DNA Test Reveals Breed Mix
Cass, the marvellous mutt pictured above, and her person, Gabrielle Khan-Chiossone, were the winners of an Embark DNA testing kit (our Facebook Friday Freebies are AWESOME). Gabrielle provided a cheek swab from her dog Cass and we all sat back and eagerly awaited the results. Not only does the Embark DNA test indicate any genetic predispositions to certain diseases, letting you know if your dog is at risk, a carrier or clear, but it reveals the breeds that make up your dog's unique mix! Without further ado, Cass is….
Miniature Schnauzer we can totally see but Pinscher—what an interesting surprise! And what is "Supermutt," you ask? Some dogs descend from other dogs that were themselves mixed breed. These other dogs can give small contributions to the ancestry of your dog, so small that they are no longer recognizable as any one particular breed. Embark calls this portion “Supermutt." We like to think it confers super powers. Interested in getting your dog tested? It costs $199 at embarkvet.com.
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With a single cheek swab, Embark DNA testing kits:
• Provide advanced and accurate breed, disease, trait, and ancestry information
• Test for over 160 canine genetic diseases including MDR1, degenerative myelopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, PRA blindness, and exercise-induced collapse
• Are certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and partnered with Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine