How does the DNA Protected service work?

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.  For each dog we produce a DNA profile comprised of 16 DNA markers that have been shown to be highly variable between individuals.  This variability allows us to discriminate between different dogs (even related animals) and provides a dog DNA ‘identity’.  The test also includes a marker that confirms the sex of your 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.

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?

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