Breeds

Every Embark dog DNA test kit tests for over 350 dog breeds. See the full list of breeds we test for below.

    • Affenpinscher

    • Afghan Hound

    • African Village Dog

    • Airedale Terrier

    • Akita

    • Akita Inu Also known as Japanese Akita

    • Alaskan Klee Kai

    • Alaskan Malamute

    • Alaskan-type Husky

    • American Bulldog

    • American English Coonhound Also known as Redtick Coonhound, English Coonhound

    • American Eskimo Dog

    • American Foxhound

    • American Hairless Terrier

    • American Leopard Hound

    • American Pit Bull Terrier

    • American Staffordshire Terrier

    • American Village Dog

    • American Water Spaniel

    • Anatolian Shepherd Dog Also known as Kangal

    • Appenzeller Sennenhund

    • Arabian Village Dog

    • Armenian Gampr

    • Australian Cattle Dog Also known as Blue Heeler

    • Australian Kelpie

    • Australian Shepherd

    • Australian Terrier

    • Azawakh

    • Barbet

    • Basenji

    • Basset Fauve de Bretagne

    • Basset Hound

    • Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound Also known as Bavarian Mountain Hound

    • Beagle

    • Bearded Collie

    • Beauceron

    • Bedlington Terrier

    • Belgian Laekenois

    • Belgian Malinois

    • Belgian Sheepdog Also known as Groenendael

    • Belgian Tervuren

    • Bergamasco Sheepdog

    • Berger Picard

    • Bernese Mountain Dog

    • Bichon Frise

    • Biewer Terrier

    • Black Russian Terrier

    • Black and Tan Coonhound

    • Bloodhound

    • Blue Lacy

    • Blue Picardy Spaniel

    • Bluetick Coonhound

    • Boerboel Also known as South African Mastiff

    • Bohemian Shepherd

    • Bolognese

    • Border Collie

    • Border Terrier

    • Borzoi

    • Boston Terrier

    • Bouvier des Flandres

    • Boxer

    • Boykin Spaniel

    • Bracco Italiano

    • Braque D'Auvergne

    • Braque Du Bourbonnais

    • Braque Francais Pyrenean

    • Briard

    • Brittany

    • Brussels Griffon

    • Bull Terrier

    • Bulldog Also known as English Bulldog

    • Bullmastiff

    • Cairn Terrier

    • Canaan Dog

    • Canadian Eskimo Dog

    • Cane Corso

    • Cane Di Fonni

    • Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    • Carolina Dog Also known as American Dingo

    • Catahoula Leopard Dog

    • Caucasian Ovcharka Also known as Caucasian Shepherd Dog

    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    • Central Asian Shepherd Dog

    • Central Asian Village Dog

    • Central and East African Village Dog

    • Cesky Fousek

    • Cesky Terrier

    • Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    • Chihuahua

    • Chinese Chongqing Dog

    • Chinese Crested

    • Chinese Shar-Pei

    • Chinese Village Dog

    • Chinook

    • Chow Chow

    • Cimarron Uruguayo

    • Cirneco Dell'Etna

    • Clumber Spaniel

    • Cocker Spaniel

    • Collie

    • Colombian Fino Hound

    • Coton de Tulear

    • Coyote

    • Curly-Coated Retriever

    • Czechoslovakian Vlcak

    • Dachshund Also known as Dachshund (Miniature), Dachshund (Standard)

    • Dalmatian

    • Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    • Danish-Swedish Farmdog

    • Dingo

    • Doberman Pinscher

    • Dogo Argentino

    • Dogue de Bordeaux Also known as French Mastiff

    • Drentsche Patrijshond

    • Dutch Shepherd

    • East Asian Village Dog

    • Eastern European Village Dog

    • English Cocker Spaniel

    • English Foxhound

    • English Setter

    • English Shepherd

    • English Springer Spaniel

    • English Toy Spaniel

    • Entlebucher Mountain Dog

    • Eurasier

    • European Village Dog

    • Field Spaniel

    • Fila Brasileiro

    • Finnish Lapphund

    • Finnish Spitz

    • Flat-Coated Retriever

    • Formosan Mountain Dog Also known as Taiwan Dog

    • French Bulldog

    • French Spaniel

    • German Longhaired Pointer Also known as Deutsch Langhaar

    • German Pinscher

    • German Shepherd Dog

    • German Shorthaired Pointer

    • German Spitz

    • German Wirehaired Pointer

    • Giant Schnauzer

    • Glen of Imaal Terrier

    • Golden Retriever

    • Gordon Setter

    • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

    • Gray Wolf

    • Great Dane

    • Great Pyrenees

    • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    • Greenland Dog Also known as Greenland Sledge Dog

    • Greyhound

    • Hamiltonstovare

    • Harrier

    • Havanese

    • Hokkaido

    • Hong Kong Village Dog

    • Hovawart

    • Ibizan Hound

    • Icelandic Sheepdog

    • Indian Indigenous Dog

    • Irish Red and White Setter

    • Irish Setter

    • Irish Terrier

    • Irish Water Spaniel

    • Irish Wolfhound

    • Istrian Shorthaired Hound

    • Italian Greyhound

    • Jagdterrier

    • Jamthund

    • Japanese Chin

    • Japanese or Korean Village Dog

    • Jindo

    • Kai Ken

    • Karakachan

    • Karelian Bear Dog

    • Keeshond

    • Kerry Blue Terrier

    • Kishu Ken

    • Komondor

    • Koolie Also known as German Coolie, Australian Koolie

    • Kuvasz

    • Labrador Retriever

    • Lagotto Romagnolo

    • Lakeland Terrier

    • Lancashire Heeler

    • Lapponian Herder

    • Leonberger

    • Levriero Meridionale

    • Lhasa Apso

    • Llewellin Setter

    • Lowchen

    • Maltese

    • Manchester Terrier (Standard)

    • Manchester Terrier (Toy)

    • Maremma Sheepdog

    • Markiesje Also known as Dutch Tulip Hound

    • Mastiff Also known as English Mastiff

    • McNab

    • Melanesian Village Dog

    • Mi-Ki

    • Middle Eastern Village Dog

    • Miniature Bull Terrier

    • Miniature Pinscher

    • Miniature Schnauzer

    • Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd Also known as Miniature Australian Shepherd, Australian Shepherd

    • Mountain Cur

    • Mudi

    • Munsterlander (Large)

    • Munsterlander (Small)

    • Murray River Retriever Also known as Murray River Curly Coated Retriever

    • Neapolitan Mastiff

    • Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

    • New Guinea Singing Dog

    • New Zealand Huntaway

    • Newfoundland

    • Norfolk Terrier

    • Norrbottenspets

    • Northern East African Village Dog

    • Norwegian Buhund

    • Norwegian Elkhound

    • Norwegian Lundehund

    • Norwich Terrier

    • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

    • Old English Sheepdog

    • Otterhound

    • Papillon

    • Pekingese

    • Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    • Perdiguero de Burgos

    • Perro de Presa Canario

    • Peruvian Inca Orchid

    • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

    • Pharaoh Hound

    • Phu Quoc Ridgeback

    • Picardy Spaniel

    • Plott

    • Pointer Also known as English Pointer

    • Polish Lowland Sheepdog

    • Polish Tatra Sheepdog

    • Polynesian Village Dog

    • Pomeranian

    • Poodle (Small) Also known as Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle

    • Poodle (Standard)

    • Portuguese Podengo

    • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

    • Portuguese Pointer

    • Portuguese Water Dog

    • Prague Ratter

    • Pudelpointer

    • Pug

    • Puli

    • Pumi

    • Pungsan

    • Pyrenean Mastiff

    • Pyrenean Shepherd

    • Rat Terrier

    • Redbone Coonhound

    • Rhodesian Ridgeback

    • Rottweiler

    • Russell-type Terrier Also known as Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Russell Terrier

    • Russian Toy

    • Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

    • Saint Bernard

    • Saluki

    • Samoyed

    • Sarplaninac

    • Schapendoes

    • Schipperke

    • Scottish Deerhound

    • Scottish Terrier

    • Sealyham Terrier

    • Shetland Sheepdog

    • Shiba Inu

    • Shih Tzu

    • Shikoku

    • Shiloh Shepherd

    • Siberian Husky

    • Silken Windhound

    • Silky Terrier

    • Skye Terrier

    • Sloughi

    • Slovensky Cuvac

    • Smooth Fox Terrier

    • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

    • South Asian Village Dog Also known as Indian Indigenous Dog

    • Southeast Asian Island Village Dog

    • Southeast Asian Village Dog

    • Spanish Galgo

    • Spanish Mastiff

    • Spanish Water Dog

    • Spinone Italiano

    • Stabyhoun

    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

    • Standard Schnauzer

    • Sussex Spaniel

    • Swedish Lapphund

    • Swedish Vallhund

    • Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

    • Terrier Brasileiro Also known as Brazilian Terrier

    • Thai Bangkaew

    • Thai Ridgeback

    • Tibetan Mastiff

    • Tibetan Spaniel

    • Tibetan Terrier

    • Tosa (Inu)

    • Toy Fox Terrier

    • Treeing Walker Coonhound

    • Vietnamese Village Dog

    • Vizsla

    • Volpino Italiano

    • Weimaraner

    • Welsh Sheepdog

    • Welsh Springer Spaniel

    • Welsh Terrier

    • West African Village Dog

    • West Asian Village Dog Also known as Middle Eastern Village Dog

    • West Highland White Terrier

    • West Siberian Laika

    • Western European Village Dog

    • Wetterhoun Also known as Frisian Water Dog

    • Whippet

    • White Shepherd Also known as White Swiss Shepherd, Berger Blanc Suisse

    • Windsprite Also known as Longhaired Whippet, Silken Windsprite

    • Wire Fox Terrier

    • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

    • Wirehaired Vizsla

    • Xoloitzcuintli Also known as Mexican Hairless

    • Yakutian Laika

    • Yorkshire Terrier

Health

Full list of over 210+ health conditions we test for in every kit, in over 16 different areas. Search our database by breed or health condition using the fields below.

Full list of health conditions we test for, in 16 different areas:

  • Brain and Spinal Cord
    • Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy (Canine Multiple System Degeneration) (SERAC1 Exon 15)
    • Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy, Remitting Focal Epilepsy (LGI2)
    • Cerebellar Ataxia, Progressive Early-Onset Cerebellar Ataxia (SEL1L)
    • Cerebellar Abiotrophy, Neonatal Cerebellar Cortical Degeneration (SPTBN2)
    • Narcolepsy (HCRTR2 Intron 6)
    • Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Late-Onset Ataxia (CAPN1)
    • Alaskan Husky Encephalopathy, Subacute Necrotizing Encephalomyelopathy (SLC19A3)
    • Hypomyelination and Tremors (FNIP2)
    • Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy (Canine Multiple System Degeneration) (SERAC1 Exon 4)
    • Degenerative Myelopathy (SOD1A)
    • L-2-Hydroxyglutaricaciduria (L2HGDH)
    • Polyneuropathy, NDRG1 Malamute Variant (NDRG1 Exon 4)
    • Spinocerebellar Ataxia with Myokymia and/or Seizures (KCNJ10)
    • Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (HSAN), Acral Mutilation Syndrome (GDNF-AS)
    • Juvenile-Onset Polyneuropathy, Leonberger Polyneuropathy 1 (LPN1, ARHGEF10)
    • Fetal-Onset Neonatal Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (MFN2)
    • Shaking Puppy Syndrome, X-linked Generalized Tremor Syndrome (PLP)
    • Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS) (ATF2)
    • Polyneuropathy, NDRG1 Greyhound Variant (NDRG1 Exon 15)
    • Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy (RAB3GAP1)
    • Cerebellar Hypoplasia (VLDLR)
    • Alexander Disease (GFAP)
  • Muscular
    • Myotonia Congenita (CLCN1 Exon 23)
    • Inherited Myopathy of Great Danes (BIN1)
    • Myotonia Congenita (CLCN1 Exon 7)
    • Centronuclear Myopathy (PTPLA)
    • Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy (DMD Golden Retriever Variant)
    • Myotubular Myopathy 1, X-linked Myotubular Myopathy (MTM1)
    • Exercise-Induced Collapse (DNM1)
    • Muscular Dystrophy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Variant 1
    • Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy (DMD Pembroke Welsh Corgi Variant )
  • Blood
    • Factor VIII Deficiency, Hemophilia A (F8 Exon 1, Shepherd Variant 2)
    • Ligneous Membranitis (PLG)
    • Von Willebrand Disease Type I (VWF)
    • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 7 Pug Variant)
    • Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia Type I (ITGA2B Exon 13)
    • Factor IX Deficiency, Hemophilia B (F9 Exon 7, Terrier Variant)
    • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 7 Labrador Variant)
    • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 5)
    • Thrombopathia (RASGRP2 Exon 5, American Eskimo Dog Variant)
    • P2Y12 Receptor Platelet Disorder (P2RY12)
    • May-Hegglin Anomaly (MYH9)
    • Thrombopathia (RASGRP2 Exon 8)
    • Factor VIII Deficiency, Hemophilia A (F8 Exon 11, Shepherd Variant 1)
    • Factor VIII Deficiency, Hemophilia A (F8 Exon 10, Boxer Variant)
    • Factor VII Deficiency (F7 Exon 5)
    • Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia (TUBB1 Exon 1, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Variant)
    • Prekallikrein Deficiency (KLKB1 Exon 8)
    • Thrombopathia (RASGRP2 Exon 5, Basset Hound Variant)
    • Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia Type I (ITGA2B Exon 12)
    • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 10)
    • Von Willebrand Disease Type II (VWF Exon 28)
    • Factor IX Deficiency, Hemophilia B (F9 Exon 7, Rhodesian Ridgeback Variant)
    • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 7 Beagle Variant)
    • Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (VPS13B)
    • Cyclic Neutropenia, Gray Collie Syndrome (AP3B1 Exon 20)
    • Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type III (LAD3) (FERMT3)
    • Canine Elliptocytosis (SPTB Exon 30)
    • Von Willebrand Disease Type III (VWF Exon 4)
  • Multisystem
    • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis (RCND) (FLCN Exon 7)
    • GM2 Gangliosidosis (HEXA)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (MFSD8)
    • GM1 Gangliosidosis (GLB1 Exon 15 Shiba Inu Variant)
    • X-linked Ectodermal Dysplasia, Anhidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (EDA Intron 8)
    • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, Krabbe disease (GALC Exon 5)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 1 (PPT1 Exon 8)
    • Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ia, Von Gierke Disease (G6PC)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CLN5 Exon 4 Variant 2)
    • Congenital Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca and Ichthyosiform Dermatosis (CKCSID), Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome (FAM83H Exon 5)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 2 (TPP1 Exon 4)
    • Glycogen Storage Disease Type IIIa (GSD IIIa) (AGL)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CLN8)
    • Glycogen storage disease Type VII, Phosphofructokinase deficiency (PFKM Exon 21)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 8 (CLN8 Exon 2)
    • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (CCDC39 Exon 3)
    • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA, Sanfilippo Syndrome Type A (SGSH Exon 6 Variant 1)
    • Lagotto Storage Disease (ATG4D)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 1, Cerebellar Ataxia - NCL-A (ARSG Exon 2)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 6 (CLN6 Exon 7)
    • GM1 Gangliosidosis (GLB1 Exon 2)
    • Glycogen Storage Disease Type II, Pompe's Disease (GAA)
    • GM1 Gangliosidosis (GLB1 Exon 15 Alaskan Husky Variant)
    • Adult-Onset Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (ATP13A2)
    • Glycogen storage disease Type VII, Phosphofructokinase deficiency (PFKM Exon 8)
    • GM2 Gangliosidosis (HEXB, Poodle Variant)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 1 (CLN5 Exon 4 Variant 1)
    • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 10 (CTSD Exon 5)
    • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome (GUSB Exon 3)
    • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome (GUSB Exon 5)
    • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA, Sanfilippo Syndrome Type A (SGSH Exon 6 Variant 2)
  • Eyes
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy Rod-cone dysplasia, rcd1a (PDE6B Exon 21 Sloughi Variant)
    • Canine Multifocal Retinopathy cmr3 (BEST1 Exon 10 Deletion)
    • Achromatopsia (CNGA3 Exon 7 German Shepherd Variant)
    • Canine Multifocal Retinopathy cmr3 (BEST1 Exon 10 SNP)
    • Canine Multifocal Retinopathy cmr1 (BEST1 Exon 2)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - crd4/cord1 (RPGRIP1)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - crd1 (PDE6B)
    • Canine Multifocal Retinopathy cmr2 (BEST1 Exon 5)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - rcd1 Rod-cone dysplasia, rcd1 (PDE6B Exon 21 Irish Setter Variant)
    • Hereditary Cataracts, Early-Onset Cataracts, Juvenile Cataracts (HSF4 Exon 9 Boston Terrier Variant)
    • Achromatopsia (CNGA3 Exon 7 Labrador Retriever Variant)
    • Glaucoma Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (ADAMTS10 Exon 9)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (CNGB1)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - prcd Progressive rod-cone degeneration (PRCD Exon 1)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (SAG)
    • Macular Corneal Dystrophy (MCD) (CHST6)
    • Autosomal Dominant Progressive Retinal Atrophy (RHO)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - rcd3 Rod-cone dysplasia, rcd3 (PDE6A)
    • Golden Retriever Progressive Retinal Atrophy 2 (TTC8)
    • Primary Lens Luxation (ADAMTS17)
    • Collie Eye Anomaly, Choroidal Hypoplasia (NHEJ1)
    • Hereditary Cataracts, Early-Onset Cataracts, Juvenile Cataracts (HSF4 Exon 9 Shepherd Variant)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - crd2 (IQCB1)
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - CNGA (CNGA1 Exon 9)
    • Glaucoma Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (ADAMTS10 Exon 17)
    • Congenital stationary night blindness (RPE65)
    • Glaucoma Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (ADAMTS17 Exon 12)
    • Day blindness, Achromatopsia, Cone Degeneration (CNGB3 Exon 6)
  • Gastro-intestinal
    • Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome, Selective Cobalamin Malabsorption (CUBN Exon 53)
    • Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome, Selective Cobalamin Malabsorption (CUBN Exon 8)
  • Skin & Connective Tissues
    • Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (COL7A1)
    • Ectodermal Dysplasia, Skin Fragility Syndrome (PKP1)
    • Focal Non-Epidermolytic Palmoplantar Keratoderma, Pachyonychia Congenita (KRT16)
    • Ichthyosis (PNPLA1)
    • Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis (FAM83G)
    • Ichthyosis, Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (KRT10)
    • Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (SUV39H2)
    • Ichthyosis (SLC27A4)
    • Musladin-Lueke Syndrome (ADAMTSL2)
  • Kidney and Bladder
    • Hyperuricosuria and Hyperuricemia or Urolithiasis (SLC2A9)
    • Cystinuria Type I-A (SLC7A9)
    • Protein Losing Nephropathy (NPHS1)
    • X-Linked Hereditary Nephropathy (Samoyed Variant 2) (COL4A5 Exon 35)
    • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD1)
    • Cystinuria Type II-A (SLC3A1)
    • Cystinuria Type I-A (SLC3A1)
    • Primary Hyperoxaluria (AGXT)
    • Autosomal Recessive Hereditary Nephropathy, Familial Nephropathy (COL4A4 Exon 3)
    • 2,8-Dihydroxyadenine (2,8-DHA) Urolithiasis (APRT)
  • Metabolic
    • Malignant Hyperthermia (RYR1)
    • Hypocatalasia, Acatalasemia (CAT)
    • Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (PDP1)
  • Immune
    • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (PRKDC)
    • X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (IL2RG Variant 2)
    • X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (IL2RG Variant 1)
    • Complement 3 (C3) deficiency (C3)
    • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (RAG1)
  • Skeletal
    • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) (SLC37A2)
    • Hereditary Vitamin D-Resistant Rickets (VDR)
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Disease (COL1A2)
    • Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate (ADAMTS20)
    • Osteochondrodysplasia, Skeletal Dwarfism (SLC13A1)
    • Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1, Dwarfism-Retinal Dysplasia 1 - drd1 (COL9A3, Labrador Retriever)
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Disease (SERPINH1)
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Disease (COL1A1)
    • Skeletal Dysplasia 2 (COL11A2)
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Disease (COL1A2, Chow Chow Variant)
  • Neuro-muscular
    • Episodic Falling Syndrome (BCAN)
    • Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CHAT)
    • Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (COLQ)
  • Other Systems
    • Persistent Mullerian Duct Syndrome (AMHR2)
    • Autosomal Recessive Amelogenesis Imperfecta (Italian Greyhound Variant)
  • Heart
    • Long QT Syndrome (KCNQ1)
    • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (PDK4)
  • Clinical
    • MDR1 Drug Sensitivity (MDR1)
    • Alanine Aminotransferase Activity (GPT)
  • Hormones
    • Congenital Hypothyroidism (TPO, Tenterfield Terrier Variant)
Traits

We test for the following traits:

  • Coat Color
    • E Locus (MC1R)

      The E Locus determines if and where a dog can produce dark (black or brown) hair. Dogs with two copies of the recessive e allele do not produce dark hairs at all, and will be “red” over their entire body. The shade of red, which can range from a deep copper to yellow/gold to cream, is dependent on other genetic factors including the Intensity (I) Locus, which has yet to be genetically mapped. In addition to determining if a dog can develop dark hairs at all, the E Locus can give a dog a black “mask” or “widow’s peak,” unless the dog has overriding coat color genetic factors. Dogs with one or two copies of the Em allele usually have a melanistic mask (dark facial hair as commonly seen in the German Shepherd and Pug). Dogs with no copies of Em but one or two copies of the Eg allele usually have a melanistic "widow's peak" (dark forehead hair as commonly seen in the Afghan Hound and Borzoi, where it is called either “grizzle” or “domino”).

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/masks.html

      Citations: Schmutz et al 2003,Dreger and Schmutz 2010,Ollivier et al 2017
    • K Locus (CBD103)

      The K Locus KB allele “overrides” the A Locus, meaning that it prevents the A Locus genotype from affecting coat color. For this reason, the KB allele is referred to as the “dominant black” allele. As a result, dogs with at least one KB allele will usually have solid black or brown coats (or red/cream coats if they are ee at the E Locus) regardless of their genotype at the A Locus, although several other genes could impact the dog’s coat and cause other patterns, such as white spotting. Dogs with the kyky genotype will show a coat color pattern based on the genotype they have at the A Locus.

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/black.htm

      Citations: Candille et al 2007
    • A Locus (ASIP)

      The A Locus controls switching between black and red pigment in hair cells, but it will only be expressed in dogs that are not ee at the E Locus and are kyky at the K Locus. Sable (also called “Fawn”) dogs have a mostly or entirely red coat with some interspersed black hairs. Agouti (also called “Wolf Sable”) dogs have red hairs with black tips, mostly on their head and back. Black and tan dogs are mostly black or brown with lighter patches on their cheeks, eyebrows, chest, and legs. Recessive black dogs have solid-colored black or brown coats.

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/tan.html

      Citations: Berryere et al 2005,Dreger and Schmutz 2011
    • D Locus (MLPH)

      Dogs with two copies of the d allele will have all black pigment lightened (“diluted”) to gray, or brown pigment lightened to lighter brown in their hair, skin, and sometimes eyes. There are many breed-specific names for these dilute colors, such as “blue”, “charcoal”, “fawn”, “silver”, and “Isabella”. Note that dilute dogs have a higher incidence of Color Dilution Alopecia, especially in certain breeds. Dogs with one copy of the d allele will not be dilute, but can pass the d allele on to their puppies.

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/dilutes.html

      Citations: Drogemuller et al 2007,Bauer et al 2018
    • B Locus (TYRP1)

      Dogs with two copies of the b allele produce brown pigment instead of black in both their hair and skin. Dogs with one copy of the b allele will produce black pigment, but can pass the b allele on to their puppies. E Locus ee dogs that carry two b alleles will have red or cream coats, but have brown noses, eye rims, and footpads (sometimes referred to as "Dudley Nose" in Labrador Retrievers). “Liver” or “chocolate” is the preferred color term for brown in most breeds; in the Doberman Pinscher it is referred to as “red”.

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/liver.html

      Citations: Schmutz et al 2002
    • Saddle Tan (RALY)

      The "Saddle Tan" pattern causes the black hairs to recede into a "saddle" shape on the back, leaving a tan face, legs, and belly, as a dog ages. The Saddle Tan pattern is characteristic of breeds like the Corgi, Beagle, and German Shepherd. Dogs that have the II genotype at this locus are more likely to be mostly black with tan points on the eyebrows, muzzle, and legs as commonly seen in the Doberman Pinscher and the Rottweiler. This gene modifies the A Locus at allele, so dogs that do not express at are not influenced by this gene.

      Citations: Dreger et al 2013
    • M Locus (PMEL)

      Merle coat patterning is common to several dog breeds including the Australian Shepherd, Catahoula Leopard Dog, and Shetland Sheepdog, among many others. Merle arises from an unstable SINE insertion (which we term the "M*" allele) that disrupts activity of the pigmentary gene PMEL, leading to mottled or patchy coat color. Dogs with an M*m result are likely to be phenotypically merle or could be "phantom" merle, that is, they have a merle allele that does not affect coat color. Dogs with an M*M* result are likely to be phenotypically merle or double merle. Dogs with an mm result have no merle alleles and are unlikely to have a merle coat pattern.

      Note that Embark does not currently distinguish between the recently described cryptic, atypical, atypical+, classic, and harlequin merle alleles. Our merle test only detects the presence, but not the length of the SINE insertion. We do not recommend making breeding decisions on this result alone. Please pursue further testing for allelic distinction prior to breeding decisions.

      Learn More: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/merle.html

      Citations: Clark et al 2006
  • Other Coat Traits
    • Furnishings (RSPO2)

      Dogs with one or two copies of the F allele have “furnishings”: the mustache, beard, and eyebrows characteristic of breeds like the Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, and Wire Haired Dachshund. A dog with two I alleles will not have furnishings, which is sometimes called an “improper coat” in breeds where furnishings are part of the breed standard. The mutation is a genetic insertion which we measure indirectly using a linkage test highly correlated with the insertion.

      Citations: Cadieu et al 2010
    • Coat Length (FGF5)

      The FGF5 gene is known to affect hair length in many different species, including cats, dogs, mice, and humans. In dogs, the T allele confers a long, silky haircoat as observed in the Yorkshire Terrier and the Long Haired Whippet. The ancestral G allele causes a shorter coat as seen in the Boxer or the American Staffordshire Terrier. In certain breeds (such as Corgi), the long haircoat is described as “fluff.”

      Citations: Housley & Venta 2006,Cadieu et al 2010
    • Shedding (MC5R)

      Dogs with at least one copy of the ancestral C allele, like many Labradors and German Shepherd Dogs, are heavy or seasonal shedders, while those with two copies of the T allele, including many Boxers, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas, tend to be lighter shedders. Dogs with furnished/wire-haired coats caused by RSPO2 (the furnishings gene) tend to be low shedders regardless of their genotype at this gene.

      Citations: Hayward et al 2016
    • Coat Texture (KRT71)

      Dogs with a long coat and at least one copy of the T allele have a wavy or curly coat characteristic of Poodles and Bichon Frises. Dogs with two copies of the ancestral C allele are likely to have a straight coat, but there are other factors that can cause a curly coat, for example if they at least one F allele for the Furnishings (RSPO2) gene then they are likely to have a curly coat. Dogs with short coats may carry one or two copies of the T allele but still have straight coats.

      Citations: Cadieu et al 2010
    • Hairlessness (FOXI3)

      A duplication in the FOXI3 gene causes hairlessness over most of the body as well as changes in tooth shape and number. This mutation occurs in Peruvian Inca Orchid, Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless), and Chinese Crested (other hairless breeds have different mutations). Dogs with the NDup genotype are likely to be hairless while dogs with the NN genotype are likely to have a normal coat. The DupDup genotype has never been observed, suggesting that dogs with that genotype cannot survive to birth. Please note that this is a linkage test, so it may not be as predictive as direct tests of the mutation in some lines.

      Citations: Drogemuller et al 2008
    • Hairlessness (SGK3)

      Hairlessness in the American Hairless Terrier arises from a mutation in the SGK3 gene. Dogs with the ND genotype are likely to be hairless while dogs with the NN genotype are likely to have a normal coat.

      Citations: Parker et al 2016
    • Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2 (SLC45A2)

      Dogs with two copies DD of this deletion in the SLC45A2 gene have oculocutaneous albinism type 2 (OCA2), also known as Doberman Z Factor Albinism, a recessive condition characterized by severely reduced or absent pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair. Affected dogs sometimes suffer from vision problems due to lack of eye pigment (which helps direct and absorb ambient light) and are prone to sunburn. Dogs with a single copy of the deletion ND will not be affected but can pass the mutation on to their offspring. This particular mutation can be traced back to a single white Doberman Pinscher born in 1976, and it has only been observed in dogs descended from this individual. Please note that this is a linkage test, so it may not be as predictive as direct tests of the mutation in some lines.

      Citations: Winkler et al 2014
  • Other Body Features
    • Muzzle Length (BMP3)

      Dogs in medium-length muzzle (mesocephalic) breeds like Staffordshire Terriers and Labradors, and long muzzle (dolichocephalic) breeds like Whippet and Collie have one, or more commonly two, copies of the ancestral C allele. Dogs in many short-length muzzle (brachycephalic) breeds such as the English Bulldog, Pug, and Pekingese have two copies of the derived A allele. At least five different genes affect muzzle length in dogs, with BMP3 being the only one with a known causal mutation. For example, the skull shape of some breeds, including the dolichocephalic Scottish Terrier or the brachycephalic Japanese Chin, appear to be caused by other genes. Thus, dogs may have short or long muzzles due to other genetic factors that are not yet known to science.

      Citations: Schoenbeck et al 2012
    • Tail Length (T)

      Whereas most dogs have two C alleles and a long tail, dogs with one G allele are likely to have a bobtail, which is an unusually short or absent tail. This mutation causes natural bobtail in many breeds including the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Australian Shepherd, and the Brittany Spaniel. Dogs with GG genotypes have not been observed, suggesting that dogs with the GG genotype do not survive to birth.
      Please note that this mutation does not explain every natural bobtail! While certain lineages of Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Rottweiler, Miniature Schnauzer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Parson Russell Terrier, and Dobermans are born with a natural bobtail, these breeds do not have this mutation. This suggests that other unknown genetic mutations can also lead to a natural bobtail.

      Citations: Haworth et al 2001,Hytonen et al 2009
    • Hind Dewclaws (LMBR1)

      Common in certain breeds such as the Saint Bernard, hind dewclaws are extra, nonfunctional digits located midway between a dog's paw and hock. Dogs with at least one copy of the T allele have about a 50% chance of having hind dewclaws. Note that other (currently unknown to science) mutations can also cause hind dewclaws, so some TT or TC dogs will have hind dewclaws.

      Citations: Park et al 2008
    • Blue Eye Color (ALX4)

      Embark researchers discovered this large duplication associated with blue eyes in Arctic breeds like Siberian Husky as well as tri-colored (non-merle) Australian Shepherds. Dogs with at least one copy of the duplication (Dup) are more likely to have at least one blue eye. Some dogs with the duplication may have only one blue eye (complete heterochromia) or may not have blue eyes at all; nevertheless, they can still pass the duplication and the trait to their offspring. NN dogs do not carry this duplication, but may have blue eyes due to other factors, such as merle. Please note that this is a linkage test, so it may not be as predictive as direct tests of the mutation in some lines.

      Citations: Deane-Coe et al 2018
    • Back Muscling & Bulk, Large Breed (ACSL4)

      The T allele is associated with heavy muscling along the back and trunk in characteristically "bulky" large-breed dogs including the Saint Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and Rottweiler. The “bulky” T allele is absent from leaner shaped large breed dogs like the Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, and Scottish Deerhound, which are fixed for the ancestral C allele. Note that this mutation does not seem to affect muscling in small or even mid-sized dog breeds with notable back muscling, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, and the English Bulldog.

      Citations: Plassais et al 2017
  • Body Size
    • Body Size (IGF1)

      The I allele is associated with smaller body size.

      Citations: Sutter et al 2007
    • Body Size (IGFR1)

      The A allele is associated with smaller body size.

      Citations: Hoopes et al 2012
    • Body Size (STC2)

      The A allele is associated with smaller body size.

      Citations: Rimbault et al 2013
    • Body Size (GHR - E195K)

      The A allele is associated with smaller body size.

      Citations: Rimbault et al 2013
    • Body Size (GHR - P177L)

      The T allele is associated with smaller body size.

      Citations: Rimbault et al 2013
  • Performance
    • Altitude Adaptation (EPAS1)

      This mutation causes dogs to be especially tolerant of low oxygen environments (hypoxia), such as those found at high elevations. Dogs with at least one A allele are less susceptible to "altitude sickness." This mutation was originally identified in breeds from high altitude areas such as the Tibetan Mastiff.

      Citations: Gou et al 2014
  • Genetic Diversity
    • Coefficient Of Inbreeding

      Our genetic COI measures the proportion of your dog's genome where the genes on the mother’s side are identical by descent to those on the father’s side.

    • MHC Class II - DLA DRB1

      A Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) gene, DRB1 encodes a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) protein involved in the immune response. Some studies have shown associations between certain DRB1 haplotypes and autoimmune diseases such as Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism) in certain dog breeds, but these findings have yet to be scientifically validated.

      Citations: Gershony et al 2019
    • MHC Class II - DLA DQA1 and DQB1

      DQA1 and DQB1 are two tightly linked DLA genes that code for MHC proteins involved in the immune response. A number of studies have shown correlations of DQA-DQB1 haplotypes and certain autoimmune diseases; however, these have not yet been scientifically validated.

      Citations: Angles et al 2005
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