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Should I breed a dog tested as a carrier or at-risk?


Learn how to factor genetic health results into breeding decisions in this introductory video with Dr. Adam Boyko.

Embark Veterinary is a research partner of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

How should I factor my dog’s health results into my breeding decisions?

Many breeders receive their dog’s Embark results and discover that their dog is a carrier or at-risk for a genetic health condition. This prompts a common question, “Should dogs with one or two copies of a deleterious variant be used in a breeding program?” In this video, Embark’s Chief Science Officer explains what to consider when answering that question. 

Did you know? 

Embark provides free consultations to walk through your dogs’ genetic results and evaluate potential litter health and trait outcomes for prospective breedings. To schedule a free consultation, email us at 

Adam Boyko, PhD Scientist

Dr. Adam Boyko is the Chief Science Officer at Embark and an associate professor in Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Boyko has coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Morris Animal Foundation. He received an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Biology from Purdue University before his postdoctoral work at Cornell and Stanford.

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