Wisdom Panel’s new dog breed detection system uses AI to identify your pup

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Wisdom Panel on Wednesday announced a new breed detection system for its BCSYS dog DNA test kits. BCSYS, which stands for Breed Classification System, offers “the most accurate and comprehensive dog genetic tests available today,” the pet genetics company said. The Wisdom Panel Essential ($100, £90) and Wisdom Panel Premium ($160, £140) kits now use the BCSYS system to test your dog’s DNA composition.

BCSYS relies on “AI methods” and a database of “more than 2.5 million dogs tested in more than 50 countries and six continents” to arrive at a reference panel of 21,000 samples and 351 dog breeds, according to the official Wisdom Panel press release. Essentially, the technology relies on a huge database of dog breeds. Once a test is received, it is run through the system to match the reference samples to your dog.

After submitting a test, Wisdom Panel stores the DNA samples in a freezer and uses the information gathered from the results of other animal health studies, the company tells me.

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Wisdom Panel Essential and Wisdom Panel Premium kits test breed mix and potential risk for the health associated with these breeds. The Premium Kit performs more health screenings and provides information on weight, mobility, possible drug sensitivities and more. You will also get a consultation with a veterinarian if the DNA results reveal any major health issues.

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Here’s how the kits are supposed to work: dab the inside of your pet’s cheek and gums for 15 seconds with the two dabbers provided. Let them dry for at least five minutes and put them back in the packaging. Return the swabs by mail and create an online account. In two to three weeks, you should receive an email letting you know your pet’s results are ready. Wisdom Panel claims that its tests are over 98% accurate. Get more information about the Wisdom Panel test procedure here.

We haven’t tested Wisdom Panel’s new kits, but check back soon for updates on how the company’s claims match our experience.

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The Wisdom Panel Essential Kit is currently $80 ($20 off) and the Wisdom Panel Premium Kit is $128 ($32 off). Wisdom Panel also makes a $130 Complete for Cats kit, as well as specialty tests for dog ($130) and cat ($100) breeders. None of these kits use the BCSYS system.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.