Embark Dog DNA Test Review (And Giveaway!)

The Embark dog DNA test looks for more than 175 breeds and screens for over 160 genetic health conditions.

The company sent a free test for my mutt Ace, and it is also giving away a FREE Embark dog DNA test to one reader of That Mutt ($199 value).

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post guessing Ace’s breed mix. Click here.

I will choose a winner at random on Tues Nov. 14. I will also update this post at that time with the breeds Embark identified in Ace’s family tree. Update: This giveaway has ended.

This post is sponsored by Embark Veterinary, Inc.

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The Embark dog DNA test is simple to use and comes with clear instructions. You just swab your dog’s cheek, seal the sample and mail it back to Embark in the pre-paid return package provided.

The results are available within roughly 6 to 8 weeks or less.

Embark dog DNA test review

Most mutt owners are curious what breeds are in their dogs’ family trees. The Embark dog DNA test is able to test for over 175 breeds – and even wolf, coyote, dingo and village dog ancestry.

Together, these breeds cover over 98% of dogs in America, according to Embark. It tests for the breeds in your dog’s family tree going back to his great grandparents.

Click here to order a kit.

Use code GIFTEMBARK for $20 off.

My mutt Ace’s breed results were fun to read (more on that below). The results were surprising, but I can see the characteristics of each breed in Ace.

Embark dog DNA test review

Embark also tests for more than 160 genetic health conditions for mutts and purebred dogs. This could reveal if your dog is predisposed to anything before symptoms occur. Obviously some dog owners would want to know this information and others might prefer not to know. So keep that in mind before you decide to do this test.

Some examples of health conditions Embark tests for:

  • Congenital hypothyroidism
  • Exercise-Induced Collapse
  • Multidrug Sensitivity

Thankfully Ace did not have any of the genetic health conditions but the test showed he is a carrier of a skin disorder called Ichthyosis. This means he won’t show symptoms but could pass it to his puppies (not happening as Ace was neutered a decade ago!).

For more information on the science behind Embark, the company has a lot of helpful info on its site HERE.

Once you send in your dog’s sample, Embark extracts your dog’s DNA and runs it on a custom-built genetics “chip,” according to its website. Embark’s test chip screens for over 200,000 genetic markers, using more genetic information than any other dog DNA test on the market.

What is the cost of an Embark dog DNA test?

The cost for a kit is $199. Use code GIFTEMBARK for $20 off.

Order a DNA kit HERE.

There are discounts if you want to order kits for multiple dogs.

My mutt Ace’s results with the Embark dog DNA test

Embark mixed breed dog DNA test

I’ll update this post to announce Ace’s full breed mix results on Nov. 14. Leave your guesses in the comments for a chance to win a dog DNA test for your dog. Click here.

Ace’s mixed breeds:

The kit identified 5 breeds for Ace.

Breed #1: 62.3% Labrador. No surprise there. Ace has Labrador on both his maternal and paternal side. I think anyone could’ve told ya that!

Breed #2: 23% German shorthaired pointer. This did not surprise me either. I’ve always thought he looked like a pointer, especially in his younger years.

Breed #3: 5.5% Golden retriever

Breed #4: 4.7% Chesapeake Bay retriever

Breed #5: 4.5% Irish setter (total surprise)

All five of Ace’s breeds are from the AKC Sporting Dog Group. Embark did not detect any hounds in Ace’s heritage.

Where do you think he gets the droopy eyes, droopy jowls and all the drool? The Chesapeake? Or do you still think there’s a bit of hound in there somewhere? Who knows …

Ace’s potential “family tree”

Here’s what Embark had for Ace’s results and his potential family tree:

Pros of the Embark dog DNA test:

  • Tests for 175 breeds, including wolf, coyote, dingo and village dog ancestry
  • Tests for more than 160 genetic health conditions (helpful for purebred dogs and mutts)
  • Discounts for multiple dogs
  • Easy to send in a sample (no blood test or vet visit needed)
  • Nice user friendly website

Cons of the dog DNA test:

  • $199 is not cheap for most of us – Use code GIFTEMBARK for $20 off. Click here.
  • Embark can’t provide medical diagnoses
  • Takes about 8 weeks to get results once you mail your dog’s sample
  • You have to log in and create an account on Embark’s website before sending in your dog’s sample
  • Some dog owners might prefer not to know about their dog’s potential health problems

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What’s unique about Embark’s dog DNA test?

Embark’s test is the only dog DNA test that provides you results for over 160 genetic health conditions, according to its website.

It also uses 20 times as much genetic information as other tests, according to the company. This allows Embark to provide the most accurate breed identification scientifically possible at this time.

Embark dog DNA test

I would recommend the Embark dog DNA test for …

I recommend this kit for people who are curious about knowing their mutt’s potential heritage. If you’ve recently adopted a young or middle-aged dog, the kit can be helpful for predicting potential genetic health problems that might come up.

The kit would be a great gift for anyone who has a mixed breed dog. Most mutt owners are curious what breeds their mutts really are.

Order an Embark dog DNA test HERE.

Giveaway! Win an Embark dog DNA test

Embark is giving away one FREE mixed-breed dog DNA test to one reader of That Mutt! ($199 value)

Update: Congrats to the winner, Lainey!

To enter:

Just leave a comment guessing Ace’s breed mix.

I’ll choose a winner at RANDOM on Tuesday Nov. 14 and announce the winner here and by email. If the winner would like, I’ll also feature their mutt on Facebook so my readers can guess their dog’s breeds.

Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

That Mutt’s $7/mo Patreon members receive automatic entries into all giveaways. Join us on patreon here.

Do you have a mixed-breed dog? Would you like to win this kit?

Let me know in the comments!

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133 thoughts on “Embark Dog DNA Test Review (And Giveaway!)”

  1. Christina Clark

    Maybe English Setter or Pointer? FTR, Black Lab mixes are the best…we’ve had 4 of them over the last 15 years and they make great family pets although each of them is unique for sure. We’d love to know the heritage of our current fur kids, Bocephus (best guess: Lab, Bloodhound & Dane) and Eleanor (best guess: Lab, Hound, & ??) Thanks!

  2. I think Ace might have great dane or maybe German Shepherd. We’re dying to know what’s ashes mixed with because she has such crazy ears.

  3. I’m guessing Chesapeake Bay Retriever, English Setter and Golden Retriever. We just adopted a 1 1/2 year old treeing walker coonhound mix but he doesn’t howl like my treeing walker coonhound pup so I’d love to see what he’s mixed with!

    1. We rescue and just did our first kit test!! (very excited for details to come). We’re taking bets at home to see who has the best doggie sense, hehe

  4. Love the pic of Ace. I’m sorta surprised about the Irish Setter one. My guesses are: German Shepherd, Pointer, Dachshund. Figures there must be a smaller breed in the mix somewhere. Fun post. Fun giveaway. Thank you.

  5. I’ll guess Chesapeake Bay retriever, Weimaraner, and German shorthair pointer since you said all sporting dogs. I had one of my dogs DNA done and was surprised to find he had English squatty bulldog. He’s not small at all. I’d love to see what my girl is mixed with.

  6. In addition to Lab and Irish Setter (wouldn’t have guessed that), I think Ace is part Afghan, Great Dane, and Coonhound. I’d love to find out what my Pug mix (?) is, especially since he is starting to have back and hip issues. I think he might be part Dachshund.

  7. I love his spotted paws 🙂 here are my guesses:

    German short haired pointer
    Golden retriever

    I hope I’m close, haha 😀

  8. Well lab is a given I also think great Dane or grey hound. German short hair, and of course irsh setter. I would love to know my little old man’s mix the humane society told us a miniature cocker spaniel.

  9. I’m guessing Ace is:
    German Wirehaired Pointer

    We adopted a mixed breed rescue dog and my family has had many conversations on what each of us thinks she is. This kit would solve the mystery!

  10. Ace resembles a dog i had years ago. Boone was a mix of Great Dane, Shepherd and St. Bernard. If i had a pic i’d post it because they look so similer

  11. Mary Alice Kropp

    I’m going to guess Ace has a pointer of some sort in his background. Possibly German short-haired pointer. Also possibly Golden retriever and Vizsla.

  12. Mia Covarrubias

    Great dane

    My guesses are completely off! That’s okay, can’t wait to find out what he’s mixed with!

  13. Candice R Warrington

    My guess Lindsay is that Ace is Lab and heeler possibly. Maybe Shepherd.
    Love the thought of finding out if Gus really is a Pittie.


  14. LizaJane Johnston

    With Ace’s handsome face I think he’s Lab, Great Dane, some spaniel and maybe some Irish Setter since he has a bit more than a lab coat. From his results I’m glad I was a little right about the Irish Setter. Can’t wait for the full results. Also hope we when since Colby’s mom was a stray dog

  15. Hmmmm, #4 was hard for me to guess, but this is my best guess.

    Breed #1: 62.3% Labrador.
    Breed #2: 23% __Great Dane___
    Breed #3: 5.5% __American Staffordshire Terrier__
    Breed #4: 4.7% __Bluetick Coonhound__
    Breed #5: 4.5% Irish setter

  16. Blood hound
    Labrador retriever
    I’m no good at guessing! My dog is a mutt and has the features of a lab and a rednose. I would love to know her make up!!

  17. Weimeriner
    Flat coated retriever

    I would absolutely love to win this kit! I have 2 year old rescue that I want to have tested!

  18. Letitia Rickards

    As you say, Ace is obviously Lab, but I think Great Dane is a possible runner up. Our “lab/boxer” rescue, estimated to be 70lbs, even by the Vet, clearly is not, lol. She is a little (25 lbs) pit. Maybe some basenji, as she certainly exhibits characteristics of that breed. But she is mostly just her unique self. Aren’t dogs fun?

  19. English Setter, Pointer, and a Welsh Springer Spaniel.

    I’ve always wanted to do one of these with our girl Ashes 🙂 People always ask us if she’s pure bred or what she is mixed with, and we just shrug and say “She’s a rescue, who knows! She’s mostly just pure awesome :D”

  20. Treeing walker coonhound lab cross
    We think. We know the mom is at least part treeing walker coonhound and think the dad was a black lab

  21. Wiemaraner
    And Chessie

    Would love to know what my Blue is. He’s the best dog I’ve ever owned and he came from the pound with no records whatsoever. There have been a lot of guesses though haha

  22. Carol Bruce-blood

    I think your dog is Great Dane and Labrador Retriever. I would love to know my dog’s breed. He’s a sweet handsome boy!

  23. Carol Bruce-Blood

    I think your dog looks like Great Dane and Labrador Retriever. I would love to find out what mine is. He’s a sweet handsome boy.

  24. O Wow Im certainly unsure, but he looks like he is a great love! I also have a 1 year old new dog and would love to find out what he is. We rescued him from Puerto Rico while vacationing last year!

  25. My guesses in no particular order: Pointer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Gordon setter.

    I wanted to say that Ace has Great Dane in him. I really see that. Your clue was that they are all Sporting group so I’m wrong. That sure is what I see when I look at the pictures though. One of my best friend has Danes and I’ve fallen in love with the breed through her dogs. Unfortunately, I don’t have the space for that big a dog. It also breaks my heart that they have a rather short lifespan.

    I’ve got a little mix that I’d love to know the components that makes him up.

    Thanks for the blog, the giveaway and the guessing game!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I know I always thought he looked like a great dane too, especially when he was younger. Whenever I see a purebred black great dane they look so much like Ace. This particular DNA test did not show great dane.

  26. I always thought Lady was a mix of a cocker spaniel and something else and had been curious! I am terrible at guessing but for Ace I’d say — Weimaraner, Great Dane (that picture he has a Great Dane look to him!) and coonhound. Fingers crossed and thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Haha whoops didn’t see that you’d already posted one breed! I will say hound and either Weimaraner or Great Dane then 🙂

    1. No hound or Great Dane either! I really need to read properly! I’m gonna guess Weimaraner, Pointer and some other kind of retriever then, possibly flat coat.

  28. Breed 2 Golden Retriever
    Breed 3 german short haired pointer
    Breed 3 is American cocker spaniel

    I have a purebred AKC boxer and a Mutt. My Mutt is named Piper and I would love to win this test to determine her health and breeds

  29. Stephanie serafino

    Not really sure.
    Retriever,spaniel and pointer?. Always wondered what my rescues breed is but my husband dont want to spend the money!! Lol would love to have an answer when people ask me what she is. Haha

  30. I’ve had my dog for ten years and I’ve never known what he is. It matters to me as a dog mom because I’d love to have an idea of where he came from or what his parents looked like. So I’m glad these kinds of tests exist. Anyway, I’m so bad at guessing these things but here goes nothing:
    Short-haired pointer and retriever. Maybe a bit of Weimaraner?

  31. Since the results are in I don’t need to guess but I just wanted to say that I also got my Dakotah’s DNA checked. Well, actually my wife did. She did ours through Wisdom Panel. They claim a large database of more than 12,000 samples with which to check.

    My wife sent it in to see if he had wolf in him. So many people had remarked how he looks like a wolf and I have even had some children ask to pet my wolf.

    The results… no wolf -but- a true designer dog. Fifty percent GSD and fifty percent Husky for 3 generations back. They also screen for Multi-Drug Resistance 1 gene and Exercise-induced Collapse and some other things that you can read about on their wen page IF you are interested.

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