Coat Furnishings test for Dogs

Test Highlights:

  • DNA samples can be collected easily at home using buccal (cheek) swabs.
  • Dogs can be DNA tested at ANY age using the buccal swabs.
  • DNA results are emailed within 5 business days of receipt of the samples
  • Test fee is $58 (US) per canine, multi-test discounts may apply

Hair (Coat) Furnishings or Improper Coat Test

DDC Veterinary offers DNA testing for furnishings among several dog breeds. By identifying the genotype of the parents, clients can more accurately predict the genotype of future progeny. Breeders can use DNA testing as a tool to more effectively manage mating patterns and make more informed selection decisions. Common breeds that have furnishings are:

  • Brussels Griffon
  • Chinese Crested
  • Dachshund
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Goldendoodle
  • Havana Silk Dog
  • Havanese
  • Irish Terrier
  • Labradoodle
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier

Furnishings (DNA marker tested – RSPO2) The presence of “Furnishings” is usually observed in “wire-haired” dogs but is best characterized by a longer mustache and eyebrow facial hair pattern. Like Curl this is also inherited as an autosomal Dominant trait. Therefore, dogs having only 1 copy of the furnishings allele will likely have “furnishings”, but will pass on the non-furnishings (improper coat) allele about 50% of the time.

Here are the 3 potential genotypes reported:

  • RSP02 Insertion -/- (2 copies of this non-furnishings allele)
    This dog does not have furnishings. Some breeds refer to this as improper coat
  • RSP02 Insertion +/- (1 copy of this furnishings allele, 1 copy of this non-furnishings allele)
    This dog will likely pass on the furnishings gene to 50% of its offspring & the non-furnishings gene (improper coat) to 50% of its offspring
  • RSP02 Insertion +/+ (2 copies of this furnishings allele)This dog will pass on the furnishings gene to 100% of its offspring