UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
Canine Genetic Diversity Test


The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with Dr. Niels C. Pedersen and staff, has developed a panel of short tandem repeat (STR) markers that will determine genetic diversity across the genome and in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions. This test panel is useful to breeders who wish to track and increase genetic diversity of their breed as a long term goal.

Currently this test is available for:
Alaskan Klee Kai
Doberman Pinscher
Flat-Coated Retriever
Golden Retriever
Italian Greyhound
Miniature Poodle
Standard Poodle

Price: $80

Allow 5-10 business days for results.

New Breed Enrollment / Research Phase

Genetic diversity testing using this same format can be directly applied to any breed.  However, the most important tasks are to identify a cadre of breeders committed to diversity testing and to seek out all possible existing genetic diversity of the breed. More...

Breeds in Phase 1 - Research:
English Bulldog
English Mastiff
Giant Schnauzers
Great Dane
Lakeland Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Magyar Agar
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Rat Terrier
Shiba Inu
Swedish Vallhund
Toy Poodle

Breeds in Phase 2 - Preliminary Results/Research:
Biewer Terrier
Biewer Yorkshire Terrier
Black Russian Terrier
Shiloh Shepherd

Information on how to enroll a breed


Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Tel 530-752-2211, Email VGL