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Catch up on recent news in dog genetics and health, including breakthroughs in science, pet health in the media, and the latest developments at Embark.

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Make More Core Memories With Your Dog

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There’s a lot that goes into the journey of pet parenthood. It’s filled with moments of happiness, surprise, sometimes frustration, and above all—joy. Every day is an opportunity to experience joy with our dogs. At Embark, we’re all about bringing humans and their dogs closer together. That’s why we’re so excited for our new collaboration...

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Embark Helps Shelter Dogs Find Their Forever Homes

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April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. We think it’s also the perfect time to celebrate Embark’s “Homed for the Holidays” program! Through this project, which began in November 2023, we donated a total of 160 Embark Breed + Health DNA Tests to 16 different animal shelters in the U.S. Animal shelters across...

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Mutt Madness 2024

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We’re rooting for dogs—all day, every day. So when we took a look at this year’s top NCAA teams, we wanted to know which teams were the most dog-friendly. Get ready for… Mutt Madness! We dug into Embark’s database of over 2 million dogs to see what the dogs from each state represented in the...

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Most Popular Dog Names of 2024

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Is your dog named Luna, Bella, or Charlie? If so, you might be a trendsetter. These names are among the top 10 most popular dog names right now. Keep reading to see trending dog names by breed and size, as well as head-to-head comparisons of dog names from pop culture. How did we find the...

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Alaskan Sled Dogs: Genetics of Canine Athletes

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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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Humans and Dogs Share More Than Just DNA

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Humans and dogs have shared a lot of history. Our relationship with dogs started before the agricultural revolution, and it continues well into today. For many of us, dogs are not just pets; they are family members. The science behind why we love our dogs is extensive. Researchers are constantly uncovering new findings that help...

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The State of Dog Care

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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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Origins of the Australian Dingo

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In 2017, Dr. Bill Ballard at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia won a competition to sequence the “world’s most interesting” genome. He chose the Australian dingo. Specifically, they sequenced the DNA of a desert dingo named Sandy. This work created the first full Australian dingo genome, published in a new study in 2022. The...

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Black Legacy in Veterinary Medicine: The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

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Here at Embark, we’re on a mission to improve the life and longevity of all dogs through science and technology. We’re jazzed up to celebrate the unique contributions that have made an impact on veterinary medicine. After all, it‘s in our DNA. So in honor of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting one of the most...

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2021 Year in Review: Discoveries in Dog Science

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2021 was a great year for dog lovers and dog scientists alike. In our 2021 year in review, we dive into some of the big moments that happened in dog genetics this year.  Scientists made lots of discoveries about dog DNA, like the first Basenji dog genome, how puppies are wired to respond to humans,...

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10 Ways to Help Dogs in Need

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Adoption and fostering are great ways to help dogs in need of forever homes. But there are many other ways to give back, even if you can’t adopt a pet right now. Here are 10 ways to spread the love and help dogs in need this holiday season—or any time of year. 1. Donate to...

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Embark at the National Dog Show

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The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show is a beloved tradition for many families across America. About 25 million people tuned in this year. Children and their parents, Americans cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and families waiting for football to start all tune in to watch the National Dog Show together on Thanksgiving Day. This year,...

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