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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Darling Dexter

2nd Nov, 2017
Dexter was rescued as a little pup from a neglectful home. He was paralysed in his hind legs but this friendly pup would not give up. more

I adopted my best friend, Tank, from the Boksburg SPCA. He was one of several puppies that had been confiscated from a security company where they were, unfortunately, not very well looked after. I’d wanted a dog to call my own for a very long time. When my mom first showed me a picture of Tank, I knew he would be perfect. more

Cindy and me

7th Sep, 2017
Late one afternoon I decided to pop in at the Spar in Westpark. As I turned into the car park, there stood a skinny little tricolour pup – nervously scavenging for a few morsels to eat. I called to her but she just stared at me suspiciously; when I tried to reach out to her she bolted. more

When Layla came into my life in 2011 from TEARS at just seven months old, I never foresaw that she would end up teaching me some of the greatest and most valuable lessons about dog training. more

Mad about Matthew

4th Jul, 2017
We had the MuttMix DNA test performed on our beloved Matthew – and the results have me absolutely floored! I never expected any of the breeds that Matthew is made up of. more

I was desperate for a Scottie-type dog and was lucky enough to find MacNish through Scottish Terrier Rescue’s Facebook page. He’d been at the Nigel SPCA for about 4 months already after having been found in an abandoned house. They estimated him to be around a year old, although our vet put him closer to two years old. more

Precious Paris

4th May, 2017
In November 2011, Paris found us. Someone was trying to sell her to me in Woodstock. I said “no” very quickly (to avoid the temptation of saying “yes”!) and drove away as fast as I could. Having had so many dogs for many years, we really didn’t want more, but my guilt and pity for the tiny scrap of fur made me turn back. more

Gorgeous Gigi

6th Apr, 2017
I was volunteering at Maltese, French Poodle and Yorkie Rescue South Africa in Midrand at the end of 2016 when I spotted Gigi, a little white Poodle with big dark-chocolate eyes and an adorable button nose. We formed an instant bond. more

Soul boy

9th Mar, 2017
Spook is our soul boy who ghosted into our yard one morning after a terrible storm. He was skinny and had a metal chain around his neck that he kept choking himself with. He had no microchip and no one was looking for him. This snow-white dog quickly stole our hearts. more

The Best of Buddy

9th Feb, 2017
In 2013, my mother and I noticed this great big brown dog wandering the streets near our home. Initially, we thought he belonged to someone and that he just kept getting out, but he wasn’t in good condition and, when we tried to approach him, he would run away. more

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