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

Once your dog’s DNA has been profiled, it will be automatically stored securely on the Forensic Dog DNA Database, together with some information about your dog as well as your contact details.  This means that if the police recover an unidentified dog they can arrange to have it DNA profiled and the profile of the unidentified dog compared to all the dogs held on the database.  A match will then be reported to police and the dog owner. 

The search algorithms on the Forensic Dog DNA Database will allow any matches to be identified and reported to police and the dog owner.  The DNA system provides excellent discrimination - so far our studies have allowed the individual identification of all the dogs we have tested including siblings in pedigree litters.

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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