Who's your pup's daddy? Find out with this dog DNA test kit—it's $30 off

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Prepare to tell your pup all about his past. (Photo: Getty Images)
Prepare to tell your pup all about his past. (Photo: Getty Images)

All pet parents can agree: We love our dogs more than most humans. While we may not know every single detail about our furry friends, the Embark Dog DNA Test kit can help—and it's on sale for $169 (was $199) at Amazon.

Here’s how it works

Embark Dog DNA Test is really easy to use and safe for you and your dog. If you can get Rufus to sit still long enough, you can test ancestry, breed and relatives with a cheek swab. And don’t worry, shipping your dog’s DNA sample to Embark is free, while test results arrive to your email box within three weeks for a speedy turnaround.

“From the day Embark received the DNA swab, it took 11 days to see the results. I adopted a puppy from a local shelter. They said she was a Retriever mix, but she had Pit Bull wrinkles between her eyes and not a regular pit bull face,” writes a delighted five-star reviewer. “After researching, I went with this doggie DNA test and I truly think it's the most accurate out there. I learned my ‘Labrador retriever mix’ is actually a Pit Bull, German Shepard, Boxer, Dachshund, Chow Chow, and Australian cattle dog mix.”

Get $30 off the Embark Dog DNA Test Kit. (Photo: Embark)
Get $30 off the Embark Dog DNA Test Kit. (Photo: Embark)

Breeds aplenty

Embark (get it?) tests for over 350 dog breeds including wolf, coyote and village dog ancestry, thanks to a partnership with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. It also helps trace your pup's family tree back to great grandparents and connects you to other relatives that share similar DNA.

“It was super easy to use, came really fast and the instructions were really easy,” adds another satisfied shopper. “My puppy didn't mind it, didn't hurt her at all, just a cheek swab and you're done! The results came in less than a month, which is awesome.”

Health screening

Embark also tests for more than 175 genetic diseases including MDR1 drug sensitivity, glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy, some of the most common adult-onset diseases in dogs.

“When the genetic portion came back with [my dog] testing positive for a scary sounding condition, the Embark geneticists sent a personalized email before releasing the results, letting me know things weren't as bad as they sounded, and explaining further about the condition (including the breed of dog that it typically causes the most issues with),” says a reviewer. “Had I just opened my results and seen this condition I would have PANICKED!! However knowing more about it allowed me to not panic, and I let my vet know so we could keep an eye on her as she gets older.”

Bottom line

Don’t bark up the wrong tree—Embark is a top-rated dog DNA testing kit with over 1,900 shoppers giving it a 4.7 out of five-star review rating at Amazon. It’s quick and easy, while it can offer valuable information about your dog.

“Our experience with Embark was awesome” shares a five-star Amazon reviewer. “The product is easy-to-use and just about foolproof! Results came quickly, and the company will touch base about where they are in the process, so it’s not like you send your dog’s specimen off into a black hole and wait weeks before hearing anything. The reporting you get with the basic test is far more robust than I originally thought.”

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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