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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Doting on Duey

9th Jan, 2017
It is said that our beloved pets choose us, and I believe it’s true. How else could this special boy be left sitting at a rescue shelter for six months without any takers? When Duey joined our family he was already ‘big for his age’. We, my dad and I, thought Duey was going to be roughly the size of a Cocker Spaniel – taking after his own dad. But his mom, a Rottweiler, left him her legacy and, needless to say, he turned out rather bigger than expected. more

Marvellous Milli

7th Dec, 2016
Friends often guessed that Milli has Rottweiler in her from the shape of her head and her protective personality. I suspected some Border Collie DNA too – she tends to ‘herd’ our other dog during playtime, and because of her black-and-white coat. When Milli was only three weeks old, she was delivered to us in a plastic bag hooked over the handle of a motorcycle more

Vivacious Varga

1st Nov, 2016
Varga’s new owner, Charlie Newcombe, tells us more about her history... Varga’s story started on a farm north of Cape Town. After two months, her owner realised a choice had to be made for the safety of the other farm animals; the sheep and chickens were nothing more than prey. The only paperwork on her was an outdated vet book, listing her as a Timber Wolf more

Hayley and her hugs

2nd Aug, 2016
Hayley’s owner, Diane Logie, shares her story… For a long time, I had wanted a friend for my best friend dog, KD, but was never sure if he would accept another dog into his home as he was very protective of me. But, after a family tragedy, I could see the little guy needed a friend – KD and my dad, who had passed away suddenly, had been very close. We ended up at ARK… more

Terrific Teddy

4th Oct, 2016
Joleyne Love, Teddy’s owner, shares his story… I adopted my boy Teddy from Kitty and Puppy Haven, Midrand, in November 2011. On his adoption papers, he was listed as being a Bull Terrier-Ridgeback mix. He was a special dog – at the tender age of just three months old, Teddy was a very shy and quiet boy; not the normal crazy puppy that you would expect more

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