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APBT Registration

DNA Services

The ADBA is proud to offer our voluntary DNA Certification program in response to interest from the APBT fraternity. This program guarantees continuity from one generation to the next for the breeders interested in using DNA to eliminate concerns or questions about both identification and parentage. The resulting registration with DNA certification will offer integrity beyond question and add value to breeding programs.

We have contracted with NEOGEN Genomics Inc. laboratory for analysis services, and now offer to ADBA registered dogs a DNA analysis. This DNA analysis can be used for identification purposes and verification of parentage.

You will receive an ADBA “Certificate of DNA Analysis” with your dog’s information and a representation of the DNA Profile. Also, your ADBA registration certificate will reflect that your dog has a DNA profile recorded in the stud book of the American Dog Breeders Association Inc. and future pedigrees will reflect that a DNA Profile is on record for that sire or dam.

Individual DNA Profile


Only a Registered Owner may apply to have a DNA profile done on any dog. A certificate will be issued reflecting the DNA profile on that dog.

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Parentage DNA Profile


The DNA Genotype of the ADBA registered dog and his sire and dam are displayed and indicates that his parentage has been verified. The DNA profiles of the sire, dam and dog to be verified, must be on file with the ADBA before parentage can be verified.

About DNA Certification


DNA Certification provides a unique means of identification and the ability to determine whether a dog was the offspring of a particular sire and dam. DNA provides a unique identification and the ability to determine yes or no, if a dog was produced by a particular sire and dam. Although DNA will not tell you the breed of a dog, it can verify from which parents a particular dog was born.


The ADBA has a strict confidentiality policy regarding its database of DNA profiles. Information from the ADBA DNA database will only be used for identification and parentage and will be released only to the dog’s owner or to a person authorized to receive the information by dog’s owner. After the Certificate has been issued, all subsequent registration certificates and pedigrees will indicate that a DNA profile is recorded on that sire or dam.


To collect the DNA sample, the dog’s mouth is swabbed around the inside of the cheeks with a small brush to collect cheek cells that contain the dogs DNA. On request, the ADBA will send out a DNA collection kit for each dog to be profiled. All of the necessary forms, directions for cheek swab collection and the cheek swab are included in the collection kit.

How to Collect Samples


After the DNA sample is collected, the owner fills out the DNA Service Sample Submission Form (included in the collection kit) with the information on the dog and send this and the cheek swab. The genetic sample information is entered into the ADBA database and the genetic sample submitted to NEOGEN Genomics, Inc, the testing laboratory. Once the DNA is analyzed, the information is returned to the ADBA where the DNA analysis is recorded and the ADBA DNA Certificate is created. The genetic information and ADBA DNA Certificate is then sent to the owner of the dog. The processing time for this service is approximately 6-8 weeks.


Each genetic profile is unique to each individual dog and provides a positive identification of the dog. DNA Certification enhances the value of the pedigree as a breeding tool by providing scientific verification of parentage. It can also safeguard a breeder’s reputation by offering certified parentage of all litters.


Currently, a DNA profile is required for:

  1. The stud dog on all litters or individual dogs being registered produced using artificial insemination using frozen semen
  2. Any brood stock that is producing pups before 9 months of age or after 12 years of age. Otherwise, DNA Certification is offered to breeders on a voluntary basis.