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Coat Genetics

Canine coat traits can be complex to decipher, but fun to decode. Learn how to interpret genetic results to predict coat colors, patterns, textures, furnishings, shedding, hairlessness, and length.

White Spotting Test Added to Embark for Breeders kit
Coat Genetics

White Spotting Test Added to Embark for Breeders Product

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At Embark, we strive to provide the most comprehensive testing service available, continually conducting research and collaborating with leaders in the field to add new health conditions and traits tests to our Embark for Breeders suite of products. This process  includes adding new probes to the research-grade microarray we use to test each dog’s DNA...

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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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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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Coat Color Modifiers
Coat Genetics

Decoding Coat Color Modifiers: White Spotting, Roaning, Saddle Tan, and Merle

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A number of genes are known to affect coat color in dogs. It is important to note that in some cases a dog’s  genetic and environmental factors may also influence color and pattern. Research on coat color and its modifiers is ongoing. In reference to the infographic above, take a look at four coat color...

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Coat Genetics

Embark to School: Border Collie Coat Colors

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  Embark to School: Border Collie Coat Colors Follow along in this video as we decode the DNA results of an Embark-tested Border Collie to discover Jazz’s coat color.  Learn more about Coat Color Genetics and Embark for Breeders DNA Kits.    

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What is the A Locus
Coat Genetics

What is the A locus?

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The “A locus” is the name for the DNA sequence that makes up the agouti-signaling protein (ASIP) gene, which is located on chromosome 24 in the dog genome. This gene contains instructions to make a protein (ASIP) that acts as a molecular switch: when ASIP is present, it tells hair cells to produce the red/yellow...

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Coat Genetics

Red Pigment Intensity Test Added to Embark for Breeders Kit

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Embark offers the coat color trait test for red pigment intensity. Red pigment intensity is the concentration of red pigment (pheomelanin) in a dog’s hair, which produces colors ranging from light cream (like a West Highland Terrier) to deep red (like an Irish Setter). About the Red Pigment Intensity Test Intensity is not controlled by...

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Cocoa Trait Test Now Added to Embark for Breeders Product
Coat Genetics

Cocoa Trait Test Added to Embark for Breeders Product

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Published: January 13, 2020 We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new trait test to the Embark for Breeders product, testing for a variant in the HPS3 gene that causes a coat color referred to as “cocoa.” What Does Cocoa Look Like Phenotypically? This variant causes dogs that would otherwise produce black pigment to...

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