A Guide for Reading MyDogDNA test results

MyDogDNA database contains a large amount of genetic information and resulting graphs for each dog. Despite the amount of information, the service is easy to use and using it doesn't require high knowledge of genetics or information technology. To help getting started, here is a short introduction on how to view the MyDogDNA pass and all results in it.

You can log in the dog's test results either with your user name and password, or, alternatively, with the dog's DNA pass number and PIN code at www.mydogdna.com/dnapass.

At the top of the result view appears a header with the information and links shown in the picture above. The displayed dog information includes, for example, name, breed, ID and the owner's name. Dog's DNA pass number is also indicated and a picture of the dog can be seen, if uploaded by the owner. The language options for viewing the results are English, Finnish, French, and Russian. A feedback link is shown to those database users that have signed in with their credentials. Through this link it is possible to give feedback directly to MyDogDNA customer service. All reports can be printed out in PDF format via the button below dog information.

In the first picture alove you can also see the first test result: Genetic Health Index calculated by the MyDogDNA database. More information on the calculations can be found, e.g., via this link http://www.mydogdna.com/blog/introducing-mydogdna-pass-and-its-reports-part-i-what-genetic-health-index-ghi-given-mydogdna, but the database provides also details on this in the following way:

When you click the link "Genetic Health Index calculated by the MyDogDNA database", a light box will open and describe in more detail the way in which the index is calculated and what the result means. Similar kind of information links can be found in several places in the database. For example, on the list of tested genetic disorders, additional information can be found on each disorder, as well as on the scientific publications used as references.

MyDogDNA test results are divided into sevaral sections to make them easier to read. By choosing a section title one by one, you will get access to the related results. The first tab shows a summary of the results. This view has been collected from the most essential results for the dog and its breed. THe other tabs will offer more detailed reports in accordance with the themes indicated by the headings.

On the "DIsorders" tab you can find a long list of results for the tested disorders. At the top of the list appears information on the symbols used in reporting. The "Disorders" section is divided into three sub-categories: "Known disorders in the breed", "New potential disorders in the breed" and "Additional tested disorders found in other breeds". "Known disorders in the breed" refers to disorders that have been previously encountered in the breed. This category lists also the results related to pharmacogenetics (drug sensitivity) as they may have direct relevance to medical treatment of the dog.

"New potential disorders in the breed" category includes new findings made in the breed with MyDogDNA test panel. Overall, sevaral findings have been made, here are a few examples: http://www.mydogdna.com/blog/mydogdna-research-update-novel-carrier-findings-lagotto-romagnolo-papillon-brazilian-terrier and http://www.mydogdna.com/blog/mydogdna-genome-wide-analysis-identifies-carriers-bleeding-disorder-finnish-hounds-and-welsh.

In the category "Additional tested disorders found in other breeds" the tested disorders are listed by disorder categories. These inherited disorders are known to be present in some dog breeds ans are all tested for each individual. There is a good reason for this: all the mutations have not been studied in every breed, so their prevalence across dog population is yet unknown. Therefore, extensive testing enables making new findings in new breeds. More information on testing and result reporting can be found through these links: http://www.mydogdna.com/blog/introduction-mydogdna-panel-testing-canine-inherited-disorders-and-reporting-test-resultshttp://www.mydogdna.com/sites/default/files/files/mydogdna_technical_sheet.pdf.

"Traits" tab shows the test results related to appearance. These are divided into three sub-categories: "Coat colour", "Coat type" and "Morphology". In addition to the actual test results, a lot of additional information about their meaning and interpretation can be found through the links, as illustrated in the picture above.

Last tab includes graphs that give information about genetic diversity and genetic relationships between individual dogs and breeds. In both graphs your dog's location is marked with a white and blue dot. You can also see your other dogs of the same breed or breed group, or the dogs of the same breed that have been shared to you, on the graphs. The exact percentage indicates your dog's heterozygosity level. For comparison, the median heterozygosity levles of the tested dogs within breed, breed group and the entire database are given with the diversity graph.

 "Genetic relationships" plot tells about genetic differences between dogs: the bigger the distance between dogs, the more different they genetically are. The plot contains a number of functions that provide interesting facts of genetic differences within breed or breed group. Further information about the features can be found here: http://www.mydogdna.com/blog/new-functions-database-reviewing-genetic-differences-basis-countries-and-tags.

So, here is a quick introduction to MyDogDNA database content and a quick guide to using it. The service really is easy to use, and includes a lot of genetic information that helps you learn more about your dog and its breed!

Now, that the introduction has been made, please, go and clickthe link below to see yourself, how our demo dog's profile looks like and how all the features work in action. We wish you welcome to take a look at the results of Golden Retriever Citizen Cane, provided by MyDogDNA!

View Citizen Cane's test results