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Science Corner: Coat Color Genetics 101

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Coat color genetics can be fun and interesting at the same time. This is because there seems to be an exception to every rule, and the veterinary genetics community still has a lot to discover about coat color. Learning about the inheritance of coat colors can be incredibly rewarding as it is an opportunity to...

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Dog breeding guided by small genetic panels can reduce genetic diversity

Dog breeding guided by small genetic panels can reduce genetic diversity

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It is well-established that genetic diversity has been declining in many dog breeds over the past two centuries, as a result of strong selection on a number of specific traits, combined in some cases with reductions in breed population sizes at certain points in history as well as popular sire effects. This is not only...

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Is Your Dog at Risk for DM? What the Latest Genetic Research Can Tell You

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What is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)? A disease of mature dogs, Degenerative Myelopathy(DM) is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the spinal cord that causes muscle wasting and gait abnormalities. Affected dogs do not usually show signs until they are at least 8 years old when the nerves that supply the hind limbs begin degenerating.  At first,...

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A Genetic History of Dogs and Wolves in North America

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North American Grey Wolves were once always grey, but now some are black. Why? Dive into how the introduction of domestic dogs from Asia changed the makeup of wolves, forever. Dogs and wolves share much in common  Did you know that it’s because of dogs that some members of the American Gray Wolf population have...

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Bring the Family: Why You Should DNA Test Your Litters

Bring the Family: Why You Should DNA Test Your Litters

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As a responsible breeder, you’re already invested in the health of your dogs: You’ve DNA-tested your breeding stock, received expert consultations on results, and made adjustments. So when your next litter arrives, you may wonder, why test all the puppies? At Embark, we understand the cost of testing an entire litter may seem challenging, especially...

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Beyond Dog DNA tests: What Breeders Should Know About Complex Genetics

Beyond Dog DNA Tests: What Breeders Should Know About Complex Genetics

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Dog breeders often ask, why are the risks for some health conditions difficult to detect with genetic testing? The short answer is: genetics can be simple or complex—scientific terms that mainly refer to patterns of inheritance or transmission of a disease-causing mutation. Some health issues currently have a DNA test available to see if your...

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Why Your Dog’s Genetic Breed Results May Not Be What You Expected

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Every day, we hear from Embark customers who are surprised by their dog’s breed results. This often happens with mixed-breed dogs that don’t quite look like you’d imagine based on their breed breakdown.  These expectation-defying differences are possible because of how genetic inheritance works. Just like you, your dog gets one set of genes from...

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Merle Coat Pattern Testing with Embark

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Merle coat pattern testing is included in the Embark for Breeders DNA Kits by testing for the M Locus. Merle coat pattern is common to several dog breeds, including the Australian Shepherd, Catahoula Leopard Dog, and Shetland Sheepdog, among many others. In Dachshunds, this color pattern is known as “dapple.” A tricolor merle Australian Shepherd....

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Australian Cattle Dog Mix the Westminster Top All American Agility Dog

Fastest Westminster All-American Agility Dog Tests With Embark

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Are you a fan of Agility and its superstars? If so, you may have seen lightning-fast competitor Plop on the Masters Agility Championship finals broadcasts, who twice captured the title of Top All-American Dog at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club event in 2021 and 2019. Let’s get to know this smart, talented mixed-breed guy who...

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What’s in Your Dog? Why Breed Doesn’t Always Dictate Appearance

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What makes a dog breed a dog breed? Let’s answer that question using one of the most popular breeds today as an example: the Corgi. For starters, the signature bobtail in the Pembroke Welsh Corgis comes from a mutation in the T-box gene. Without it, the Corgi everyone knows and loves would look totally different....

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Exercise Induced Collapse in Dogs

Exercise-Induced Collapse in Dogs

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Exercise-Induced Collapse in dogs is a common muscle disorder that can cause muscle weakness in dogs, leading to a sudden collapse during otherwise normal puppy play sessions. In a 2008 survey, owners reported that episodes were more likely to occur during times of excitement or, less commonly reported, high environmental temperatures. It can strike at a...

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