DNA testing...There IS a difference!
AKC DNA Profiling is for parentage verification purposes only. Most breeders claim to DNA test, leading you to believe it's for the health of the puppies. Reality is they are DNA profile testing because AKC requires it for a frequently used stud. It does not provide information regarding genetic health, conformation, performance ability, coat color, etc. AKC DNA isn't even a breed identification test. It ONLY confirms parentage if the sire and dam also have DNA on file.
DNA GENETIC TESTING is a reliable way of determining a dog’s genotype and screening for possible genetic disorders. Many of these disorders are recessive, meaning that a dog can be a carrier of a potentially devastating disease and not show any signs. Testing for disease-causing genes allows the breeder to avoid breeding dogs that could result in puppies affected with known genetic mutations.
We DNA test using the full Embark panel, which includes common genetic issues in Labrador Retrievers. The DNA test looks specifically for recessive genes that affected dogs inherit from healthy-looking parents who had, somewhere in their pedigree, a sire or dam that has passed down the problematic recessive gene. You can't look at a dog and tell if it has mutated genes.
For the first 7 years we DNA health tested all of our dogs through Paw Print Genetics. In 2019 we switched to Embark Veterinary as they offer much more extensive testing options. To view each dog's results, please go to their profile and click on "Embark."
Note: These tests are NOT a guarantee you will never have other health issues with your dog. There are an unending number of health issues that could affect your puppy over the course of its life. No other health guarantee is expressed or implied.
Check out the following videos to understand the importance of DNA testing.
How DNA issues occur? Watch the video
What is EIC? Watch the video
What is CNM? Watch the video
What causes Hip Dysplasia? Watch the video
More health testing IS necessary!
Along with genetic testing, there is more health testing that needs to be completed.
OFA scores of "Fair", "Good" or "Excellent" or PennHIP scores at or below breed average.
OFA CERF Normal
OFA Cardiac Normal
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