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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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

The best for Bowie

8th Aug, 2019
When I saw the heart-rending picture of a tiny brown-and-white scrap of a pup on PETS Facebook page, he reminded me so much of Frankie, a rescue doggie that we’d lost a month previously. more

Life with Wangzi

11th Jul, 2019
As I walked home one afternoon I saw a group of men chasing a terrified tricoloured puppy down the street. Knowing his fate was probably the kitchen of a restaurant or an impoverished family somewhere, I couldn’t do anything else but save him. more

Woolly Willow

6th Jun, 2019
Willow was picked up as a stray nine-week-old puppy in very bad condition. She was found cowering under a tree trying to escape from pouring rain. more


9th May, 2019
Aside from being mad about dogs, I’m a very active person – I love running, cycling and generally pushing myself physically. Therefore, my search for a running buddy – as well as “my dog” – started. The only place I ever looked was the Animal Welfare Society in Helderberg, a rescue being the only option for me. more


11th Apr, 2019
Luna caught my eye when we were looking for a friend for our male Bull Terrier, Trompie, at the Watloo SPCA in Pretoria. more

Our journey with Ishtar started quite unexpectedly in July 2006 when a colleague who was unfamiliar with dogs asked for my input as she was looking to adopt a pup for her then three-year-old son. more

I come from a family that has always loved and shared our home with our pets. In September 2016 I got engaged to the man of my dreams, Colin, and that October we moved in together and it was bliss. But after a while we felt as though something was missing in our home... more

Our Mutt Jack

10th Jan, 2019
I would like to introduce you to two-year-old Max. He was saved by an amazing lady called Vanessa Cunningham, from Township Animal Rescue (TAR) in Somerset West. more

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