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What Makes Embark the Best Dog DNA Test?

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While there are many companies out there claiming to have the best dog DNA test, only Embark offers the most scientifically advanced one. Our team is made up of scientists, veterinary geneticists, and other experts in the field who are all committed to helping dogs live their healthiest lives. Compare Embark to other dog DNA...

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How Accurate Are Dog DNA Tests?

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The journey of testing your dog’s DNA begins with a swab. After you collect saliva from inside your dog’s cheeks and mail the swab, it arrives at Embark’s CLIA-certified, canine-approved laboratory for processing. The DNA is extracted for analysis under state-of-the-art laboratory conditions. The DNA sample is then run on Embark’s custom-made genetics chip, the...

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How Do Dog DNA Tests Work?

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You probably know that DNA testing, for animals or for humans, involves sending in a saliva or blood sample and waiting for the results. But what happens to your dog’s sample after it gets to the Embark lab? Let’s break down the science behind how dog DNA tests work. The basics of how dog DNA...

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Breed Surprise

Can a Registered Purebred Dog Appear as Mixed Breed on a DNA Test?

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Dog fanciers are rightly passionate about their breeds, and the unique attributes that define breed type, characteristics, temperament, and ability. Generations of careful breeding and selection have helped to refine these breed-specific traits and allow everyone to enjoy the remarkable variation that is represented in the world of purebred dogs! At Embark we celebrate and...

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Why do so Many Breeds have Chow Chow Ancestry?

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Many dog owners are surprised to see ancestry from this breed Sometimes chow ancestry appears in the dog you’d least suspect. Many owners are surprised to learn their dog has some Chow Chow ancestry. Why are Chows common in mixed breeds and uncommon as purebreds? Learn more about this common breed result from Embark’s Chief...

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The Most Accurate Dog DNA Test

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What is the most accurate dog DNA test? The answer to that question depends on a few different factors, like what technology the test uses, how much genetic information is captured in the results, and more. Embark is proud to offer the most accurate dog DNA test on the market today. But how can you...

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Accuracy & Reliability: How Embark Provides Results you can Trust
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Accuracy & Reliability: How Embark Provides Results You Can Trust

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DNA Testing is rapidly growing among breeders, giving them increasingly detailed information to manage and improve the genetic health, diversity, and physical traits of their breeding lines. Given the importance of these test results to the health of not only each dog but also that of future generations of dogs, we believe it’s critical to...

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Must-read for breeders: The latest report on dog-DNA testing
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Must-read for breeders: The latest report on dog-DNA testing

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Looking for the right fit in a dog DNA testing company? The AKC Canine Health Foundation and the OFA, two of the most prestigious authorities in the dog breeding world, recently published a review of the dog DNA testing industry—and it’s an extremely useful guide. Not only does it provide practical explanations of genetics and...

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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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Meet Embark’s Veterinary Geneticist Service Team

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Embark was founded with the mission to end preventable diseases in dogs. To help achieve this, Embark’s dog DNA tests use a research-grade microarray. This allows us to provide the most accurate and comprehensive results on the market, as well as to conduct ongoing research and make new genetic discoveries to further canine health. Meet...

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How Dog DNA Testing Works

How DNA Genotyping Works… and Why It Sometimes Doesn’t

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Occasionally, we get questions from customers curious about how their dog’s DNA is processed into the genotype data that we analyze to understand breed ancestry and health risks. Once we receive your dog’s cheek swab, the DNA contained in the sample is copied many times in a process called amplification. Next, all of those copies...

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A Tail of Two Breeds: How Dog DNA Diverges Over Time

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At Embark, we often receive questions like this one: “How can you differentiate ancestry between closely related breeds?” For example, American Bulldogs and modern English Bulldogs are the descendants of working English Bulldogs that made their way to America with working-class immigrants. So, how can we tell the difference between the genetics of American Bulldogs...

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What’s in Your Dog? Why Breed Doesn’t Always Dictate Appearance

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What makes a dog breed a dog breed? Let’s answer that question using one of the most popular breeds today as an example: the Corgi. For starters, the signature bobtail in the Pembroke Welsh Corgis comes from a mutation in the T-box gene. Without it, the Corgi everyone knows and loves would look totally different....

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The Science of Dog DNA Methylation and Age

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The Embark Dog Age Test uses a dog’s DNA to measure their chronological (or calendar) age. Specifically, we use a feature of DNA called methylation. Here, we explore the science behind DNA methylation and age, and explain how we can use methylation to calculate a dog’s age with remarkable accuracy. DNA allows us to measure...

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Understanding Results

Embark Connects Two Sibling Pups With New Relative Finder

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Embark’s Doggy DNA Relative Finder has only been available since November, but we’ve already heard from several pup-parents about canine relatives being brought together for the first time since puppyhood. Read the story of Jude and Lucy, two sibling pups adopted from the same litter 10 years ago, who were able to meet up for...

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Dog DNA Testing

Learn all about dog DNA testing with expert guidance designed for veterinarians, pet owners, and breeders. These resources answer common questions about the dog DNA testing process, from comparing dog DNA tests to understanding what a dog’s genetic results could mean for their health.

At Embark, science is at the heart of everything we do. That’s why our scientists are hard at work making new discoveries in canine genetics. Dive into the science behind topics like how dog DNA tests work, which dog DNA tests are accurate, and how we can use genetics to help dogs live healthier lives.