Pavement special, designer dog, random-bred, mutt – so many names for our mixed-breed furry friends, none of which express what they really are: unique and exceptional.

With the MuttMix DNA test, you can solve the intriguing puzzle that is your mixed-breed companion. Aside from sheer curiosity, knowing your dog’s ‘pedigree’ can be helpful for maintaining future health as well as identifying potential behavioural needs. The results come with an information sheet for each breed found, covering the breed’s typical personality and physical traits as well as potential health issues. For example, should one of the breeds be prone to hip dysplasia, you can start preventative measures early.

How it works

The test itself is quick and painless; the MuttMix kit includes a specimen vial containing two swabs with which you’ll swab your dog’s mouth then send to the lab. Six weeks (and much anticipation) later, all is revealed. Results are shown in levels, from one to five, with level one indicating that 75% or more of a breed has been detected, right down to level five at 10% or less. There may sometimes be a little ‘background’ noise that goes unexplained – that is the magic of the mixed-breed dog.

At MuttMix we really care about dogs. We donate R100 to a participating shelter for each kit distributed by that shelter and are working to get MuttMix into shelters so that adopters can find out more about their new family member. For a nominal cost, your MuttMix kit will be couriered to you – or you can pick it up at a participating shelter.

To find out about getting your dog tested, or if you run a shelter and would like to get involved, contact MuttMix on 082 815 6674,, or simply SMS the word DNA and your name to 082 815 6674 and we will call you back (standard SMS rates apply). Please visit for more information and stories.




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Hudson Sinclair

4th Jun, 2020
I was devastated when I lost my dog to cancer in September 2019. I’d fought hard to keep him alive and forked out thousands of rands to try save him. more

The Tales of Lucas

7th May, 2020
It was, quite literally, love at first sight when we found Lucas as a baby from the Facebook page of Ark Animal Centre, Johannesburg. more

Our search for a dog began when I was involved in a smash-and-grab robbery near our house. more

Cliffie is the runt of a litter of eight pups rescued from Kayamandi Township near Stellenbosch. more


6th Feb, 2020
The journey leading to the adoption of Kobi was an emotional one. more

Our story starts sadly on the 10th of May 2019, when we lost our beautiful female Boxer, Kali, to a vicious Spirocerca lupi infection. more

We have to start Leah’s story with Cooper, whom my fiancé and I adopted in 2017 from Pretoria Dog Rescue. more

Precious Pippa

7th Nov, 2019
Pippa, a.k.a. “Squeaky-bum”, a.k.a. “Doggolla”, a.k.a. “Moemfie”, a.k.a. “Baby Girl” (as the saying goes: the beloved child has many names), entered our lives on the 18th of January 2019 at 12 weeks old. more

Buddy Bear

10th Oct, 2019
Buddy Bear was found, thanks to a lady reporting his cries, inside a storm water drain, and credit must go to the Pietermaritzburg SPCA for their compassion in responding to the call, as well as to Eurika Erasmus of Tartan Terrier who contributed hours of grooming to make him handsome again. more

Romeo was rescued from a dusty construction site in January 2018 where he was living under an old trailer. This gentle soul was estimated at around 12 or 13 years old. more

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