Embark Breed Identification & Health Condition Identification DNA Test for Dogs

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  • This test uses a research-grade genotyping platform that was created with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. It screens more than 350 dog breeds, helping you find your pup’s genetic makeup.
  • Tests for over 210 genetic health risks like glaucoma, MDR1 drug sensitivity, degenerative myelopathy, and common adult-onset diseases.
  • Maps your pup’s family tree back to great grandparents and pairs your dog with similar breed mixes. Check out the profiles and photos of closely related breeds on the dashboard to see the resemblance between them and your furry friend!
  • Helps you find and connect with other canine companions that share your dog’s DNA, including close and distance relatives.
  • Embark is trusted by veterinary hospitals and partners with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Receive your results between 2-4 weeks!
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Does this test for EIC(Exercise Induced Collapse)?

Will your test show if a dog is part coyote?
Answer by ChewyJun 14, 2018
The Embark Dog DNA Test Kit tests for over 200 dog breeds, even wolf, coyote, and village dog ancestry. You can find a full list of breeds on the manufacturer's website.

Is MDR1 included in this test?
Answer by ChewyMar 01, 2018
The MDR1 Test is included.

Im looking to find out not only what breed my pup is but also if she is inbred. Will it tell me if shes inbred?
Answer by ChewySep 27, 2019
Embark also provides insights into inbreeding and genetic diversity. Inbreeding is a measure of how closely related your dog’s parents were. The higher the inbreeding coefficient, the more closely related the parents. In general, higher inbreeding coefficients are associated with increased incidence of genetically inherited conditions.

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By Dukester on May 2, 2022

Good Test For Mixed-Breed Dog Ancestry, But Be Prepared To Be Surprised

I rescued a mixed-breed terrier/shepherd blend (nothing more specific than that). Initially I wasn't going to do the DNA testing (it didn't really matter to me what the dog's background was) but then curiosity got the best of me and I performed the Dog DNA Test. The results were a little surprising, but as I did a little more research, they made sense. My dog's DNA came back 40% American Bully, 30% Pit Bull, and 30% German Shepherd (rounded percentages), so consistent with how she had been described by the shelter. My dog's habitus is more like a classic American Staffordshire (an American Bully can have both "staffy" and pit bull lineage), her eyes are definitely "pitty", and she has the muzzle and coat and ears of a German Shepherd, but is too small to be a German Shepherd. It was also good to learn that she had very little inbreeding and no dog heritable disease genes were identified. I'm about to rescue another dog where the background is no more specific than "mixed breed", and will be doing this testing on him. I've seen some of the negative reviews where the results were not as expected and therefore questioned. I would just say that, if you're going to test a mixed breed, you're not testing a purebred, and there is a difference between genotype (what the genes are) and phenotype (how those genes are physically expressed), which explains why three children from the same parents can all look very different. The genetics notwithstanding, my dog is 100% beautiful and 100% sweetheart! Overall, I considered the testing worth the investment.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Eliza on Apr 10, 2022

Im suspicious

I have a less than 20lb mutt with reddish wiry fur that looks very much like a terrier mix. Her personality matches terrier characteristics as well as she loves to dig and hunt critters. However, the breeds I was told she was a mix of were: Pit bull terrier 50% Then roughly equal parts, German shepherd, Chow chow, Chihuahua, American Eskimo dog, and Lhasa apso I’m pretty suspicious about these results. Seems pretty far off given the size, stature, personality, and characteristics of my dog vs the characteristics of the breeds listed. 50% pitbull for a 20lb wire haired dog? Seems odd. And at this high of a price tag, I wish I’d just left it as a guess as to what her breed was.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TeeJay on Apr 24, 2022

This is great

I've never used a DNA test before. Bought this from Chewy. Full easy to follow instructions included. Taking the swab was simple, our Suzy was calm, but being young she did bite on the swab but did not hurt it. Mailed it the same day, April 8. Full details and special bag included with prepaid mailing address label. Embark's lab got the package on April 11. The health results were ready on April 22 and the ancestry/breed results on April 23. Suzy is a rescue, identified as a beagle. But she also looks like a miniature version of a Treeing Walker Hound we had a few years ago. These look exactly like American Fox hounds except they are extremely sensitive scent hounds, tracking everywhere with their nose. The results: 48% American Fox Hound, 38% Beagle, and 18% Treeing Walker Hound. These fit her perfectly. Suzy is an avid tracker, tracking all over the yard, porch, covering our fenced in yard thoroughly every day. Sniffing the air from the woods around us and dashing off to where the scent is coming from. She has found deer in the night too dark to see, cats, squirrels, large millipedes in the grass. Tiny brown snakes. Probably raccoon, fox, possum scents. She tracked something across the yard one night then stood against a tree looking up. Probably a raccoon exploring the yard and going up into the tree and off into the woods. The health info is nice to know, it may help guide our vets in diagnosing a problem in her later years. I do recommend this Embark DNA Test if you are curious about your dog's breed mix and health markers. And Chewy delivered this test to us in two days FedEx without costing extra.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Faye on Apr 4, 2022

Amazing! I would recommend to anyone who has a mixed breed!

This kit arrived very quickly, was easy to use with the step by step instructions and took about 4 weeks in total for the results to come back. An alarming medical condition came up in my dogs gene pool and one of their vets contacted me personally BEFORE I even received the full health results. I can now share this with my vet and be on the look out for this condition should it develop. As for the breed results I was completely thrown off! What everyone in the family thought was a hound/husky mix turned out to be a pit Bull/beagle mix. Embark shows you the family tree all the way back to great grandparents and breaks down everything you need to know to help you make sense of the results. I love this and will be using it again the future if I get another mixed breed.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dogmom on Mar 21, 2022

What fun to discover your dog’s DNA!

We fostered and then adopted a puppy from our local shelter. No one knew anything about the parents of my 5lb puppy, but I did know he had a good heart and was going to be a great addition to our family. We’ll, eight months later my 5lb pup is now 45lbs! Our neighbors had a game of guess what breeds are in Hunter. He had markings of a shepherd, a ridgeback and a tail like a Husky. We decided to use Embark because of their great reputation and we also wanted a health report. We were shocked when our DNA report came back! Our baby has 7 different breeds in his makeup, with Shepard and Ridgeback being a low percentage! The top two being Great Pyrenees and Husky. We also learned that he will be around 70lbs. His health report was extensive! Thankfully they only found one variant which our vet can no watch for through blood tests. Embark has kept me notified every step of the way, and it only took less than 3 weeks from the day I mailed his sample until I received my report. I highly recommend Embark!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By GroomGirl on Apr 22, 2022

Great Results

I just received my dogs DNA analysis from Embark. It was a very easy process with quick and accurate results. I knew what breed her Mom was but had no idea about her Dad. I would have never guessed the correct breeds but now that I see her ancestry I can see that it is correct. I also had her health conditions checked and that was easily sent on to her Vet for future reference.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on Apr 7, 2022

Great breed and Health Info

I had no idea what breeds or possible health issues my rescue puppy might have, so the results were exciting and surprising. Plus it was a relief to get his health results which I am looking fwd to discussing with our Vet. The results arrived much quicker than anticipated, and it's fun to check out other dogs that are related to him. Highly recommended getting the Embark DNA test. Top rated, and useful information.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By breedster on Apr 27, 2022

Saught breed, not betrayal

We've always wondered what went into making my rescue dog as sweet and adorable as he is. He looks very Wheaton-doodle-esque with short legs, and just wanted to know for sure. So I made the splurge and eagerly awaited the results. Inititially I was shocked when I learned his parents were a Pit Bull and an Australian Cattle dog ... how could this little fuzzy creature be created by such divergent breeds? I looked for any type of traits -- behavorial included -- that could make sense of the information I received. Surely this well-renowned manufacturer of dog DNA testing was somewhat credible. Or were they? I started to wonder what evidence I really had that they weren't just taking our money and providing breeds. Then I received an email testimonial from a customer explaining her surprise about her dog's results, and they were the exact same breeds I was given. (But hers made much more sense upon viewing her cute pup's profile.) I truly do not care which breed he is. I just want to know I am getting the services I paid for, and I have a hard time believing his relation to the paternal and maternal breeds Embark unveiled to us. My advice - it is a waste of money. Use it on your furry friend instead - toys, treats, bones. The only parent that matters is you :)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on Apr 21, 2022

My dog was living a lie

Great product. Thorough health report with a lot of useful information. Plenty to read but the citations and additional information included help you interpret. Breed results were also VERY thorough and enlightening in my dog’s case. I appreciated the video format too, made it more of a reveal. 10/10 recommend!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Erika on Feb 27, 2022

Wow! Who knew?

I adopted a rescue pup in January of 2022 and the vets and rescue organization took their best guess at her mix. When I got the results back, she didn't have a speck of what they thought she was in her! It was fun to learn more about her family and health history and Embark even shares some of the most common traits and characteristics of each of the breeds that makes your pup uniquely him or her!! This was a fabulous company to work with too. They were warm, caring, kept me updated via emails when they received her sample, when they were processing it and when it was ready. The turnaround was fast and I would highly recommend Embark to anyone who is curious about the history of their precious fur baby!