Frequently Asked Questions for Breeders

  • What’s included in the Embark for Breeders kit?

    The Embark for Breeders kit includes tests for genetic diversity COI, health conditions, and traits. Please review the conditions and the traits we test for.

    Embark for Breeders offers only breed confirmation, unlike the pet owner-oriented Breed + Health and Breed ID kits, that give detailed breed and ancestry. Embark for Breeders does include an OFA submission report, access to breeder-specific tools and features, and breeder-focused emails and promotions.

  • How long does it take to receive results?

    Once we scan your dog's swab at our facility, it typically takes 2-4 weeks for you to receive your dog's results. (Some may take a little longer if they require longer processing at our lab).

    We will keep you updated on the process along the way. Find more information about our process and turnaround time .

    Expecting results for multiple dogs? Samples that are submitted at the same time may get separated at our automated lab. This is due to the finite amount of space available on each plate for DNA analysis. One dog may make it onto a plate that is nearly full, whereas the other dog may have to wait for the next plate to be filled before being analyzed. This means that you may receive results on different days.

  • Should I test my entire litter? Won’t the results be the same?

    We recommend that you test your entire litter. While each puppy inherits approximately 50% from mom and 50% from dad, they’ll each inherit different components of their parents' DNA that can impact their health and traits.

  • How will I receive the results?

    We'll email you as soon as your results are ready to view. To view your results:
    1. Go to my.embarkvet.com and log in using the email address associated with your Embark account.
    2. Click on your dog's name and then click on the Breed, Health, or Traits tabs at the top to view those respective results.

    Find step by step instructions on how to find a dog's results .

    Find more information about how to print or download a dog's results .

  • Can I share the results with a co-owner or with puppy buyers?

    Yes, there are three options to share the results:
    1. Download the results and send to the new owners.
    2. Add a shared owner or transfer the dog to the co-owner's or puppy buyer's Embark account.
    3. Share the dog’s public profile link . Privacy settings are available to control which results are (or are not) visible.

  • Are Embark results accepted by the OFA? Which tests are accepted?

    Our test results are accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for all conditions where OFA has an established DNA registry. To see which tests are registrable with the OFA for a breed:
    1. Search for a breed .
    2. If the condition is registrable with the OFA, their logo will appear next to the condition.

    Once your dog’s results are available, you can download the OFA Submission Report directly from your account and include that with your application.

  • Do you offer parentage testing and estimated Litter COI?

    Embark is able to provide parentage analysis for any two dogs tested in the Embark database (with written permission from all account holders). This is not currently part of our standard reporting but can be done upon request at no additional charge. Please see instructions for making these requests.

  • In the Health Section, what does it mean for my dog if he or she has zero, one, or two copies of a variant?

    For each test, dogs have the possibility of receiving the following results: zero, one, or two copies of a variant. Learn more about what each means.

  • My dog is "At Risk" or a "Carrier" for a health condition. Should I keep them in my breeding program?

    Genetic health results should be used as a tool to structure a breeding program. Many factors should be taken into account, such as the mechanism of inheritance, penetrance of the mutation, the clinical manifestation of the mutation (phenotype), the prevalence of the mutation within the breed, and other desirable characteristics of the breeding dogs.

    For diseases with an autosomal recessive mechanism of inheritance, breeding a "carrier" to a clear dog will produce ~50% of puppies as carriers, but no puppies “at risk” from that mutation would be produced. When given the option, it is not recommended to breed two at risk dogs, an "at risk" dog to a "carrier", or a "carrier" to a "carrier" as this will possibly produce "at risk" puppies. Learn more in this video.


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