Canine Genetics Lab

The Canine Genetics Lab at Purdue University is overseen by Dr. Kari Ekenstedt. To learn more about Dr. Ekenstedt’s research and the development of canine genetic tests, please visit the Canine Genetics Lab website.

Client Communications

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September 6, 2023, Canine Genetic Testing Now Available
October 6, 2023, Canine Genetic Testing Temporarily Halted.
November 3, 2023, Canine Genetic Testing Resumes.
November 9, 2023, Canine Genetic Testing Resampling Guidance 
December 8, 2023, Canine Genetic Testing Shipping and Holiday Delay(submitters asked to save tracking number information).

Current Tests Available

Glycogen Storage Disease (Basset Hound) 

Information Sheet
Result Interpretation

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (Miniature American Shepherd) 

Information Sheet
Result Interpretation

Non-HSF4 Cataracts (Miniature American Shepherd) 

Information Sheet
Results Interpretation


Individual Tests:
1-3 Dogs: $70.00 for each dog
4 or more: $63.00 for each dog
Combo of Two Tests:
1-3 Dogs: $110.00 for each dog
4 or more: $95.00 for each dog

Sample Submission

Samples must be accompanied by a completed submission form and a copy of the receipt. Once the Individual Dog  or Litter (PDF) submission form(s) has been completed, please go to the ADDL Genetic Testing Payment website to submit payment PRIOR TO SHIPPING ANY SAMPLES.  You will need to print a copy of the receipt to include in the shipment.

Sample Submission Protocols

Cheek Swab (PDF)
Blood (PDF)
Semen (PDF)
Dew Claw and Tail (PDF)


Please include all samples for a given order IN THE SAME SHIPMENT. If you are unable to submit a sample from one or more dogs, please submit a separate order for those dogs once the samples are ready to be shipped.

Ship to arrive within 2-7 days of collection (US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx; For Canada, Purolator is recommended)
Please make sure the specimens are clearly labeled with the dog's name or coat/collar color.
Please put all ADDL submission forms and receipt copies in a plastic bag and include them in the package.

Testing will not be started until proof of payment is confirmed.
For shipments originating outside the US, include the USDA Importation Documents (PDF).
Send package with samples and ALL FORMS to:
ADDL - Canine Genetic Tests
406 S. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Please contact the ADDL with any questions by calling 765-494-7440 or email


Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, 765-494-7607

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