Local Company Maps Dog DNA

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dogs can do a lot of things, but one thing they can't do is talk.

One company is hoping to change this through genetic testing

Embark Vet is a Boston-based company that does dog DNA testing.

“For many people, a mixed breed dog is something of a mystery,” said Adam Gardner, a software engineer with Embark Vet.

“You may have a dog and it looks like a German Shepard and chases its tail like a Border Collie and cuddles like a Golden Retriever. So people don’t know where their dogs come from,” he said.

Pet owners can buy a DNA kit online at embarkvet.com and get a swab of their dog's saliva, send it in a few weeks later, they will know a whole more about their pup.

“Similar to a human test learning about your pets ancestry can help explain a lot of appearances and behaviors and what makes it the way it is,” Gardner said.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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