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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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Genetic Health Education

Canine Hip Dysplasia Testing Explained

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Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. Testing both parents is a must in order to produce the healthiest puppies possible. There are genotype (DNA tests) for certain diseases and also phenotype (physical examinations) for others that make up the whole health testing protocol. One of...

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Coat Genetics

Embark Introduces Merle Coat Color Testing

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Embark is delighted to announce that we are now able to include testing for M Locus, or merle coat color, as of July 11. All dogs receiving results after August 1, 2018 should have the addition of a genotype for merle on their Traits page. M locus drives the merle coat patterning that is common to...

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Breeder Tools

Inaugural Embark Breeder Advisory Board

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Embark launched its inaugural Breeder Advisory Board with seven dedicated members from diverse breeding programs to provide input and feedback on a variety of Embark products including the My Embark for Breeders online experience.  Decades of breeding experience  The vast and varied dog breeding experience behind the Embark Breeder Advisory Board proves they care about...

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DNA Health Summary Report
Breeder Tools

DNA Health Summary Report for Breeders

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Embark now offers a handy DNA Health Summary report which highlights a dog’s breed-specific genetic health condition results in a one-page, downloadable PDF. The DNA Health Summary is available for dogs tested with any Embark DNA Kit. This new tool for breeders is an easy-to-read, snapshot report showing the risk of developing breed-specific conditions. It...

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Breeder Tools

My Embark for Breeders Pair Predictor Launches

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Knowing which breeding pairs will produce the genetically healthiest puppies just got a whole lot easier with Pair Predictor. This new tool, located in the breeder tools section of your My Embark for Breeders account, takes the guesswork out of assessing potential matings, and the predicted litter outcomes. Pair Predictor for health conditions will work...

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For Breeders

Assessing a potential mate? Start with a COI request.

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Responsible breeders know the value of genetic COI (coefficient of inbreeding) in making breeding decisions: Not only is it correlated to overall canine health and lifespan, it can be extremely useful in assessing potential breeding mates for your dog. In fact, it’s one of the reasons so many breeders choose Embark for their DNA testing: Only Embark...

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Embark Holiday Gift Guide
For Breeders

2021 Embark for Breeders Holiday Gift Guide

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Looking for holiday gift ideas for the active dog breeder in your life? Whether a first-time breeder or a well established one, Embark for Breeders offers these practical and fun gift suggestions for both breeder and her dam’s puppies.                                                          Litter Announcement Bandana Show off your excitement about the arrival of puppies...

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For Breeders

Enhanced My Embark for Breeders Page Highlights Breeder Tools

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  When breeders log in to their my.embarkvet.com account today they will experience the new look and enhanced functionality of their My Embark for Breeders page. Breeder tools, including available Matchmaker breeds, will now be front and center as well as new search functions that will make finding dogs easier, especially for those with multiple...

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For Breeders

When Should I Order My DNA Test Kit?

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Embark Veterinary is focused on providing comprehensive results in an efficient manner. Did you know over 95% of breeders receive their results less than 21 days after we receive their DNA kits? Still, we encourage breeders to plan ahead and order kits as soon as they know how many puppies or potential breeding dogs they...

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For Breeders

Top 5 Reasons to DNA Test Before You Breed

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Educating yourself about canine health is one of the best ways to learn about dog breeding. There are many health screenings and genetic test results to consider when making responsible decisions while planning a litter. Let’s explore the top five reasons why knowing the genetic health risk of your dog can improve the way you...

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Bring the Family: Why You Should DNA Test Your Litters
For Breeders

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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For Breeders

Dog DNA testing is an important part of a responsible breeding program when it comes to genetic health, traits, and the coefficient of inbreeding (COI). Embark offers educational content about genetic conditions by breed, the science behind DNA testing, and product updates to help breeders navigate all the information they need.

At Embark for Breeders, we know how important it is to have accurate science behind the DNA test you use to plan the next generation. Our scientists are making genetic discoveries to help reduce inherited genetic diseases and to increase the longevity of your dogs and puppies.