experience with embark testing - Page 3

Pedigree Database


by AjuaqShowDogs on 24 January 2021 - 20:01

I work with two different breeders who use Embark, and have worked closely with them on getting tests clarified for rarer breeds. They BOTH have told me that Embark double checks ALL of their tests before sending out results. If anyone gets results they question they can contact Embark easily.
That said, Paw Print does more specific breed testing, IF you have a breed that is common enough to have tests. One of my breeds does, the other does not. Paw Print also tends to be more expensive, although they do run "specials" almost all the time.
Personally, I am still trying to decide which direction to go. Plus, there is a third option, Wisdom Health, that also works with breeders, as well as with Cornell University (I think--don't have my papers in front of me), and a university in my rarer breed's originating country.
So, do your research and see which company has a larger, better, or more specific database for your breed. One day the companies might all share info and tests, etc., but for the time being you just have to flip a coin, or decide which one you can afford.

Baerenfangs Erbe

by Baerenfangs Erbe on 25 January 2021 - 12:01

@Ajuaq, the reason I started going with embark is because of the breeder tool and genetic COI that it provides. I love Pawprint but the genetic COI is so useful for making decisions.

Baerenfangs Erbe

by Baerenfangs Erbe on 25 January 2021 - 12:01

Also, OFA DOES accept Embark results now. Just saying.....

by jillmissal on 15 March 2021 - 13:03

OFA DOES accept Embark results now.

Only for certain tests (which it accepts from a number of labs, see here). If someone displayed Embark results for say DM, would I take it as gospel? no. There's no verifying where the sample came from. And, again, too many inexplicable results coming out of Embark to trust it.

If you want to test for DM and other diseases, just do the OFA procedure, IMO, and have your vet witness the sample collection if you want verification. There's nothing special about Embark other than the marketing.



by Kimmelot on 07 April 2021 - 12:04

Genetic testing of 'guess the breed' is not actually reliable for anything except finding : The possible genetic defects a dog carries, and the possible color of the dog and what colors it carries for, hair coat etc.. Their guess the breed is for entertainment purposes- not like Parental DNA matching.. Take it with a grain of salt. I've seen some really ridiculous guess', it can also change as more dogs are tested.. Embark I believe has a constantly changing online profile for your dog if your guessing the breed.

This same thing happens with people trying to find their Genetic background.. Even twins can have very different background percentages and not even the same country of origin. lol They are testing an individuals genetics against what they believe to come from a region.. Just consider it entertainment.. not 100% factual.


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