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Embark Discovers Variant Associated with Hearing Loss in Rhodesian Ridgebacks

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Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities in humans and dogs. Just like humans, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs can experience progressive hearing loss early in life. This condition is known as early-onset adult deafness (EOAD).  With this form of deafness, dogs lose their hearing by the time they are 1–2 years old. Some purebred...

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Mendelian Inheritance Explained

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All living things inherit their traits from their parents, whether it’s a person’s height, a dog’s coat type, or a flower’s petal color. Traits aren’t copied with 100% accuracy from parent to offspring, though. Since traits are inherited from both parents, all sorts of mixing and matching can occur on the genetic level. The environment...

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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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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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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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Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Relatives with Embark’s Relative Finder

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Embark offers the world’s first and only canine relative finder, so you can further explore your dog’s DNA story. Our Relative Finder shows your dog’s relatives based on how much DNA they share. It also gives you the ability to connect with their owners. In fact, it has already led to several family reunions, like...

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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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Roaning – Embark’s Newest Discovery

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Your dog is one-of-a-kind. But have you ever wondered what makes them that way? At Embark, we make it our business to know your pup down to their DNA. Our scientists recently unlocked a secret to understanding dogs’ roan coat patterns — and they couldn’t have done it without the help of everyday dog owners...

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5 Questions with Ausra Milano, Embark Research Scientist

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Embark scientist? When your dog’s Embark swab goes to the lab to be studied, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Ausra Milano is a research scientist who makes sure Embark’s DNA swabs are processed properly. Ausra is also actively...

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What’s Your Dog’s Holiday Routine?

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The holidays feel like they were tailor-made for dogs: lots of interesting new smells around the house, new friends coming to visit, and all the delicious food you can drool over. We surveyed over 70,000 dogs to get an idea of how they might act during holiday get togethers and to see if their breed...

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Dogs Explained

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Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a hereditary condition that results in vision loss in dogs (as well as humans). Blindness has many causes and can be a common health issue in dogs, especially if they’re older. It may sound scary, but dogs are able to cope well with blindness thanks to their other senses. PRA...

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Recombination Explained: How Littermates Can Look Different

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When two different purebred dogs have puppies, the resulting litter can have a wide spectrum of looks. This effect is compounded if the parents themselves are mixed breed. Sometimes it can be hard to believe the puppies are related going solely off their appearance. While it’s possible for one litter of puppies to have multiple...

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5 Breed Traits in Dogs Explained by Genetics

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As dog breeds populate over generations, they start to pick up distinct behaviors and characteristics. These breed traits can develop as a response to both genetic and environmental factors. We’ll explain this process with a review of 6 specific breed traits as well as the conditions that caused them. Norwegian Lundehund Breed trait: Double-jointed neck...

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Why your dog’s genetic breed results may not be what you expected

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Every day, we hear from Embark customers who are surprised by their dog’s breed results. This often happens with mixed-breed dogs that don’t quite look like you’d imagine based on their breed breakdown.  These expectation-defying differences are possible because of how genetic inheritance works. Just like you, your dog gets one set of genes from...

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There’s a Gene That Controls Appetite in Dogs and Embark Now Tests For It

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Labrador Retrievers are America’s most popular dog breed, and for good reason—they’re known for being loyal, friendly, and great with kids. Another thing they’re famous for: their appetite. If you’ve ever had a Lab, you may know what we’re talking about—the pups will often devour just about anything in sight, edible or not.    But...

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