This DNA Test Will Tell You More Than Just Your Dog’s Breed: It Could Extend Their Life

This post is not sponsored. However, the good humans at Embark worked with us to satisfy our curiosity about our office pups, and kindly donated 3 kits for us to try.

We’ve written about Ryan and Adam Boyko’s Embark DNA Test before, but as we like to say, don’t bark the bark unless you can walk the walk.


So in the interest of science (and also because we REALLY wanted to know) we had 3 of our employees have their dogs take the test. These rescue pups have been a subject of constant debate among the BARK humans (there may or may not have been several office pools going on about them). The mystery mutts were:

Tucker, a.k.a. the beautiful maybe retriever, maybe not

Jax, the most adorable mix of who knows on the planet

Tonks, has GSD in her somewhere, rest unknown

When we got the results back, everyone was surprised, especially by little Jax (many wagered he would have Dachshund in him–many wagered wrong).


Not only did they give breed and lineage, the test broke down matrilineal source (a.k.a where your dog’s ancestors originated), what genes they had that determined their fur, eye color, size and most importantly, any genetic flags regarding future health issues.


Of all three pups, Tonks seemed to have the best genes health-wise, having no indicators of active or recessive diseases or conditions.


Embark is constantly updating its database to reflect new genetic information, both breed and health-wise. In fact, the startup aims to use its information to research causes in dog and human health problems, since both pups and their people have similarities when it comes to the development of genetic diseases.

The full DNA test kit is available via the site at $199, and though it is a steeper price than other tests on the market, no other test is as comprehensive–or at the very least, is the only one to posses the ability to help you extend your pup’s life. Additionally, if your dog is potentially a breed Embark hasn’t had a chance to collect a lot of genetic data on yet, they sometimes send a kit at discount.

For more info on Embark, check out the video below:

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