The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the New Brunswick capital of Fredericton says the kit can help owners confirm if their pet is purebred or a mutt, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.
Within three weeks of administering the DNA test, owners receive an eight-page report detailing their dog's ancestry from matching the DNA to a genetic database of more than 190 different breeds.
"This is CSI-type technology that is now available in your home," said LeeAnn Haggerty, education and outreach coordinator for the Fredericton SPCA.
The identification kits, which cost $70, have been popular in Fredericton so far, she said.
Confirming a dog's breed, or its mix, can help owners understand what kind of dog they are dealing with, Fredericton veterinarian Amy Schneider said.
"If you're talking about a mixed breed dog then you're talking about different breeds mixed together and then who knows what the resulting behaviors of that dog will be," she said.