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. Currently, 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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Genetic Health Education

Should I breed a dog tested as a carrier or at-risk?

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Learn how to factor genetic health results into breeding decisions in this introductory video with Embark Co-founder Dr. Adam Boyko. How should I factor my dog’s genetic health results into my breeding decisions? Many breeders receive their dog’s Embark results and discover that their dog is a carrier or at-risk for a genetic health condition....

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Westminster Best in Show Winner Buddy Holly the PBGV
Breeder Tools

Westminster and Embark: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

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For the fifth consecutive year, Embark Veterinary was proud to sponsor the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, as the official dog DNA test  of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This iconic event occurred on May 6, 8, and 9, 2023, at the USTA Billie Jean King National...

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Genetic Health Education

Dog DNA Tests: Top 6 Things Breeders Need to Know

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Genetic health testing is growing among breeders who see the benefits of informed breeding decisions and healthier litters. Here are some frequently asked questions about dog DNA tests. Q: What is genetic health screening? A: Genetic health screening can provide extremely detailed information to improve your dog’s health, optimize breeding pairs, improve litter outcomes, and...

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Bearded Collie
Genetic Health Education

How Testing for 250+ Genetic Conditions Helps Purebred Dogs

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A common and important question – why does Embark test for health conditions that are not known to impact my breed? Embark prioritizes health conditions that are known to impact your breed. We highlight these breed-relevant genetic health conditions at the top of the health summary on each dog’s results report. Embark users can also...

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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.