Most breed registries require DNA testing to verify animal identity and parentage before registration or breeding. If you plan on submitting the results to your horse’s registry, check with them first to establish if you need to have a veterinarian collect the sample to verify the animal’s identity.
The DNA markers used by CAG are based on the internationally-recognized International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) microsattelite testing panel. The results can be directly compared to results from other laboratories using this panel.
In the CAG Parentage Test, DNA Identity Profiles are generated for each of the three animals submitted (foal, mare, sire). They are then compared in order to establish the kinship between animals.
Each animal sampled is assigned a unique CAG-animal number, so if you want to have further tests performed in the future, only this number needs to be cited.