Why choose Embark?

Your dog's DNA is packed with data that tells a story about their unique makeup and needs. Extracting and understanding this information takes care and expertise.

How it started

A different kind of dog DNA company

Not all dog DNA tests are created equal — and neither are the companies that make them. While some of our competitors are part of big conglomerates, Embark is a startup founded by dog-loving scientists and veterinarians. We only focus on one thing: canine health.

Our founders, Ryan and Adam Boyko, spent years traveling the world and swabbing dogs in remote areas of Europe, Asia, and South America. But they knew there was more they could do to support all dogs.

Embark founder Adam Boyko
Embark co-founder Adam Boyko plays with village dogs in Peru

That's why they launched Embark: to enlist the help of dog lovers everywhere to turbo-charge this research.

Test your dog's DNA

Embark founder Adam Boyko
Embark co-founder Adam Boyko plays with village dogs in Peru

Our discoveries

We’ve studied over 1 million samples from dogs like yours. Here’s just some of what we’ve discovered:

Happy customers

We invest in cutting-edge science to give you the most useful results.

Each of our tests is engineered to illuminate your dog’s specific health needs.

Dog Allie

Screen for more genetic health conditions (250+ and growing)

"One of my dogs has a hereditary issue. Embark notified me immediately before completing the rest of the tests. I took Allie to the vet, unknown health issues were fixed and she is now on preventative treatment (prescription dog food). So grateful!"

– Vicky and Allie

Shop the Breed + Health DNA Test

Monarch the dog

Recommend based on genetics

"I had never heard of the Gentle Leader head collar... [Before,] Kelce would drag me for 30 minutes, notwithstanding the fact he was gagging for air from the worthless choke chain! All 5 reviews used "Amazing" or "Awesome", and so would mine! Our very first walk was actually enjoyable! For you to recommend it based on his genetics blew my mind"

– Carolyn and Kelce

Shop the Breed + Health DNA Test

Loki the dog

Get the most precise breed breakdown

“We have been able to tailor Loki’s training and exercise regime much better to suit her needs now that we know she is composed of primarily working breeds. Our dog found her passion in scent work and has been much happier since.”

– Darius and Loki

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Daniella's dogs

Find and connect with your dog’s relatives

“I was beyond excited to have found a brother who was a 56% match, probably from a previous litter. We connected and learned that they lived only 15 minutes from us. We now have weekly play dates.”

– Daniela

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Emmy the dog

Balance and restore healthy digestion

“Emmy had chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and she was rapidly losing weight. We tried diet changes and medications, but we couldn’t get her to stabilize. After microbiome testing and the supplements, there was a turning point. Emmy had firm poops! Then she was gaining weight.”

– Sandy and Emmy

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Vets and breeders

Better for veterinarians.
Better for breeders.

The genetic insights that an Embark dog DNA test provides can be used for so much more than breed identification (although that's certainly fun!).

Veterinarian with dog

Veterinary professionals rely on genetic screening to assess the risk of known inherited disorders that can impact their clinical recommendations and potentially prolong a patient's life. Once again, you don't have to take our word for it. The professionals at Telford Veterinary Hospital credit Embark with helping them make life-changing diagnoses and decisions to help their patients live longer, healthier lives.

Embark for Veterinarians

Veterinarian with dog

We've developed unique tools for breeders that allow them to make more informed decisions about pairings without having to rely on pedigree alone. Only Embark calculated an expected Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) between breeding pairs, which can help keep breeding lines genetically diverse while potentially breeding out genetic disease and disability.

Embark for Breeders

By the numbers

We’re running ahead of the pack.

Is Embark the best choice for your dog? Compare our products to the leading competitor to see for yourself.

DNA Test technology Embark The leading competitor
Breeds tested 350+ 350+
Breed accuracy 99% >98%
Genetic markers 230,000 ~100,000
Health conditions 250+ 210
Number of physical traits 35+ 35+
Includes dingoes, coyotes, wolves, and village dogs
Product suite Embark The leading competitor
Breed ID
Breed + Health Test
Purebred Test
Gut Health Test
Gut Supplements
Oral Health Test
What you get Embark The leading competitor
DNA collectionAll Tests Soft cotton swab 😁 Rough bristle swab ☹️
RelativesAll DNA Tests Find and connect using our patented technology. Find only.
Breed reveal videoAll DNA Tests
Wolfiness scoreAll DNA Tests
Maternal and paternal lineageAll DNA Tests
Dogs like mine

When you choose Embark, you're getting the best and most complete canine health test results.

You're supporting the work of leading researchers in canine health.

And you're joining a community of dog lovers who are committed to a brighter future for all dogkind.

You might just end up getting the zoomies too!

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