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Embark dog dna test for breeders

One cheek swab. One all-inclusive test. One price.

“In the largest study ever to compare dogs’ complete genetic profiles, researchers [at Embark] found a genetic tweak that can cause blue-eyed dogs.” – National Geographic

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“Essentially, Embark will be amassing a giant doggie data set that can be used for research into canine genetics and to learn more about canine health and behavior.” – The WEEK

  • embark belgian tervuren partnership
    Armed with more complete genetic information and transparency, breeders can share information earlier, and if necessary, mitigate the effects and spread of previously unidentified deleterious genes.
    Peri Norman, Breeder of Merit, AKC Judge
  • embark labrador retriever partnership
    As a breeder, Embark makes genetic testing way easier. All tests are combined within one swab at an amazing price.
    Tiffany Hairston, Labrador Retrievers
  • Embark paint river llewellin setter partnership
    The wealth of knowledge received in the test results is not the only plus with Embark! Their staff has incredible customer service! You have one question or 50 their staff will walk you through every step of the way.
    Kyle Warren, Paint River Llewellins
  • Embark sport dog partnership
    Embark has made the genetics side of my goal so much more simple by testing for such a large amount of diseases, traits, and more at a very reasonable price. I appreciate especially that it describes in simple detail what their genes mean when you get your dog’s results. This has been very useful for both myself and for future puppy homes when they want to look up the results their puppy or their puppy’s parents have.
    Amanda Jo Cantwell, Sport Dog breeder

Committed to Partnerships

Embark wants to partner with you at every level from the dog lover to national breed clubs.

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Health Conditions

Genetic Disease Testing Tailored to Your Breed

Embark tests for genetic risk factors relevant to your breed and will screen for over 170+ genetic mutations linked to disease in other breeds, allowing you and us to learn more about the frequency and behavior of rare genetic mutations in dogs. We offer results for nearly all genetic mutation tests recommended by national breed clubs. Our test results are accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for all conditions where the OFA has an established DNA registry.

Embark Sample OFA Report

Genetic Traits

Each Embark for Breeders report includes results for coat loci including coat color, length, texture, shedding, and more. You’ll also learn about other body features like body size, face shape, and dewclaw propensity.

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  • Coat Color

    A number of genetic loci are known to affect coat color in dogs—they all interact and in some cases, other unknown genetic effects may also influence color and pattern.

  • Coat Traits

    Furnishings, shedding, and curls are all genetic! And they all interact, too. In fact, the combination of these genetic loci explain the coat phenotypes of 90% of AKC registered dog breeds.

  • Body Size

    Body size is a complex trait that is affected by both genetic and environmental variation. Our genetic analysis includes genes that explain over 80% of the variation in dog body size.

  • Other

    Embark tests for other traits including physical performance and more.

Genetic Coefficient of Inbreeding

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Coefficient of Inbreeding: an Embark for Breeders Feature

The scientific version of pedigree COI, genetic COI, is an invaluable piece of genetic information to inform your breeding program and ensure the longevity of health in your breed. By taking a genome-wide, SNP-based approach, Embark’s measure of genetic COI is far more accurate than pedigree-based COI calculations, which do not take into account genetic recombination, the relatedness of distant ancestors or limited marker panel approaches.


Cutting-Edge Proprietary Technology

Our proprietary Embark SNP chip queries over 200,000 spots across your dog’s genome. That means our geneticists are looking at 100 times more genetic information than our closest competitors.

  • Genotyping results are tested to ensure 99.99% accuracy
  • Each mutation is queried between 2 and 8 times and is examined by a team of geneticists and veterinarians
  • Expertly trained veterinary geneticists on-staff to help you interpret results
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All of the features and tests are included when you buy an Embark for Breeders Dog DNA Test Kit. There’s no need to order several kits when one simple cheek swab can save time and money.

For Litters & Multiple Dogs

We offer custom pricing to qualified breeders and organizations purchasing more than 20 kits at a time. To learn more, please provide your information and a member of our breeder relations team will be in touch.

1 Kit = $179 per kit

2-3 Kits = $169 per kit

4-9 Kits = $159 per kit

10 – 19 Kits = $149 per kit

20+ = Contact us

These quantity-based discounts cannot be combined with any other offer.

Meet Our Scientists

Questions about your results, or want to learn more about the genetic science behind our DNA kit? Embark has the world’s leading canine geneticists on-staff to help answer your questions, and make genetic discoveries to help us reach our mission of ending preventable disease in dogs.

Adam Boyko Founder & Chief Science Officer

Adam Boyko, PhD, Chief Science Officer

Erin Chu Senior Veterinary Geneticist

Erin Chu, DVM, PhD, Senior Veterinary Geneticist

Aaron Sams Senior Scientist

Aaron Sams, PhD, Senior Scientist

What Can We Do For Your Breed?

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Discover more about how we've partnered with the Doberman Diversity Project to build their customized Embark program at


We work with breeders to provide the necessary genetic data to help identify the genes that cause health problems in each breed.


We partner to provide genetic data combined with breed-specific health and research surveys, powering genetic association studies of the future.


Linking genetic data with pedigree data enables genomic selection for healthier dogs.

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