The New Microsoft “Fetch” App

Cold temperatures keeping you indoors? Looking for something fun to do at home? Do what we did this evening and test drive Microsoft’s new “Fetch” App. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s pretty darn entertaining.

So, here’s how it works. You take a photo of your dog with your iPhone. Then, the App takes a look and tells you, based on the photo, what breed of dog you own. It’s as easy as that.

As we have two mixed breed dogs, we were especially curious to see what the App would say about them.

But, first, our purebred, Ursa (a Chinook). We didn’t think the App would be able to identify her, mainly because her breed is rare.

Sure enough, “Fetch” tagged her wrong – but as a breed we didn’t expect.

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Next, we tried Manny, who we’re pretty sure is a Catahoula Leopard Dog/Lab mix.


Better. I can see, from the photo, how you would come to this conclusion. However, we’re pretty sure Manny’s not a Great Dane.

Kipper’s turn.

We go back and forth with Kipper. We think he falls somewhere in the Spitz family (based on his coat, tail, and temperament), but he may also have some Australian Shepherd in him.


At least Chow Chows are in the Spitz family.

“Does the App work on people?” you ask.

Why, yes – yes, it does.

Ginger came out as a Poodle.


And Pepper?


Pepper was an English Cocker Spaniel.

Finally, about the cats….

Shadow was a Pomeranian.


And Mr. Wa?


Mr. Wa will never be anything but a cat.

From the dining room table, a bit embarrassed to admit just how much time we spent fooling around with this App,

Mrs. Smythe

7 Comments on “The New Microsoft “Fetch” App

  1. What fun! I don’t know if those DNA kits are very reliable, but it sure wd be interesting to see what makes up Kipper. I wonder if Chow is in there somewhere…

    • We’ve batted that idea around a bit before – and have held off mainly because we weren’t sure about the reliability of the tests. You’re right, though, it would be very interesting to see what the test would say. Might be fun to do just to see.

    • We were looking at the breed descriptions, too. I came out as an afghan hound – “aloof, couch potato, requires brushing”. That made CPT A laugh. I didn’t think it was like me at all. 😉

  2. Even though I shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds me, I found myself smiling and thinking that this is like most of Microsoft’s other products – works fairly well, most of the time!