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)

The Canine Genetic Diversity Test includes the ISAG Panel, and parentage verification can be requested at no additional charge after diversity results are completed.

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:
Berger Picard
Border Collie
English Mastiff
Irish Setter
Irish Red & White Setter
Irish Wolfhound
Lakeland Terrier
Llewellin Setter
Magyar Agar
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Saint Bernard
Scottish Collie

Breeds in Phase 1 - Research:
Afghan Hound
American Bully
American Eskimo Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
English Springer Spaniel
German Pinscher
German Shepherd
Great Dane
Jack Russell Terrier
Rat Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Russell Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Standard Schnauzer

Information on how to enroll a breed


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