Welcome to the Golden Retriever Diversity Project – Thanks for Joining Us!

Embark is continually updating their industry-leading advanced, custom extension of the Illumina Canine HD genotyping array which captures over 200,000 genetic markers. Embark keeps up with published research in Canine Genetics, to keep you aware of any new issues in Golden Retriever Genetic Health – test your dog with Embark and there is no additional charge to have your dog checked for any newly discovered genetic mutations in Goldens.

Introducing New Litter and Breeding Packages!

Testing prospective breeding pairs and testing puppies in your litters is crucial to managing the genetic health and diversity of your breeding program. Our new breeding and litter packages are designed to make DNA testing for these two important occasions more affordable and impactful for your breeding program. 

Send each puppy home with full Genetic Testing and use the results to determine which puppy best suits your breeding program. Each package customized consultations to review the results of multiple dogs holistically. Learn more about each package below:

Only $99 Per Puppy when you purchase 4 or more kits for your litter!

The Litter Package Contains:

  • 4+ DNA Test Kits, Maximum 11 DNA Test Kits per Order
  • Guaranteed turnaround time of 3 weeks from swabs received at Embark’s lab.
  • Kits must be used on puppies within the same litter

Each DNA Test included in the litter package includes:

  • Risk of genetic health conditions relevant to Golden Retrievers
  • Genetic COI
  • Expert consultation
  • Your Litter is automatically enrolled in the GRDP Database to contribute to health research for Goldens

Which Embark Kit Do I Need?

Embark offers 3 DNA testing options. Everyone wants to get the “best” deal and it is tempting to order from an appealing price link. However, the ONLY Product that offers ALL the features available from the Golden Retriever Diversity Project is the BREEDER KIT available from the links on this website for $129 ALL THE TIME. Please be sure to use the links on this website to order!

If you choose to call Embark to order the BREEDER KIT, you MUST identify that you want to be a part of the Golden Retriever Diversity Project to receive the $129 pricing to have your dog included in the DNA Research Database and be eligible for the Breeder Tools and consulting. If you do not identify yourself, you will be charged the rate in effect at the time of your order for the Standard Breeder Kit, but will not be able to use the benefits of the Golden Retriever Diversity Project and contribute to Golden Retriever Health Research through our projects. If you wish to participate later, there will be an additional charge for non-GRDP tests. The codes in Embark promotional emails to share with a friend will not allow that dog to participate in the Golden Retriever Diversity Project either. Be sure to make a difference by ordering your tests ONLY through the Golden Retriever Diversity Project!

If you purchase a Embark Dog DNA Test Kit from Amazon or the Embark site, it is set up strictly for Breed Identification and Pet Owners – you will not be able to participate in the Golden Retriever Diversity Project or utilize the advanced breed tools.

Want to Share Your Expertise with Embark?

Embark and the Golden Retriever Diversity Project are organizing a Focus Group of Golden Retriever Breeders interested in working with Embark to identify health concerns for Golden Retrievers and talk about features they would like to see in the product. Embark wants to hear ideas directly from Breeders about what we need to do to improve Golden Retriever Health! Join us and be part of the conversation. Please send an email to [email protected] with your name, phone, email and a brief resume of your career in Goldens.

Embark Golden Retriever DNA Test Kit for Breeders $129

The Golden Retriever Diversity Project is proud to partner with Embark to offer the Golden Retriever for Breeders Genetic Test Kit (normally $179) for only $129 ALL THE TIME.

No Coupon or Membership Required!

NOTE: This Breeder Kit offers additional features to Breeders not available in the Retail Kit available on Embark’s website or Amazon. You must order from this Link to enroll your dog in our Research Program and to be eligible to use the Matchmaker Tool launching soon. There are also more features in your Reports! Please join us in providing Genetic Data to Researchers to improve Golden Retriever Health!

Genetic Disease Testing Tailored to Golden Retrievers

Don’t be fooled by other companies that don’t test for the proper Golden Retriever mutations. Do your homework and make sure your Golden has the right tests listed below!

Embark tests for genetic risk factors relevant to Goldens and will screen for over 160+ genetic mutations linked to disease in other breeds, This allows all of us to learn more about the frequency and behavior of rare genetic mutations in dogs.

Test results are accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for all conditions where the OFA has an established DNA registry.

Genetic Coefficient of Inbreeding

The scientific version of of Pedigree COI is Genetic COI – an invaluable piece of genetic information to inform you about your breeding program.

In a Blind Test of Goldens in 2019, we discovered that Genetic COI is actually 2-3 times higher than the COIs reported on k9Data.com. Click to see the Blind Study Report. High COIs can have a devastating effect on your breeding program, and result in:

  • Health issues
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Lower rates of conception
  • Smaller litter size.

We need 300 tested Golden Retrievers to activate this exciting feature. Test your dogs NOW to open up this important breeding tool!


One cheek swab. One all-inclusive test. One price. Be a Champion of Health!

prcd-PRA (PRCD Exon 1) 
Progressive Retinal Atrophy – prcd Progressive rod-cone degeneration
PRA-1 (SLC4A3)
Golden Retriever Progressive Retinal Atrophy 1
PRA-2 (TTC8)
Golden Retriever Progressive Retinal Atrophy 2  
NCL5 (CLN5 Golden Retriever Variant)
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
Muscular Dystrophy (DMD Golden Retriever Variant)
Degenerative Myelopathy
Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Disease (COL1A1) 

Next Steps… Just Click on the Order Button!

Before your initial order, please take time to check out the rest of the story on this website. This offer is available ONLY for Golden Retrievers, and you do not have to be a member of the GRCA or a local Golden Retriever Club to participate. This Link will take you to the $129 Golden Retriever Diversity Project Embark for Breeders Dog DNA Test Kit. Fill in the Discount Code on Payment Page to get your Deal!

Your Discount Code is: Gold3nH3alth