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Labrador TVD

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Embark Veterinary’s mission is to end preventable disease in dogs. When our company was founded, we set out to build a database of canine genetic data that could be used for meaningful scientific research by inviting passionate scientists with expertise in population genetics and canine genomics to join our team. Since then we’ve added veterinarians,...

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Assessing a potential mate? Start with a COI request.
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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, it can be extremely useful in assessing potential breeding mates for your dog. In fact, it’s one of the reasons so many breeders choose Embark for their DNA testing:...

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Genetic Health Testing for German Shepherd Dogs

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Embark for Breeders offers 10 breed-specific genetic health tests for the German Shepherd Dog among the 210+ genetic health conditions Embark tests for. Breeders can easily share breed-specific DNA test results on parents or puppies with the one-page DNA Health Summary report offered with Embark test results.   Genetic health testing is an integral part of...

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Genetic Health Testing for Golden Retrievers

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Embark for Breeders offers nine breed-specific genetic health tests for the Golden Retriever among Embark’s 210+ genetic health conditions. Breeders can easily share breed-specific DNA test results on parents or puppies with the one-page DNA Health Summary report offered with Embark test results.   Genetic health testing is an integral part of a responsible dog breeding...

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Labrador Retriever puppies with their parents
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My Embark for Breeders Pair Predictor Launches

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Knowing which breeding pairs will produce the genetically healthiest puppies just got a whole lot easier with Pair Predictor. This new tool, located in the breeder tools section of your My Embark for Breeders account, takes the guesswork out of assessing potential matings, and the predicted litter outcomes. Pair Predictor for health conditions will work...

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Labrador Retriever genetic health testing
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Genetic Health Testing for Labrador Retrievers

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The Labrador Retriever is a large, double-coated breed with a weather-resistant coat that comes in three colors — black, yellow, and chocolate, according to the AKC breed standard. From English fishing and hunting stock, this active, hearty breed was developed in Canada. Easily trained and a great swimmer, this breed excels in a variety of...

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Irish Setter
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Celebrating Irish Dog Breeds on St. Patrick’s Day

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Top o’ the mornin’ to the Irish dog breeds on St. Patrick’s Day. A variety of stunning breeds hail from the Emerald Isle. Many of the Irish breeds have breed-specific genetic conditions that Embark tests for among the 210+ genetic health conditions on the full panel. Let’s take a jaunt across the pond to meet...

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Inaugural Embark Breeder Advisory Board

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Embark launched its inaugural Breeder Advisory Board with seven dedicated members from diverse breeding programs to provide input and feedback on a variety of Embark products including the My Embark for Breeders online experience.  Decades of breeding experience  The vast and varied dog breeding experience behind the Embark Breeder Advisory Board proves they care about...

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OFA Cardiac Testing
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Canine cardiac testing explained

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Heart disease can affect many dogs, but in some breeds early testing is critical. Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. A cardiac exam is an important physical (phenotype) health test for dogs. Responsible breeders aiming to produce healthy puppies will conduct cardiac testing on both...

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Eye screenings
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Canine eye screenings explained

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Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. An eye screening exam is one of the most common physical (phenotype) health tests for dogs. Responsible breeders aiming to produce healthy puppies will conduct annual eye testing on both parents prior to breeding. Testing both parents is a...

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Canine Hip Dysplasia Testing Explained

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Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. Testing both parents is a must in order to produce the healthiest puppies possible. There are genotype (DNA tests) for certain diseases and also phenotype (physical examinations) for others that make up the whole health testing protocol. One of...

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Top 20 Questions to Ask Breeders Before Buying a Puppy

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Adding a puppy to your family is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. You’ll want confidence in the breeder that they have put the health and welfare of the puppy first. When that 8-week-old jumble of joy arrives at your new home, how will you know if you have done your homework...

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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.