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Canine DNA

What is DNA?
What is the cost of DNA Profiling?
How can I order kits?
How do I collect a sample?
Frozen Semen Policy
Registering Dual or Multiple Sire Litters
FAQs
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FAQs

1. Can DNA prove my dog is purebred?

    a. No. DNA can determine or verify parentage of a dog, but cannot provide proof that a dog is purebred. DNA profiling will not entitle your dog to registration privileges.
2. Why did my dog’s DNA test fail?

    a. The sample did not contain a sufficient amount of cheek cells to be tested. Carefully read the instructions enclosed with the DNA test kit and submit a new sample for testing
3. How long does it take to get DNA test results?

    a. Approximately six to eight weeks.
4. How often are samples sent to the lab?

    a. Weekly
5. Can I DNA test a deceased dog?

    Please contact UKC prior to submitting sample to lab.

    a. As long as the dog is taken to your Veterinarian’s office within a short time of passing a blood test can be taken. Please have your Veterinarian’s office complete the following steps:

      i. Once the blood is drawn it needs to be shipped overnight to:
      Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
      University of California
      Old Davis Road
      Davis, CA 95616

      Please indicate on the outside of the envelope that it contains blood.

      ii. The dog’s Name and UKC number need to be referenced inside the package.

    b. You will need to complete an Application for DNA Profiling for your dog and submit it to the UKC along with the processing fee of $100.00. Please indicate on your application that Blood was shipped directly to VGL.
6. Can I test Frozen Semen?

    Please contact UKC prior to submitting sample to lab.

    a. Frozen semen needs to be submitted at the time of artificial insemination. Please complete the following steps:

      i. Save a small bit of semen in the straw at the time of artificial insemination.

      ii. Place the straw in a re-sealable plastic bag. On the outside of the bag indicate the dog’s UKC number, name and that it contains Semen.

      iii. Ship the bag overnight to:
      Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
      University of California
      Old Davis Road
      Davis, CA 95616

      Please indicate on the outside of the envelope that it contains semen.
    b. You will need to complete an Application for DNA Profiling for your dog and submit it to the UKC along with the processing fee of $100.00. Please indicate on your application that semen was shipped directly to VGL.
7. How old does a dog have to be before it can be DNA tested?

    a. A puppy can be DNA tested at any age, as long as it can be separated from the mother for 30 minutes before testing.
8. How long does a DNA profile last?

    a. Forever, it is a permanent form of identification.
9. Does UKC accept DNA profiles from any other organization than Veterinary Genetics Laboratory?

    a. No. UKC works exclusively with Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.