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A Gift Guide for Your Dog’s Birthday


Is your pup’s birthday right around the corner? Don’t forget to give them the celebration they deserve. At Embark we know that your furry family members’ birthdays are worth celebrating. We are here to guide you in the right direction when purchasing some puptastic birthday gifts for your dog’s birthday! 1. Pup-friendly cakes If you’re...

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How a Dog DNA Test Helped Save Molly’s Life


When she brought Molly to the veterinarian for a regular physical exam, Sue Benner didn’t expect to find a genetic health risk. That surprise finding may have saved Molly’s life. Sue took Molly, her 4-month old purebred Keeshond puppy, to see Dr. Sharon Minninger at Telford Veterinary Hospital in Souderton, Pennsylvania for a physical examination...

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Scooby-Doo Decoded


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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Embark Salutes Service Dogs for Veterans


Every day, our brave service men and women stand ready to protect us. But for many, the hardest battle is the one they face after returning home: post traumatic stress (PTSD). When this happens, who stands ready to protect them? Often, it’s a service dog. Since June is National PTSD Awareness Month, we wanted to...

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Is My Dog Right- or Left-Pawed?


    Did you know that, just like humans, dogs can have limb dominance or paw preference when doing simple tasks like walking or reaching for something? Many owners may observe their dogs starting a variety of activities without realizing that they have a limb preference. Just like when a human always takes their first...

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A Genetic History of Dogs and Wolves in North America


North American Grey Wolves were once always grey, but now some are black. Why? Dive into how the introduction of domestic dogs from Asia changed the makeup of wolves, forever. Dogs and wolves share much in common  Did you know that it’s because of dogs that some members of the American Gray Wolf population have...

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Stand with Me: Connecting Service Dogs with Military Veterans


Veterans Day is a federal holiday meant to honor those who have served in the military. In celebration of Veterans Day, we sat down with Francess “Myrph” McMahon of Stand With Me, a nonprofit organization that places service dogs with veterans. Stand With Me takes a unique approach by teaching veterans to train their own...

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Are You a Dog Breed Expert?


How well do you know your dog breeds? Do you think you’re a pro? Put your knowledge to the test with our dog breed quiz! Can you believe how many dog breeds there are? The American Kennel Club currently registers 197 breeds, but there are even more than that out there. Currently, Embark dog DNA...

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Can We Guess What Type of Dog You Have?


We want to know what type of dog you have! Can we guess with a short quiz? Take a few minutes to answer some of our questions about exercise, personality and more to find out. We’ll take your answers into account and try to guess what type of dog you have! Do you really know...

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15 Surprising Facts About Dogs


Here at Embark, we love making new discoveries about dogs. That’s why our founders traveled the world studying them. This was Embark’s very beginning, and these findings have since helped thousands of customers learn even more about their furry family members. Dogs are full of surprises. Become a canine expert with the help of these...

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Do Dogs Look Like Their Owners?


You may have heard of the widely held belief that dogs look a lot like their owners—or vice versa, that people look a lot like their dogs. This idea has shown up in many different ways in pop culture, from the movie 101 Dalmatians to the game “Do You Look Like Your Dog?,” featuring matching...

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Embark Identifies Rare Mutation in Labrador Retriever


Meet Arthur. He may look short for a Labrador Retriever, and he is, but that doesn’t affect his personality one bit. He’s a very special dog with a very special story. And as it turns out, a very rare genetic mutation identified by Embark. Arthur’s story Arthur’s fur mom Celeste Wilkinson took him in when...

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The Shared History of Dogs and Humans


Greger Larson, PhD from the University of Oxford joined Embark at the second annual Canine Health Summit to talk about the shared history of dogs and humans. For many of us, dogs are not just pets; they are family members. The science behind why we love our dogs is extensive, and researchers are constantly uncovering...

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Alaskan Sled Dogs: Genetics of Canine Athletes


When we think of Alaskan sled dogs, breeds like the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, or even the Samoyed usually come to mind. These are the types of dogs popularized by movies like Snow Dogs, White Fang, Balto, and Togo. But according to Dr. Heather Huson, many other types of dogs can be modern sled dogs,...

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The State of Dog Care


At Embark, our scientists are working hard to improve dog health, with the help of our customers through community science. Embark conducted a study of over 190,000 Embark customers, plus 1,977 additional pet owners in all 50 states, to find out where pet owners are going the extra mile to care for their dogs in...

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At Embark, the insights into our canine companions start with genetics, but they don’t end there. We stay on top of the latest news in science, dog health, and more.

Embark with us as we decode dogs, both famous and close to home. Hear stories from our customers, watch the family reunions made possible by our canine Relative Finder, and access Embark contests and quizzes. We also explore how dogs have influenced human history, science, and holiday celebrations.