Many pet owners choose to adopt rather than buy, which means the breed (or breeds) of the dog they bring home is often a mystery. Dog DNA testing is the most accurate way to identify your dog’s genetics, but it doesn’t come cheap. For a free, fast, and fun way to guess your dog’s breed, try this image-based search tool from Microsoft Bing.
All you need to use the Dog Breed ID is a photo of your puppy. After you upload a photo or take a new one through the webpage, Bing performs a reverse image search to determine which dogs most closely resemble yours. Based on this data, the tool guesses which breed of dog your pet may belong to.
After I put a photo of my pet Chihuahua mix into the search engine, Bing told me it matches a Chihuahua, Corgi, and Dingo. This proved his main race right, but the other two assumptions were wrong. However, the tool does not claim to be an accurate way to identify your dog. The races he evokes are meant to be visual matches, and they necessarily have nothing to do with genetics. Uploading different photos of your dog can also give you different results. You can play with the website here to find your pet’s doppelgÃ¤ngers.
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