One of our favorite things to do here at Wisdom Health is celebrate. We celebrate new findings in genetic research. We celebrate with pet owners who are excited to share their results and learn new information about their dogs. And we celebrate the positive impact pets have on all of our lives. So, with this year coming to a close, we wanted to celebrate a few of our favorite moments from 2019.

Launch of the Wit & Wisdom Blog

This is the logical place to start since you’re reading our blog right now! We launched Wit & Wisdom back in March because we wanted to create a place where people could come to deepen their understanding of their pets. Since then we’ve shared information about dog health and behavior, provided safety tips, and highlighted the latest findings about pets’ ability to improve our own health and wellbeing. And of course we’ve unpacked some of the science behind the findings that are included in our WISDOM PANEL™ reports—like our piece on sibling genetics, which was our most-visited post of 2019.

Giving Back for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

To show our ongoing support for the shelter community, we teamed up with LA-based shelter Wags & Walks for a special partnership in the month of October. During that time we donated $7,500 to the organization plus 100 WISDOM PANEL tests that Wags & Walks included in their kits for new adopters. And we’re happy to report that 96 dogs were adopted from Wags & Walks that month—their highest single-month adoption total of the year!

1.5 Million Dogs Tested

This year we hit a big milestone—we tested 1.5 million dogs worldwide! That’s 1.5 million insights into the companions we love, and 1.5 million reasons to thank our Wisdom community. Our testing shows that the most common purebred dogs are the American Staffordshire Terrier, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky. Leading the pack for mixed breed dogs are the American Staffordshire Terrier, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Chow Chow and Boxer.

Publishing New Genetic Insights

Everyone here on the Wisdom Health team is passionate about sharing insights that help pet owners take the best possible care of their pets. And we get particularly excited when we can use our data to partner with others and uncover new insights. We did just that when we teamed with researchers at Purdue University to publish the most comprehensive study of dog coat colors and physical traits ever completed. Check out the full study, or read some of our favorite findings.

We hope your year was filled with happy memories, wagging tails and healthy pets. We can’t wait to keep the celebration going in 2020.