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How we use DNA testing

A genetic health screen provides extremely detailed information that we use to improve our dog’s health, optimize breeding pairs, improve litter outcomes, and contribute to longer lifespans in our breeding lines. DNA testing is one of the most useful tools we use in all of our breeding pairs to help identify potential deleterious genetic variants that might be passed on to offspring. Genetic results are used to properly pair dogs to avoid producing at-risk puppies. Knowing whether a dog is clear or a carrier of a deleterious variant or at-risk from the variant and how to use DNA test results helps us decide how to move forward with our breeding program.

Embark Tested Labrador Retriever For Sale Northern California

Tested by Embark

Embark #1 for dog DNA testing

✓ Most accurate breed identification with over 350 breeds, types, and varieties tested

✓ Tests for over 215 health risks

✓ More than 35 trait tests

✓ Uses over twice as much genetic information to accurately determine your dog's breeds

✓ The world's only canine relative finder

✓ Developed by Dr. Adam Boyko, leading dog geneticist and professor at Cornell University

✓ Contribute to scientific discovery to help end preventable disease in dog

✓ Updates to results whenever possible

✓ Highest rated test on the market

✓ Highly specialized veterinarians and canine geneticists on-staff to answer questions


Example results for our boy Jack

Genetic Ancestry Result

Embark Tested Labrador Retriever For Sale

Captain Jack Sparrow

Labrador Retriever
100.0% Labrador Retriever

Health Summary

Good News!

jack is not at increased risk for the genetic health conditions that Emark tests.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

Additional Genetic Conditions

Clinical Tools

17 variants not detected

202 variants not detected

1 variant not detected


Breed-Relevant Conditions Tested

Breed-Relevant Conditions Tested

Jack did not have the variants that we tested for, that are relevant to his breed:

Canine Elliptocytosis (SPTB Exon 30)

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKLR Exon 7, Labrador Retriever Variant)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, prcd (PRCD Exon 1) Golden Retriever Progressive Retinal Atrophy 2, GR-PRA2 (TTC8)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, crd4/cord1 (RPGRIP1)

Achromatopsia (CNGA3 Exon 7, Labrador Retriever Variant) Macular Corneal Dystrophy, MCD (CHST6)

Hyperuricosuria and Hyperuricemia or Urolithiasis, HUU (SLC2A9)

.. Alexander Disease (GFAP)

Narcolepsy (HCRTR2 Intron 6, Labrador Retriever Variant)

Ullrich-like Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (COL6A3 Exon 10, Labrador Retriever Variant)

Centronuclear Myopathy, CNM (PTPLA) Exercise-Induced Collapse, EIC (DNM1)

Myotubular Myopathy 1, X-linked Myotubular Myopathy, XL-MTM (MTM1, Labrador Retriever Variant)

Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, CMS (COLO, Labrador Retriever Variant)

Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis, HNPK (SUV39H2)

Skeletal Dysplasia 2, SD2 (COL11A2, Labrador Retriever Variant)

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