Dog Paternity Test

Starting from only £129 with results in 10 working days

If you have any doubts about the parentage of a litter, including the possibility that you may have a multiple sired litter, then a Dog Paternity Test can provide the answers you need.

Dog paternity testing is a very valuable tool, because it provides accurate breeding records. These records are a guarantee of the dog’s pedigree and ancestry and therefore enable breeders to offer purchasers DNA certified pedigrees, while building a sound reputation based on trust and credibility.

The Science Behind the Dog Paternity Test

Our Dog Paternity Test is a quick and easy way to accurately determine the parentage of a dog, by measuring DNA markers. Each dog has 2 copies of every element of DNA, one of which comes from the dam (mother) and the other from the sire (father). Our test uses a profile of 16 genetic markers and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to accurately determine parentage.

Testing of the sire, the dam, and the progeny (puppy) is included in the price of £129 and, when all three are tested, we can confirm parentage with a probability of more than 99.99%.

You may know who the mother is, but it is important to include both parents, because this makes testing much more powerful and leads to more accurate results. The mother’s sample is used to eliminate her half of the DNA contribution, reducing the incidence of a sire being falsely confirmed as the biological father.

Dog Parentage Test Without the Mother

If the dam is not available, our Dog Paternity Test can still be carried out, but it requires extended testing, for which we test an additional 12 genetic markers.

We may also recommend undertaking extended testing in cases where the sires are closely related, brothers for example, due to the similarity between their DNA profiles.

Please note that there are additional fees if extended testing is required. Please Contact Us if you cannot provide the dam’s sample or if the possible sires are closely related so we can discuss the available options and costs.

How to Collect DNA Samples

The Dog Paternity Test requires a simple and painless cheek swab to collect a DNA sample. This can be safely obtained from dogs of any age, including new-born or nursing pups. If the puppies are nursing, please separate them from their mother for about an hour before collecting samples, to ensure they do not have milk in their mouth when you swab them. It is important that all dogs to be tested do not eat or drink anything for an hour prior to taking the swabs, or have contact with any toys or bones used by other dogs, to reduce the chance of cross contamination. To collect the sample, hold your dog’s head firmly in place and use the sterile mouth swabs provided by us. The kit also includes full instructions, along with registration forms for you to complete before returning the swabs to us for testing.

Dog Paternity Test Results

Once we have analysed the DNA profiles, an email will be sent to you, containing a parentage report, confirming the result for each sire that has been tested. If the result in the report is that parentage qualifies, this means that both the father and mother matched the puppy at all 16 DNA markers. If the result is that parentage does not qualify (inclusion of the dam but the sire is excluded), then the mother matched the puppy but the sire does not and is therefore not the father. If you believe you may have a multiple sired litter and the sires are closely related, this is when we can use the additional 12 genetic markers to determine the true biological sire.

Our customer support team is always on hand to answer any queries you may have, including questions about collecting DNA samples and understanding the results, to ensure that every test is concluded successfully and without delay. Please Contact Us for a quote or to discuss your requirements.
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