Embark Dog DNA test
Embark Dog DNA Test
Why Your Embark Dog Needs DNA Test
There are a number of reasons to DNA-test your dog. The most common reason is that you’ve adopted an animal of mysterious ancestry.
In order to train the dog, it is important to know what breed/breeds he may be. In order to know what kinds of exercise activities work best for certain individuals, a canine DNA test can prove informative.
You may wish to know what the size of the pup you adopted may be upon adulthood, as well, and plan for that.
For the pet owner, mail-in genetic kits can cost from $60-90. If a veterinary office does a blood test to determine ancestry, the cost will be around $150. Mars Veterinary’s Wisdom Panel Professional is available through veterinarians.
Dogs of known ancestry may inherit genetic disorders that manifest themselves upon adulthood. Breeds susceptible to epilepsy are an example. Cocker Spaniels and Dachshunds are prone to epilepsy through hyperexcitable neurons in the brain. If you own such a dog and desire breeding, the ancestry must be known for a healthy litter.
For mixed-ancestry canines, this testing may not work so well. The veterinary geneticist from UPenn, Dr. Margaret Casal, suggests that a dog exhibiting mostly one breed of genetics may inherit abnormalities from the minor breed components.
As it stands, defining the dog is not without difficulty. Dogs that are extremely different in appearance may have similar genetics. Weirdly, portions of the DNA fingerprint of Chihuahuas and some Mastiff breeds are similar.Sometimes breed combinations will result in dogs that look entirely similar to another breed. Within Golden Retrievers, for example, the yellow hair coat is dominant. But, if a Golden Retriever is bred to another dog without a gene for long, yellow hair, the dog may be short-haired and black, like a Labrador Retriever. Anomalies add up to surprises when a dog is tested.
Breed-specific DNA testing is often inconsistent, as well. Wisdom Panel, a genetic testing service, claims a ten percent possibility of error on breed identification.
Dog breed identification tests may present a scientific aura to the ordinary consumer. But, as reviews indicate, they should not be confused with highly accurate genetic testing for medical diagnosis.
- The tests are not legally sound. That means there is no guarantee that the DNA sample you receive information on actually came from the dog sample you submitted.
- Testing a mixed-breed ancestry is often a mixed bag in every sense. The science of the test might be like investigating a cake that is already baked – a little of this, a pinch of that and maybe this, according to Dr. Gerald Bell.
However, he reports,”For the consumer, it is probably more important that they are happy with the results than their exactness.”Dr. Angela Hughes states that “Genetic testing is a significant improvement over visual identification.”
Dr. Hughes claims DNA testing is far more accurate than simply viewing the animal.Breed testing has an important place in canine health and behaviors. Health issues can sometimes be known in advance and preparations can be made.
However, Dr. Laurie Bergman maintains that, “More important than a breed test in successfully training any dog is understanding positive reinforcement training… Find what motivates your dog (which may or may not be shaped by breed) and use that to reward the dog.”