Canine geneticists and veterinarians are unanimous that inbreeding, and consequently a too uniform gene pool, is a tangible risk for the health of a dog breed. Whilst dog breeding aims at reproducing in a breed genes that are associated with the breed standard and desired traits, it often accidentally enriches also genes associated with undesired inherited diseases and disorders. Therefore, for each and every breed, measuring and monitoring of genetic diversity needs to go hand in hand with the genetic disease testing.
On this page, you will find the introduction to MyDogDNA test content divided in following sections: DNA Identification Profile, Disorders, Traits, and Genetic Diversity and Relationships. Click on the headlines and read more about what's included in each section. See the exact genetic markers used for DNA profiling according to different standards, full lists of the tested disorders and traits, and also the visualized information on genetic diversity and relationships, measured from over 7000 markers covering each of the 39 chromosome pairs in the dog genome.
MyDogDNA provides the most comprehensive genomic analysis of your dog in the market. See below what’s included in the MyDogDNA PASS as well as samples of the reports offered for your breed in the MyDogDNA database
DNA Identification Profile
Each dog has a unique genetic "DNA fingerprint", which consists of the genetic material inherited from the parents. The DNA profile can be used, for example, for dog identification. Dog's DNA variation can also be compared to its assumed parents' DNA to determine its parentage.
With MyDogDNA, you will get a DNA identification profile for your dog, including internationally approved markers. You can choose with which standard you want to have for your dog identified: ISAG (International Society for Animal Genetics) or AKC (American Kennel Club). The markers for each standard have been listed below.
Known disorders in the breed
The disorders listed below have been scientifically established in the selected breed. Genetic research continuously identifies new mutations underlying inherited disorders. Most of the currently known mutations can still be considered breed-specific, while others are more ancient and widespread across breeds. Please note that mutations in the "Pharmacogenetics" category have not necessarily yet been encountered in the selected breed. They are shown here because they may be of immediate relevance for the dog's medical treatment if present.
There aren’t currently any single-gene disease tests for your breed in the MyDogDNA Test List.