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An Embark for Breeders dog DNA test kit provides insights on a dog’s health and traits, including coat color & body size. All-inclusive genetic health testing relevant to your breed. Genetic inbreeding coefficient and results for nearly all genetic mutation tests recommended by national breed clubs included in every kit. Our test results are accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for all conditions where OFA has an established DNA registry.
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Want to know what health conditions we test for? Search our database by breed or health condition using the fields below. Each health condition is included in your dog's results, all we need is a simple cheek swab.
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)
- 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 )
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Malignant Hyperthermia (RYR1)
- Hypocatalasia, Acatalasemia (CAT)
- Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (PDP1)
- 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)
- 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)
- Episodic Falling Syndrome (BCAN)
- Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CHAT)
- Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (COLQ)
- Persistent Mullerian Duct Syndrome (AMHR2)
- Autosomal Recessive Amelogenesis Imperfecta (Italian Greyhound Variant)
- Long QT Syndrome (KCNQ1)
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy (PDK4)
- MDR1 Drug Sensitivity (MDR1)
- Alanine Aminotransferase Activity (GPT)
- Congenital Hypothyroidism (TPO, Tenterfield Terrier Variant)
We test for the following traits:
E Locus (Mask, Grizzle, Recessive Red)
Controls the characteristic melanistic mask seen in the German Shepherd and Pug as well as the grizzled "widow's peak" of the Afghan and Borzoi. Melanistic mask (Em) is dominant to grizzle (Eg) which is dominant to black (E) and red (e). Dogs that are EE or Ee are able to produce normal black pigment, but its distribution will be dependent on the genotypes at the K and A Loci. Dogs that are ee will be a shade of red or cream regardless of their genotype at K and A. The shade of red, which can range from a deep copper like the Irish Setter to the near-white of some Golden Retrievers, is dependent on other genetic factors including the Intensity (I) Locus, which has yet to be genetically mapped.
Want to help us map I Locus? If you haven't already, complete your ee pup's Embark profile with a photo! Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words!
K Locus (Dominant Black)
Causes a dominant black coat. Dogs with a dominant KB allele have black coats regardless of their genotype at the A locus; the coat color of dogs homozygous for the recessive ky allele are controlled by A locus. Alleles: KB > ky
A Locus (Agouti, Sable)
Determines whether hair pigment is produced in a banded red and black pattern or solid black. Fawn or sable (ay) is dominant to wolf sable (aw) which is dominant to black-and-tan (at), which is in turn dominant to recessive black (a).
D Locus (Dilute, Blue, Fawn)
Lightens a black coat to blue and a red coat to buff. A dilute phenotype requires two copies of the recessive d allele.
B Locus (Brown, Chocolate, Liver, Red)
Lightens a black coat to brown, chocolate or liver. The brown phenotype requires two copies of the recessive b allele. Red or cream dogs that carry two b alleles remain red or cream but have brown noses and footpads.
Other Coat Traits
Furnishings / Improper Coat (RSPO2)
Confers the distinguished moustache, beard, and eyebrows characteristic of breeds like the Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, and Wire Haired Dachshund; only one copy of the dominant F allele is required for furnishings. The FI genotype is furnished but carries one allele for no furnishings, or improper coat. A dog with two I alleles has improper coat. The mutation is a 167-bp insertion which we measure indirectly using linked markers highly correlated with the insertion.
Long Haircoat (FGF5)
The FGF5 gene is known to affect hair length in many different species, including cats, dogs, mice, and humans! 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.
Affects shedding propensity in non-wire-haired dogs. Dogs with the ancestral C allele, like many Labradors and German Shepherd Dogs, are heavy or seasonal shedders, while those with one or more T allele, including many Boxers, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas, tend to be low shedders. Dogs with furnished/wire-haired coats tend to be low shedders regardless of their MC5R genotype.
Curly Coat (KRT71)
Causes the curly coat characteristic of Poodles and Bichons Frises. Dogs need at least one copy of the "T" allele to have a wavy or curly coat; the ancestral "C" allele is associated with a straight coat.
Other Body Features
Affects skull size and shape. Many brachycephalic or "smushed face” breeds such as the English Bulldog, Pug, and Pekingese have two copies of the derived A allele. Mesocephalic (Staffordshire Terrier, Labrador) and dolichocephalic (Whippet, Collie) dogs have one, or more commonly two, copies of the ancestral C allele. At least five different genes affect snout 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.
Natural Bobtail (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 the GG genotype results in embryonic lethality.
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. If your dog does not have a CG genotype but was born with a bobtail, please email us at email@example.com!
Hind Dewclaws (LMBR1)
Common in certain breeds, hind dewclaws are extra, nonfunctional digits located midway between your dog's paw and hock. Dogs with at least one copy of the T allele have about a 50% of chance of having hind dewclaws.
Body Size - IGF1
The "I" allele is associated with smaller size.
Body Size - IGF1R
The "A" allele is associated with smaller size.
Body Size - STC2
The "A" allele is associated with smaller size.
Body Size - GHR (E195K)
The "A" allele is associated with smaller size.
Body Size - GHR (P177L)
The "T" allele is associated with smaller size.
Altitude Adaptation (EPAS1)
Confers hypoxia tolerance. Dogs with at least one A allele are more tolerant of high altitude environments. This mutation was originally identified in breeds from high altitude areas such as the Tibetan Mastiff.
Measures the proportion of the 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 Cushing's disease, but these findings have yet to be scientifically validated.
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.
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