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Labradors by the Numbers

Genetic breed breakdown

If your dog is 10% Labrador, she might look like...

Layla

or Zuko

or Blaze!

Blaze's dark, weather-proof coat sure looks like a Lab. But, he’s also got the blocky head of his Rottweiler kin and Chow Chow tail curl.

If your dog is 30% Labrador, he might look like...

Penelope

or Mo

or Bentley!

Bentley's yellow coloring—a recessive trait carried by both parents—makes him look like a yellow Lab mix.

If your dog is 50% Labrador, she might look like...

Duke

or Jack

or Bella June!

Bella June has her Poodle mix father’s low-shedding, hair-like coat. And, a tendency to fade in color—from Lab-black to Poodle-silver in no time.

If your dog is 70% Labrador, he might look like...

Kita

or Finn

or Riley!

Riley has a lot of Labby features. But, just a smidge of Great Pyrenees ancestry gave him hind declaws and longer legs.

If your dog is 100% Labrador, they'll look like...

Jake

or Lacey

or Oakley!

Purebred Labs have short, dense, weather-resistant coats; “otter” tails; clean-cut heads; powerful jaws; and “kind,” friendly eyes.

“What kind of dog is that?”

A dog’s appearance comprises multiple traits, all of which are determined by his or her DNA. A genetic test is the best way to determine exactly what breeds combined to make up your best friend. Here are just some of the traits he or she may have inherited along the way.

Body size

Body shape

Coat texture

Color

Ear shape

Tail style

Muzzle type

Temperament

Behavior

Gait

Body size

Body shape

Coat texture

Color

Ear shape

Tail style

Muzzle type

Temperament

Behavior

Gait

Next time you see a Lab, don’t trust your mutt instincts—there’s more to a pup than meets the eye!

Get Involved!

We’re looking for study participants

Tricuspid valvular dysplasia (TVD) is a congenital malformation of the heart’s tricuspid valve. It can range from mild to severe, resulting in exercise intolerance, lethargy, and even congestive heart failure. At Embark, we’re working to determine if there is a genetic basis for TVD inheritance so we can develop a genetic test for the disease.

Do you have a Lab affected by TVD?

Email research@embarkvet.com to see how you can get involved, or visit our Labrador Hearts page to learn more. 

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Embark Dog DNA Test for Breed Identification

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Breed ID Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, ancestry, and relatives.

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Breed + Health Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, health, traits, ancestry, and relatives.

$169

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