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Kt ZH and DNA Testing

As you may know canton ZH has BSL in force, banning 8 breeds and any mixed breed dogs whose DNA shows 10% or more of any of the banned breeds.

Have any of you Zürich dog owners been required to have your dog DNA tested in light of the ZH ban?

I ask because on other forums there have been stories of wildly inaccurate DNA results, as the companies offering these services use somewhat limited databases.

Just for the laffs, I had mine tested, although not using a Swiss company. I was quite amused to learn that the analysis claims that my sheltie is a... wait for it... schnauzer/BMD/dachshund mix.

(She is a rescue, but I do have her pedigree and have met her sire and dam. So yes, I can say with certainty that she is, in fact, a sheltie. )

Such stories are not uncommon, apparently.

It's fine when one uses such tests for fun. But given that under the ZH law a dog could be condemned on this data... I worry about the general accuracy of such tests.

So - have any of you done DNA testing on your dogs, or have you been asked by the Veterinarämt to do so? Were the results what you expected, or were there surprises?

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