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We're On A Mission!

Wisdom Health has been conducting research in the field of canine genetics for more than a decade starting with the initial canine genomics project in 1999. Today our technology powers some of the most comprehensive breed and genetic disease detection products on the market for veterinarians, consumers, breeders and shelters.

Since the beginning, we've been passionate about advancing the science of companion animal genetics so we can help owners understand the unique needs of their pets from the inside out. As we cross the 1,000,000 dogs tested mark, and launch into testing our feline friends as well, we feel a great sense of gratitude for those universities, researchers, scientists and veterinarians who have been on this journey with us. The more we know about our furry friends the better we can plan for their individual needs. Simply put…Our mission is working towards happier, healthier, and hopefully longer, lives for our furry family members around the world.

Leadership Is A Privilege

We know it is a privilege to be part of the largest pet care company in the world. It enables us to draw on research from some of the most extensive databases of canine and feline behaviour, health and nutritional information to develop our tests. As part of this we're proud to work with and support research initiatives around the world such as the 99 Lives Project at the University of Missouri that is working to improve the health of felines through genetic research. As a one of the first members of International Partnership for Dogs we are looking to collaborate with others in the field of genetics to standardise canine testing. We believe in supporting our communities with partnerships such as the one we have with the Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, California, helping them to identify the best cadidates for their program and any health issues they may potentially face. We believe in giving back to the scientific community at large that has given so much to the welfare of animals around the world.

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A single IGF1 allele is a major determinant of small size in dogs

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Genome-wide SNP and haplotype analyses reveal a rich history underlying dog domestication

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Population structure and inbreeding from pedigree analysis of purebred dogs

Genetics. 2008 May;179(1):593-601 Calboli FC, Sampson J, Fretwell N, Balding DJ

A web resource on DNA tests for canine and feline hereditary diseases

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Genetic mapping of fixed phenotypes: disease frequency as a breed characteristic

2009 Jul-Aug;100 Suppl 1:S37-41. Epub 2009 Mar 25 Chase K, Jones P, Martin A, Ostrander EA, Lark KG. J Hered

Complex population structure in African village dogs and its implications for inferring dog domestication history

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Single-nucleotide-polymorphism-based association mapping of dog stereotypes

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Genome wide analysis indicates genes for basement membrane and cartilage matrix proteins as candidates for hip dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers

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Frequency and distribution of 152 genetic disease variants in over 100,000 mixed breed and purebred dogs

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Frequency of five disease-causing genetic mutations in a large mixed-breed dog population (2011–2012)

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