DNA Protected is a forensic DNA profiling service for dogs. DNA extracted from the cells collected using a simple mouth swab are tested in the laboratory to produce a DNA profile which can identify your dog. DNA Protected uses a Canine DNA marker system that has been specifically developed for forensic analysis. The test works like human ‘DNA profiling‘ and looks at 18 markers, or areas of the dog’s DNA, that are known to be highly variable between individual dogs. This variability allows us to discriminate between different dogs (even related animals) and provides a DNA ‘identity’ for your dog. The test also includes a marker that determines the sex of the dog.
The dog’s DNA profile can then be stored on a database which means that it can be compared against the profile of any dog that might be found or recovered following loss or theft in order to reunite the dog with its owner.
Because a dog’s DNA markers are inherited from his or her parents, the dog’s DNA profile can also be compared with the dog’s sire and dam to confirm parentage.