Forget the Debate–Info about DNA Profiles

Setting aside the debate about using AKC DNA Profiles as a restriction for exhibition, I’d like to provide some basic information about what exactly AKC DNA Profiles are.

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Ok, so you got a profile. Now what? What does it tell you?

On its own, it tells you nothing. Seriously. It is only useful when analyzing parentage to determine if a dog can be included or excluded from the pool of dogs that could be a puppy’s sire or dam, or if a puppy can be included or excluded from the pool of dogs that could be the offspring of a sire or dam.

This genotyping technology does not use actual genes, but other DNA sequences referred to as markers, that are also inherited one copy from each parent. Because markers are not functional genes, the AKC DNA Profile does not provide any information about the conformation of the dog, the presence/absence of genetic diseases, or any information about the breed of a dog. 

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