Is there a lower age limit for taking a DNA swab

There is no age limit for taking a DNA swab from a dog – the dogs’ DNA remains unchanged from birth throughout its life, which is why it is nature’s ultimate identification system!

If swabbing a very young puppy that is still suckling, it is particularly important to wait for at least an hour after feeding before taking the mouth swab.  Otherwise, you may collect some DNA from the mother’s milk which could interfere with the test result.    

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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?