Dog owners and breeders, this one is for you!
Look no further. homeDNAdirect is your trusted DNA dog parentage test provider, and we pride ourselves with offering you internationally renowned top quality services. Fast, affordable and reliable, canine parentage testing is a mighty tool that yields accurate results in days.
The Science behind DNA testing
Each puppy is born with two DNA copies, one inherited from the mother and one from the father. Scientific laboratory analysis allows us to distinguish the DNA of the sire and the dam and ascertain the true biological parents of the dog (progeny) in question.
Each dog has its own unique DNA (with the exception of identical twins), and by comparing the genetic DNA of the parents and the offspring we are able to determine whether there is a parental match.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the most commonly used biological techniques. This type of testing is used to compare allele sizes and through the use of a 16-DNA marker panel we are able to determine a genetic match.
Results and Costs
Testing your dog is pain free and non-intrusive. By using buccal swabs (cheek swabs) we are able to determine the canine DNA parental match. This method can be performed in the comfort of your own home, causing no stress to you and your dog.
Once the DNA samples have been received and results are compiled, we will send you all the information you need. Your dog DNA results are sent via email within 2-3 weeks (upon receipt of confirmation).
A detailed parentage report contains:
- An inclusion or exclusion assessment of the DNA of each sire tested
- A DNA profile summary
Results are reported in two categories:
- Parentage qualify-The inclusion of both the sire and the dam, signifying a parental match on all 16 genetic markers.
- Parentage does not qualify– When the dam and the puppy prove to be a genetic match, yet the sire does not. This means that the tested sire is not the paternal father.
Why test the mother?
Having the mother’s DNA makes testing more accurate. A sire may be falsely confirmed to be the biological father if the mother’s sample is not used. Having the mother’s sample helps the laboratory exclude her share in the genetic inheritance of the offspring. When the mother is not available, extended testing can be done to determine proper parentage.