Dog Parentage Verification
This test confirms the parentage of a litter.
How can I be Certain of my Recent Litter’s Dog Parentage?
Do you have doubts about the parentage of a recent litter? Is it possible you may have a multiple-sired litter? Would you like to offer your purchasers DNA-certified pedigrees? Parentage for dogs can be definitively established using PCR technology to compare allele sizes. Not sure this is the right test for you? Contact us for a free consultation.
Two Options for Dog DNA Collection
1. Want us to send you a kit? Choose Mail Collection Kit at checkout
2. Don't want to wait for a kit? Choose DIY Collection Kit at checkout
Name: Dog Parentage
Cost: $38 + S&H per Dog
DNA Samples: Collected at Home Using Cheek Swabs
Results: 10 Business Days after Receipt of Samples
Dog-parentage testing is fast, affordable, and accurate.
DDC uses a 16-DNA marker panel for routine parentage testing and keeps an additional 12 markers in reserve for extended testing in cases involving closely-related dogs.
The testing fee is $38 per sample; for example, if a sire, dam and 1 progeny (puppy) are tested, the total fee for 3 dogs is $114. A typical test includes both parents; if the dam or sire is missing, please call us for more information about testing options.
You are emailed a detailed Parentage Report showing inclusion or exclusion of each sire tested along with a DNA Profile summary page. Results are reported as:
- Parentage qualifies (inclusion of sire and dam): both the sire and dam matched the progeny (puppy) at all 16 DNA markers
- Parentage does not qualify (exclusion of sire, dam is included) : the dam matched the progeny (puppy), but the possible sire did not match the progeny and is not the sire
DNA results are emailed within 10 business days, once all samples are received at the laboratory.
Your dog-parentage test kit includes:
- Sterile DNA-collection swabs
- Complete instructions
Postage-paid return envelope (if mailed in the U.S.)
Breeder Concierge Service
If you need assistance ordering, you're welcome to call us directly at 800.625.0874 or email our team using the form on this page. We'll get back to you as soon as possible to help you place your order!
More about this Test
Q: Why should I send the mother’s sample if I already know she is the mom?
A: Having the mother’s DNA makes testing much more powerful for dog lineage and parentage verification. A sire may be falsely included if the mother’s sample is not used to eliminate her half of the DNA contribution. When the mother is not available, extended testing can be done to determine proper parentage.
Q: At what age can testing be done?
A: Cheek-swab samples can be obtained from dogs of any age, even newborn or nursing puppies. If pups are nursing, separate them from the mother for about 30 minutes (long enough that they do not have milk in their mouth when you go to swab them).
Q: If my dog has already been DNA-profiled through DDC, do I need to send another sample?
A: No. We can retrieve the DNA Profile information for dogs we have tested from our database. Provide the DNA ID number for that previously-tested dog and we can include it in a new evaluation. There is a $10 fee to include each previously-tested profile in a new dog lineage case.