Can I take the sample myself?

For ease, convenience and to reduce costs, we have set up the DNA Protected service so that you can take the DNA from your pets at home – taking a DNA mouth swab from your dog is simple, painless and only takes a few seconds.

Please read and follow the sampling instructions included with the kit and watch our one-minute sampling video.

When taking the sample please make sure that you wait for at least an hour after your dog has eaten or, if your puppy is very young, at least an hour after he or she has suckled, before you take the swab.

As part of the sampling process, you will sign the sample collection card as well as an online declaration to confirm that you are correctly registering the details for the dog that you have swabbed.

Other FAQs

How does the DNA Protected service work?

Can I take the sample myself?

Is there a lower age limit for taking a DNA swab?

Why do I need to wait for an hour?

Will DNA Protected give me an indication of my dog's breed?

Will it give me an indication of any health problems/genetic diseases?

Who holds my data/what data is held and who is it shared with?

Who holds the database, what will it be used for and who will have access to it?

Can I get a copy of my dog’s DNA profile?

What happens if I move or the ownership of the dog changes or if my dog dies?

Has the technology been used and accepted in court?

What happens if my dog is stolen or lost?

How long does testing take?

How will dogs be identified using the Forensic Dog DNA Database?

Is the DNA Protected service accredited?

What are the chances of identical twins within a litter?

What’s in the DNA Protected sampling kit?

Is there a discount for breeders or organisations with multiple dogs?

I haven’t received my report, what should I do?

Don't forget our customer services team are on hand to provide any help and assistance you might need. Please don't hesitate to call us, our friendly and experienced advisers will be pleased to answer any questions you might have about our services.