Dog Coat Type and Length
Genetic Health Education

Decode Your Dog’s Coat Type and Length

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   It’s always fun to highlight one of the most commonly observed traits in dogs, their unique coat types, and explain the underlying science that determines the outcome. Coats come in various forms ranging from the short, hard, wiry coats of terriers to the long, silky coats of many toy dogs. Part of a dog’s...

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breed with roan patterned coat
For Breeders

Embark Discovers Roaning Genomic Region Offers Only Roan DNA Test in the Marketplace

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Embark scientists, working in collaboration with its citizen scientist customers, made the unique genetic discovery that the uniquely patterned coat of Cattle Dogs, Pointers, and other breeds known as “roaning” is strongly associated with a genomic region on chromosome 38 and likely regulated by the usherin gene (USH2A). Embark’s study R-locus for roaned coat is...

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Breeder Tools

New Chat Feature to Reach Out to Other Embark Breeders

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  Embark’s chat feature allows you to contact other Embark users to learn more about the dogs in their profile. We are excited to announce some fresh new improvements to Embark chat that make it much easier to use.   To connect with another breeder via chat: Go to the public profile of a dog...

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Canine Health Summit Panel
Genetic Health Education

Advice on How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Pitfalls in Dog Breeding from Canine Health Summit Panelists

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Many breeders find the companionship of their purebred dog so rewarding that they feel they would like to mate their dog, to continue the bloodline or keep a puppy.  The Embark Canine Health Summit was a full two day virtual event where breeders, researchers, veterinarians and dog fanciers all came together to discuss how breeding...

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Embark Canine Health Summit
Genetic Health Education

Everything You Need to Know About the Embark Canine Health Summit

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On February 15th and 16th, 2021 we witnessed Embark’s inaugural canine health event. Until now, there has been no other major dog health conference focused on bringing dog breeders of all experience levels together with veterinarians and the research community. Through conversation between all these groups, researchers and veterinarians can get the insights only breeders...

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Parentage Testing
Breeder Tools

Perspectives on Canine Parentage Testing

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The Past DNA testing and profiling came of age less than 50 years ago – providing for a myriad of opportunities, including forensics, screening for predisposition to disease, and paternity testing. Paternity testing, by common definition: Typically, a DNA-based test to determine whether a given male could be the biological parent of a given offspring....

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brown and cocoa french bulldogs
Coat Genetics

Embark for Breeders Dog DNA Test Includes Cocoa Trait

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Embark for Breeders Dog DNA test includes 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 produce dark brown pigment in their skin and hair. Dogs must have two copies of the...

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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 an Embark for Breeders Dog DNA test; now set them apart for everyone to see with a “Tested by Embark” logo. DNA testing for genetic health conditions and managing diversity are two of the many important steps breeders take to manage and improve the overall health...

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White Spotting Test Added to Embark for Breeders kit
Coat Genetics

Embark for Breeders Dog DNA Test Includes White Spotting

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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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Inbreeding, Genetic COI, and Why They Matter to Your Breeding Program
Genetic Health Education

Measuring Inbreeding and How Genetic COI Can Help Your Breeding Program

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Learn about genetic COI (coefficient of inbreeding) and how it can be used to inform breeding decisions with Aaron Sams, PhD. Many factors are considered when choosing which dogs to use in breeding programs including conformation, temperament, genetic disease mutations, and much more. Assessing the impact of inbreeding is another factor to consider. In this...

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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.