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Dog Decoded

At Embark, we love finding out what makes dogs unique, down to their DNA. Join us as we decode dogs, from the history of domestication to the genes that code for canine traits.

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Bernyk’s Breed Reveal

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100% of online guesses got this wrong! As his Instagram handle suggests, Bernyk looks like a Yellow Labrador or Golden Retriever. Are you surprised to find out that, genetically, he is 50% Poodle? So are we! Bernyk’s dominant breed is 50.0% Poodle, followed by 39.6% Labrador Retriever and 10.4% Golden Retriever. That means that one...

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Dog Decoded: The Shaggy Poodle Mix

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Do you know what your dog is? The truth is, most people don’t! Just looking at your dog won’t tell you their genetic make-up. DNA can be tricky. Every day, we get messages from pet parents who were shocked to discover what their dog’s breed mix really was. So we’re highlighting one of those surprising breed...

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Delilah’s Breed Reveal

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This adorable cookies and cream puppy mystery sparked many guesses across our social media. The guesses were as mixed as Delilah’s coat and now the wait is over!  Embark Breed ID Results Another puppy mystery solved. Delilah’s dominant breed is 38.9% American Pit Bull Terrier followed by 17.3% Pomeranian, 16.2% Australian Cattle Dog and 10.5%...

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Scooby-Doo Decoded

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You loved when we decoded Clifford, the Big Red Dog. So today, we’re decoding Scooby-Doo, the famous super-sleuthing, mystery-solving cartoon dog. Scooby-Doo is the iconic titular dog from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? He rides around in the Mystery Machine van with his friends Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy as they look for...

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Genes Behind The Coolest Canine Traits

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Did you know dogs have 39 pairs of chromosomes in each cell? Chromosomes are made up of thousands of genes that carry traits inscribed in DNA. Just like you, your dog gets one set of genes from its mom and another from its dad. Since traits are inherited, all sorts of mix and matching can...

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Surprise! What You Need to Know About Your Basenji Mix

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I adopted my mutt Penny from an animal shelter in Rochester, NY. The shelter labeled her as a “Terrier-Basenji” mix. She certainly had the curly tail of a Basenji, but many dogs have curly tails. As a dog geneticist, I knew that if she truly was part Basenji, it would become very clear with a...

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Decoding Clifford, the Big Red Dog

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Almost everyone knows Clifford, the Big Red Dog. He’s the huge, lovable pup from children’s literature and the star of a new movie. If we ran an Embark DNA test on Clifford, what would we find? A gene that gives him his red coat? Maybe a new mutation that causes supersized dogs? Of course, Clifford...

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Avalanche Rescue Dogs

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The work of a trained avalanche rescue dog in winter backcountry and ski resort rescue missions can be life-saving. For the dogs, though, it’s all about it being a fun and rewarding experience. Wondering why dogs have been trained to be involved in avalanche search and rescue work? It’s all about their noses. Their sense...

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Adventure Dogs Author Gets Surprising Embark Results

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Looking for fun activities to do with your dog that range from ordinary to extraordinary? Maybe your dog is an adventurous mountain climber, like Mason Mason. Or maybe they are more of a homebody, and you’re looking for ideas about how to entertain your dog indoors. No matter what kind of dog you have, writer...

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10 Things to Know About Military Dogs

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Military working dogs have a long history that dates back to ancient times. They are trained in combat to become scouts, sentries, trackers, and more. Military working dogs are typically, but not always, Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, and Dutch Shepherds. Here are 10 things to know about military working dogs: The first official military working...

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Can Dogs See Color?

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Have you ever wondered if your dog can truly see all the colors we can? We’re sure you’ve heard it before, the idea that they might only see in black and white? This is merely an oft-repeated myth according to studies done by Dr. Jay Neitz, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After...

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5 Cat-Friendly Dog Breeds

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Life is better with animals, and we don’t just mean dogs. If you have a pup at home and you would like to expand your furry family to include a cat, or if it’s the other way around, you’ve come to the right place. Many dogs can live with cat companions if they are socialized...

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