate way to identify your dog’s genetics, but they don’t come cheap. For a free, fast, and fun way to guess your dog’s breed, try this image-based search tool from Microsoft Bing.
All you need to use the Dog Breed ID is a photo of your pup. After you upload a photo or take a new one through the webpage, Bing performs a reverse image search to determine which dogs most closely resemble yours. Based on this data, the tool guesses which breed of dog your pet may belong to.
After plugging a photo of my pet Chihuahua mix into the search engine, Bing told me it matched a Chihuahua, a Corgi, and a dingo. He was right about his main race, but the other two guesses were wrong. However, the tool does not claim to be an accurate way to identify your dog. The races he conjures up are meant to be visual matches, and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with genetics. Uploading different photos of your dog may also give you different results. You can play around with the website here to find your pet’s dog doppelgängers.
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