If you are a regular follower of this web site, you might remember that after Lovinmypup became an affiliate of a new Dog DNA company called Embark DNA, we announced that we were going to have Bella’s DNA tested to review the final product.   Well the report was 16 pages long and was extremely impressive.


Please note that when we purchased Bella 7 years ago, it was noted that she was a full blooded Doberman Pinscher and she was 4 months old.   The purchase was done completely on line since we live in Pa. and the breeder was in California,  When we changed the registration of her chip we found out that she was really 6 months old.  The breeder never sent us any medical information or any papers pertaining to her lineage and her phone was later disconnected.   It was no big deal since Bella was not going to be bred or shown – she was to be trained as a service dog.   And she was a love and extremely smart!   For 6 years we have been soulmates and she has been the inspiration for this website.  Bella is actually our 3rd  Doberman.  Our last 2 Dobies crossed over the Rainbow Bridge before the age of 9.    

When  we learned about the company called  Embark DNA

Embark Dog DNA Test Kit

and their comprehensive study  on  canine  genetics  relative  to  health  and origin of  breed,  we immediately  joined their  affiliate  program.    We wanted  to be able to review the final product so here it is.   Please note that Lovinmypup is giving you the highlights of this 16 page report !  All Lovinmypup comments are in read.

Welcome to Bella Blue’s DNA Profile!



DNA Test Report Test Date: April 21st, 2019 click on this link to see Bella’s entire 16 page report ,  embk.me/bellablue2


Doberman Pinscher: 74.6%                 

Weimaraner: 25.4%



The Doberman Pinscher is a relatively new breed, bred around 1890 by Karl Friedrich
Louis Doberman, a German tax collector. He aimed to breed a dog that would protect
him during his tax collections. Doberman Pinschers are intelligent, loyal, and make for
perfect companions as well as guard dogs. The Doberman is a mixture of many
different dog breeds that includes Beauceron, German Pinscher, German Shepherd,
and Rottweiler. The Doberman is a very athletic dog that often excels in agility
courses. Doberman’s are trainable and are listed as one of the top five smartest dogs.

RELATED BREEDS                                        Fun Fact A Doberman named Cappy  saved the lives of 250 U.S. Marines on Guam in 1944 by                                                                                        alerting them when Japanese troops were nearby
Sibling breed
Giant Schnauzer
Sibling breed

                                          WEIMARANER  25,4%

                                                                                                                 Fun Fact    Weimaraners are among the fastest dog                                                                                                                                     breeds. These energetic dogs can attain                                                                                                                                     speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Only                                                                                                                                     a few other breeds can outpace them.

The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th
century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar,
bear and deer. As popularity of the large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners
were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits and foxes. The Weimaraner is
an energetic hunting dog, prized for its physical endurance and stamina, with a
strong, instinctive prey-drive. They may tolerate cats but usually that is not the case,
tending to follow the urge to hunt – no matter how long it has known a particular cat.
A Weimaraner requires frequent exercise and will appreciate games and play. An
active owner is more likely to provide the vigorous exercise and games required.
Weimaraner requires appropriate training to learn how to be calm and control its




Well after 7 years we find out that Bella is NOT a pure bred Doberman even though she definately looks like a Dobie.  Her great grandparents wer a Purebred Dobie and a Dobie/Weimaramer mix.   and from that generation the Weimaraner/dobie mix was used to breed with a pure Dobie.  It really doesn’t matter to us, however, if we were looking specifically for  a dog with papers she would not meet our needs.   

GENETIC STATS      Wolfiness: 1.8 % HIGH    Predicted adult weight: 64 lbs      Genetic age: 65 human years


Kit number: EM-8063419
Swab number: 31001806044238



These clinical genetic traits can inform clinical decisions and diagnoses. These traits do not predict a disease state or increased
risk for disease. We currently assess one clinical trait: Alanine Aminotransferase Activity.
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) Activity result: Normal

Bella Blue has two normal alleles at ALT.

More information on Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) Activity:

The liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase, or ALT, is one of several values your veterinarian measures on routine blood        work to gauge liver health. Dogs with one or more copies of the “A” allele are likely to have a lower baseline ALT activity (“low normal”) than  dogs with zero copies of the “A” allele (“normal”). This means that your veterinarian may recommend blood work to establish an ndividualized baseline ALT value during an annual wellness exam or before starting certain medications. You and your veterinarian could then be able to monitor your dog for any deviation from this established baseline. Please note that this mutation should never cause an increase in your dog’s ALT activity and does not cause liver disease. If your dog has high ALT activity, please consult your veterinarian.



Good news! Bella Blue did not test positive for any of the genetic diseases  that Embark screens for.
It is still important to let your veterinarian know these results because they  could help guide Bella Blue’s diagnosis and treatment if she gets sick in  the future.

170  CLEAR


CARRIER status:

This indicates the dog has inherited a recessive allele for a genetic trait or mutation. This is not enough to cause
symptoms of the disease, but is important to bear in mind if the dog ever has offspring.
Carrier System: Hematologic

Condition: Von Willebrand Disease Type I (VWF)



Good news! Bella Blue tested clear for 5 genetic conditions that are common in her breed mix.

Hyperuricosuria and Hyperuricemia or Urolithiasis  (SLC2A9)

Deafness and Vestibular Syndrome of Dobermans (DVDob,DINGS)

Degenerative Myelopathy  (SOD1A)

Hypomyelination and Tremors (FNIP2)

Dilated Cardiomyopathy  (PDK4)



Bella Blue is also clear of 165 other genetic health conditions that Embark tests for.

To help ensure healthy breeds, every test includes analysis of our full panel of over 160 genetic health conditions.

The following pages list out all the other genetic health conditions that Bella Blue tested clear for.



The last  5 page of the report actually list the  individual 165 genetic Health Conditions that Bella was cleared for.    We showed this 16 page report to Bella’s Veterinarian today and she was very amazed at both he complexity and he depth of this report.  We are thrilled that Bella has been cleared for the top 5 genetic conditions common  in both breeds that have combined to produce our Bella.   This was a excellent source of information ad Lovinmypup would recommend this to all the pet parents out there,   It is well worth the fee to gain such comprehensive information on your precious fur baby.    Please note that all you have to do is to click on the link on the banner side of this web site and you will be taken to the EMBARK home page to order.   Remember that I have only summarized Bella”s 16 page report.    Lovinmypup hopes that you will find the fantastic insight into your pup’s genetic health. Having this information will help you and your Veterinarian keep your fur baby alive and in good health for a long time.    Keep coming back for more great information to help you be the best pet parent that you can be.   







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