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Matchmaker: A Tool for Breeders
Breeder Tools

Matchmaker For Breeders: An Easier Way to Evaluate Potential Mates

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You’ve Embark-tested your dog and received the most informative DNA results available. Now, how do you use those results to help find potential mates to complement your breeding goals? Enter Matchmaker Embark’s advanced, custom breeding tool that makes it easy to assess inherited disease mutations in potential mates and view predicted average litter COI. Discover all...

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Accuracy & Reliability: How Embark Provides Results you can Trust
Accuracy

Accuracy & Reliability: How Embark Provides Results You Can Trust

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DNA Testing is rapidly growing among breeders, giving them increasingly detailed information to manage and improve the genetic health, diversity, and physical traits of their breeding lines. Given the importance of these test results to the health of not only each dog but also that of future generations of dogs, we believe it’s critical to...

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Genetic Health Education

Science Corner: Genetics 101

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Embark’s Professional Team strives to provide you with the most useful, most actionable test results. To best leverage these results, it’s useful to understand the basics of genetics and what factors need to be considered when applying test results to a breeding program. Genetics can be simple or complex, and both are actual scientific terms...

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Coat Genetics

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
Genetic Health Education

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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Health Conditions

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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News

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
Genetic Health Education

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
Genetic Health Education

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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Breed Surprise

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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Coat Genetics

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
Famous Dogs

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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