What makes Embark the best dog DNA test?

We’re on a mission others haven’t even tried to sniff

Embark is the only canine genetics company that uses a research-grade DNA genotyping platform, which our industry-leading scientists spent years developing at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. That not only means that we can give you the most accurate results, but it gives us the greatest potential to make future genetic discoveries. Every dog in our database brings us closer to realizing our goal of ending preventable disease in dogs.

We’re the most accurate on the market

We have invested in the most advanced canine microarray. Founded by leading canine geneticist Dr. Adam Boyko of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Embark developed a custom extension of the Illumina Canine HD genotyping array capturing over 230,000 genetic markers. That’s over twice as much genetic information as the competition.

Discover your dog’s relatives

Embark is the world’s first canine relative finder. Using our Doggy DNA Relative Finder, we connect you with other Embark dogs that are related to your pup based on the percentage of DNA they share!


  • Most accurate breed identification with over 350 breeds, types, and varieties tested
  • Tests for over 250+ health risks
  • More than 35 trait tests
  • Uses over twice as much genetic information to accurately determine your dog's breeds
  • The world's only canine relative finder
  • Developed by Dr. Adam Boyko, leading dog geneticist and professor at Cornell University
  • Contribute to scientific discovery to help end preventable disease in dogs
  • Updates to results whenever possible
  • Highest rated test on the market
  • Highly specialized veterinarians and canine geneticists on-staff to answer questions


  • Inaccurate or incomplete breed identification
  • Generally 0-2 health tests
  • Generally no trait tests, only generic information about the breed
  • Uses less than half as much genetic information to assess your dog's breed

Endorsed by experts in dogs, science, and gifting

embark is a research partner of cornell university college of veterinary medicine

The Bottom Line

Embark offers the most accurate test on the market, analyzing over twice as much genetic information than the competition. Join our community of dog lovers who have rated Embark higher than any other dog DNA test available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Embark the most accurate?

Embark offers the most accurate breed identification available by testing over 230,000 genetic markers. We also have over twice as much genetic information than any other test, which gives us a paw up on the competition. Embark is an official research partner of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and has geneticists and veterinarians on staff to ensure accuracy.

What happens if my dog’s ma or paw (we couldn’t help ourselves with that pun!) is tested in the next month, or in the future? Will I see them in Doggy DNA Relative Finder?

Your Doggy DNA Relatives today are just the beginning. As more and more dogs Embark with us, we'll send you updated Relatives, uncover new discoveries about your dog's extended family, and further enable you to connect other dog owners to your dog's distant relatives. Because every dog that Embarks with us becomes our family, too.

How long does it take?

Our typical turnaround time from when your test kit is returned to us is 2-4 weeks.