In order to protect the integrity of each CDHPR Breeding Plan being developed through the CDHPR, we require that any dog that will serve as a Sire or Dam within a CDHPR breeding plan must have a DNA profile on record with Scidera, Inc.

United Kennel Club, Inc. has agreed to facilitate the fulfillment of DNA test kit requests as well as the processing of DNA Profiles and Certifications.

You can learn more about Canine DNA profiling and order a DNA test kit and profile through the United Kennel Club website or by calling 1-269-381-2183.

DNA - P and DNA - VIP Profile Program

The DNA-P and DNA-VIP Profile program is used to identify and verify parentage. Breeders and owners of dogs use this program to guarantee accuracy of breeding records, confirm and certify their pedigrees, and protect breed integrity.

How does this work?

Each dog has a unique DNA profile. This unique profile (also called genotypes) are printed on your dog's Scidera Certificate of DNA Analysis. There are two letters at each DNA marker, called alleles, on the DNA Certificate. These allele pairs at each marker are inherited, with one allele coming from the sire and the other from the dam. Scidera uses these allele pairings to verify each pup's sire and dam. In the event a paternity case is inconclusive, additional markers are used until the parentage results are either conclusive or an exclusion is determined.

What is my first step in joining millions of responsible breeders?

First, you will need to start a DNA profile "plan" within your own breeding program. Most breeders start DNA profiling Sires and Dams they use most often. Once your dog has been DNA profiled successfully, you will receive a Certificate of DNA Analysis. This lovely certificate is suitable for framing and is a part of your dog's permanent identification. Once your dog has been DNA Profiled, DNA-P will always be listed after his or her registration number. If your dog is already permanently registered, and you would like DNA-P to be reflected on his or her registration certificate, you would need to return the certificate to our office with the appropriate fee so we may update your dog's registration certificate.

I have already started a DNA Program and want to produce DNA-VIP puppies. Once you have registered your litter out of two DNA-P parents, you may submit DNA swab samples for your puppies. Once these puppies have been profiled they are awarded the prestigious DNA-VIP (Verified Identified Parentage) status. This means your puppies have been tested and it has been proven by DNA analysis who their parents are. Their Certificate of DNA Analysis will bear the impressive Verified Identified Parentage gold seal.

How do I collect a DNA sample from my dog?

Your DNA sample kit contains all the materials to successfully collect a DNA sample from your dog.

Follow these simple guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact our DNA Department.

    1. Complete the DNA application. Click here to see a completed DNA application sample.

    2. When sampling more than one dog, wash your hands between each sample to prevent cross-contamination.

    3. Withhold food for at least one-half hour before collecting a sample for DNA testing. Visually inspect the dog's mouth between the cheek and gums for food debris, etc. The objective is to collect cheek epithelial cells, avoiding food debris.

    4. Write the dog's name or other identifying information on the Scidera's DNA CheekswabTM wrapper.

    5. Open the swab package by peeling back the loose edges of the DNA CheekswabTM sleeve, about one inch.

    6. Grasp the swab's plastic handle and pull the swab out of the wrapper. Envision inserting a toothbrush inside the mouth, turning the bristles away from your teeth towards the cheek. The objective is to collect cheek epithelial cells.

    7. Steady your dog's head. Hold the swab by the applicator stick. Vigorously rub and rotate the swab's bristle head against the inside surface of the cheek for about 30 seconds.

    8. Immediately re-insert the swab into the DNA CheekswabTM sleeve (no need to reseal the sleeve).

    9. Mail sample, completed DNA application, and correct fee if you have not already prepaid the CDHPR DNA Department.


1) How can I order a DNA test?

The DNA kit (swab, application, directions and return envelope) is $4.00. The fee for the Profile (processing) is $45.00. You can order the kits and pay for the processing fees when the swab is returned to CDHPR for processing or you may pay for the kit and profile at one time.

The total fee for the kit and processing is $49.00

Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry will only test breeds we currently acknowledge.

DNA test kits and profiles may be ordered through the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry DNA Department directly at:

DNA Department
100 E Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo MI 49002
Phone: 269-381-2183
Fax: 269-349-5590

2) Will DNA testing prove my dog is purebred?

No, DNA can determine or verify the parentage of a dog, but it cannot provide proof that a dog is indeed purebred.

3) Why did my dog’s DNA test fail?

Even with the best intentions; trying to make sure the sample is clean, enough tissue has been collected, and etc. a sample can fail. If this happens, read the collection instructions again to ensure you did not miss a step or contaminate the sample. Carefully, complete the collection process again and submit the swab in the provided return envelope

4) How long does it take to get my dog’s DNA results?

The complete process takes about six to eight weeks.

5) How often are samples sent to the lab?

Samples are sent out weekly, usually on Fridays.

6) Can I DNA test a deceased dog?

You may test a deceased dog, if the dog is at the Veterinarian’s office at the time of passing, please have the Veterinarian complete the following steps for blood draws:

Process to submit Blood sample for DNA testing:
  • If possible, the blood needs to be drawn by a vet at the beginning of the week.
  • Needs to be a purple vacutainer packed on blue ice and over-nighted directly to Scidera, Inc.
  • The dog's Name and CDHPR number needs to be referenced inside the package.
  • Overnight package to:
    Scidera, Inc's Address
    Attn: Leslie Bickel
    1756 Picasso Avenue
    Davis CA 95616

**Please note, there are additional fees for this method of DNA testing, please contact the CDHPR DNA department for fee schedule.

7) Can I DNA test frozen semen?

Process to submit Semen/Frozen Semen for DNA testing:
  • At the time of Artificial Insemination a small bit of the semen needs to be saved in the straw. (AI should be done at beginning of week, if possible).
  • The straw needs to be placed in a resealable bag, labeled SEMEN, no envelope (envelope is too absorbent)
  • Pack the resealable bag on blue ice and over-nighted directly to MMI Genomics.
  • The dog's Name and CDHPR number needs to be referenced inside the package.
  • Overnight package to:
    Scidera, Inc's Address
    Attn: Leslie Bickel
    1756 Picasso Avenue
    Davis CA 95616

**Please note, there are additional fees for this method of DNA testing, please contact the CDHPR DNA department for fee schedule.

8) Why DNA test?

DNA testing is a permanent form of identification, while tattoos may fade and microchips may fail, DNA is permanent.

9) How old does a puppy have to be before it can be DNA tested?

A puppy can be tested at any age, as long as the puppy can be separated from the mother for 30 minutes before testing.

10) Is DNA a life time identification or does a dog’s DNA change as it ages?

Your dog’s DNA is its own unique identification, this identification will never change.