DNA Profile (SNP - ISAG 2020)


A DNA profile is a unique ‘genetic fingerprint’ of your dog. Use our DNA profiling service to get the industry’s gold standard SNP ISAG 2020 genetic profile. Brought to you by The Kennel Club in partnership with Weatherbys.

Further information

What’s included?

  • DNA Profile (SNP - ISAG 2020)

This product is for a DNA profile only.  
A DNA profile is not a breed assignment test and will not tell you what breed(s) your dog is thought to be.

What is a DNA profile?
A DNA profile gives you a unique genetic code for your dog. You could think of it like your dog’s very own genetic fingerprint. This allows accurate identification of your dog and can be used to confirm their parentage. Unlike other identification means, a DNA profile remains the same throughout the dog’s entire life and cannot be lost, manipulated or destroyed. 

Due to the laboratory's cutting-edge technology, we’re pleased to offer the industry's gold-standard SNP DNA profile from just a simple cheek swab. Our profiling technique is performed in accordance with the international standard set by the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG). This is the latest and most sensitive profiling method currently available and allows for international comparison between laboratories. 

Please note, a DNA profile alone does not provide any information relating to health conditions or traits. 
A DNA profile is not a breed assignment test and will not tell you what breed(s) your dog is thought to be.

How does it work?
We’ll send you a sample collection kit straight to your door, but there’s no need to be in for delivery as the box will fit through your letter box. All you need to do is swab the inside of your dog’s cheek using the swabs provided and return these using the pre-paid envelope. Typically we only need one swab for all of the testing, however, our sample collection kits contain two swabs to make sure we collect enough DNA and we have an extra swab if something isn’t right with the first one.  

We’ll do the rest and will keep you updated along the way. 

When will I get the profile? 
You’ll receive a certificate confirming that your dog has been DNA profiled as soon as the process is finished, and a hard copy of the profile will be posted to you shortly after. It’ll also be stored on The Kennel Club’s database for continuous access, should you want to use it at a later date. 

Turnaround times are dependent on variable factors but we aim to return results within 1-3 weeks of receiving the samples. Sometimes the laboratory must re-run a sample. This is called a retest and in these cases, the turnaround time is inevitably extended, but we’ll keep you updated and let you know if we expect any delays. 

How do I collect DNA from my dog?
Collecting a sample of DNA from your dog couldn’t be simpler and there’s no need to visit your vet. We’ll send you two small brushes, known as mouth/buccal swabs, which you can use to gently rub the inside of your dog’s cheek, causing loose cheek cells to stick to the bristles. This is completely painless for your dog and the entire process only takes a few minutes. The swab then needs to be returned to the laboratory, where the cheek cells will be broken open and the DNA is analysed.

How old does my dog have to be? 
There are no age requirements for DNA testing - a dog’s DNA stays the same throughout its entire life.  

When testing young puppies, we recommend removing them from their mother for an hour before collecting the sample to avoid cross-contamination.

Can I use this service if my dog isn’t registered with The Kennel Club?
Yes, absolutely! When ordering please enter your dog’s pet name when prompted for The Kennel Club registered name and enter N/A when prompted for The Kennel Club registered number.

Have a discount code? 
Discount codes can be applied to your cart before proceeding to checkout. Simply click ‘add a discount code’ and add your unique code. Discount codes are case-sensitive. 

Assured breeders and KCAI members receive a 10% discount on all of our DNA testing services. To receive your discount code, please contact the ABS or KCAI team. 

Why choose The Kennel Club’s DNA testing service? 
Not only will we provide you with the information you need to understand your dog’s genetics and to make informed breeding decisions, but you’ll also be contributing towards ongoing scientific research that will help dogs now and in the future. 

Where can I find out more about canine genetics?
For more information about our DNA testing service, please contact our health team.


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