Informational Release: Understanding Embark DNA Test Results for Purebred Dogs

We recognize that receiving a mixed breed result for a known purebred dog via the Embark for Breeders DNA test can be both surprising and concerning for dog owners. It’s essential to delve deeper into these results and understand their implications and limitations.

Why might a purebred dog get a mixed breed result?

When Embark tests a dog’s DNA, they use a reference panel to determine the breed. This panel consists of dogs registered as purebred for a specific breed. However, it’s crucial to understand that Embark’s reference database doesn’t encompass every single dog of every breed.

There are various scenarios in which a registered purebred might not perfectly align with the genetic signature of the reference panel:

1.     Historical Breeding Practices: The dog might have an ancestor from a closely related breed, which was incorporated into the lineage before the official closing of the breed’s studbook. Such occurrences can be generations back and might not be immediately apparent in recent pedigree documentation.

2.     Geographical Bloodline Differences: Dogs coming from bloodlines far removed from the reference panel’s primary geographic area might possess distinct genetic markers not present in Embark’s current reference database.

What does this mean for your dog’s registration?

These test results do not challenge or negate your dog’s registered purebred status or its standing with any registry. Interestingly, dogs with unique genetic signatures—those not commonly found in the breed—can be invaluable assets when looking to uphold or enhance genetic diversity within the breed.

About ASCA DNA Profiling:

Paw Print Genetics is the exclusive provider of DNA results for ASCA.

ASCA DNA profiling focuses solely on parentage verification and establishing a dog’s genetic identity. It doesn’t give insights into genetic health, physical appearance, performance capabilities, or coat color. While DNA profiling can confirm parentage and ascertain genetic identity, it does not have the capability to determine breed or detect unintended crossbreeding.

For any further questions or concerns regarding DNA testing or the results, please reach out to our partners at Paw Print Genetics at