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.

In order to evaluate a potential mating, the VGL case numbers of two diversity tested dogs can be input to a mating tool that calculates the genetic relatedness of the potential parents and simulates the offspring to give the expected and min/max internal relatedness (IR) values.
Access Mating Tool (Requires MyVGL login)

Currently this test is available for:
Alaskan Klee Kai
Biewer Terrier
Biewer Yorkshire Terrier
Black Russian Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Flat-Coated Retriever
Giant Schnauzers
Golden Retriever
Italian Greyhound
Labrador Retriever
Miniature Poodle
Shiba Inu
Shiloh Shepherd
Standard Poodle
Swedish Vallhund
Toy Poodle

Price: $80
Price reduced to $70 when combined with a diagnostic test.

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 2 - Preliminary Results/Research:
Lakeland Terrier
Magyar Agar
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Breeds in Phase 1 - Research:
Border Collie
English Mastiff
English Springer Spaniel
German Pinscher
German Shepherd
Great Dane
Irish Red & White Setter
Irish Wolfhound
Jack Russell Terrier
Llewellin Setter
Rat Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Russell Terrier
Scottish Collie

Information on how to enroll a breed


Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Tel 530-752-2211 Email VGL