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red pigment intensity test
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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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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Tested by Embark Logos for Breeders
Breeder Tools

Tested by Embark Logos for Breeders

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You’ve tested and verified your dog’s genetic health with Embark for Breeders’ DNA testing: now set them apart with new “Tested by Embark” logos. Health testing for genetic risk factors and managing diversity are two of the many important steps breeders take to manage and improve the overall health and vitality of their breeding programs....

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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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Webinar: The Art and Science of Breeding
Genetic Health Education

Webinar: The Art and Science of Breeding

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A webinar presented by The Westminster Kennel Club and Embark Vet. Embark Veterinary and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are pleased to present an informative panel discussion featuring three experts in purebred dog breeding, showing, and canine genetics. Watch this live video event to hear practical guidance and expert perspective relevant to all dog...

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy
Genetic Health Education

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Genetics: Health, Traits, and COI

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Understanding genetic health risks, physical traits, and genetic coefficient of inbreeding for Pembroke Welsh Corgis Genetic health tests offered by Embark for Pembroke Welsh Corgis: Degenerative Myelopathy, DM (SOD1A) Exercise-Induced Collapse (DNM1) Progressive Retinal Atrophy, rcd3 (PDE6A) Von Willebrand Disease Type I (VWF) X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (IL2RG Variant 2) Chondrodystrophy and Intervertebral Disc Disease,...

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Bearded Collie
Genetic Health Education

Bearded Collie Genetics: Health, Traits, and COI

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Learn how Embark is helping Bearded Collie breeders better understand genetic health, coat color traits, and inbreeding. What does Embark test for in Bearded Collie? Genetic health tests offered by Embark for Bearded Collies: Collie Eye Anomaly, Choroidal Hypoplasia, CEA (NHEJ1) Degenerative Myelopathy, DM (SOD1A) Learn more about these health conditions on our health page....

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Vet-Verify Your Dog’s DNA Sample
Breeder Tools

Provide Extra Peace of Mind: Vet-Verify Your Dog’s DNA Sample

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More and more registries and breed organizations require it with your dog’s DNA results submission: Veterinary verification of identity. Of course, Embark’s DNA Test already includes multiple verification checks: We confirm that the genetic sex matches the owner-reported sex for a dog. We conduct a review of genetic breed ancestry. If needed, we even compare...

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beagles
Genetic Health Education

Not breeding your purebred? Why a dog DNA test still matters

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Purebred dog owners often ask, why should I Embark-test a dog I’m not planning to breed? The answers may surprise you. Not only can an Embark test provide you with important genetic health information that could help prevent emergencies, manage disease, and save you money on long-term veterinary bills; but your dog could hold the...

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Breeder Tools

Punnett Squares and Predicting Litter Outcomes

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Learn how to predict potential litter genetic health risks and coat color genotypes with Dr. Adam Boyko. How can I use Punnett squares to predict litter outcomes? Knowing the genotypes of two dogs that might be bred can provide you with a wealth of information.  In this video, Embark’s Chief Science Officer explains how to...

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Genetic Health Education

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, but it can also be extremely useful in assessing potential breeding mates for your dog. In fact, it’s one of the reasons many breeders choose Embark for their DNA...

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doberman pinscher wobbler syndrome in dogs
Genetic Health Education

Wobbler Syndrome in Dogs

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Wobbler Syndrome in dogs—also known as cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM)—is a common disease of the cervical spine in large and giant breed dogs. Presently, the genetic basis for Wobbler Syndrome is unknown.  Although the condition mostly affects Doberman Pinschers (~5%) and Great Danes (~4%), it can also occur in Mastiffs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Borzoi, and Poodles,...

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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.

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