Standardization of a SNP panel for parentage verification and identification in the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus)

M. de Groot, H. Anderson, H. Bauer, C. Bauguil, R. R. Bellone, R. Brugidou, R. M. Buckley, P. Dovč, O. Forman, R. A. Grahn, L. Kock, M. Longeri, S. Mouysset-Geniez, J. Qiu, G. Sofronidis, L. H.P. van der Goor, L. A. Lyons

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The domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) is a valued companion animal throughout the world. Over 60 different cat breeds are accepted for competition by the cat fancy registries in different countries. Genetic markers, including short tandem repeats and SNPs, are available to evaluate and manage levels of inbreeding and genetic diversity, population and breed structure relationships, and individual identification for forensic and registration purposes. The International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) hosts the Applied Genetics in Companion Animals Workshop, which supports the standardization of genetic marker panels and genotyping for the identification of cats via comparison testing. SNP panels have been in development for many species, including the domestic cat. An ISAG approved core panel of SNPs for use in cat identification and parentage analyses is presented. SNPs (n = 121) were evaluated by different university-based and commercial laboratories using 20 DNA samples as part of the ISAG comparison testing procedures. Different SNP genotyping technologies were examined, including DNA arrays, genotyping-by-sequencing and mass spectroscopy, to select a robust and efficient panel of 101 SNPs as the ISAG core panel for cats. The SNPs are distributed across all chromosomes including two on the X chromosome and an XY pseudo-autosomal sexing marker (zinc-finger XY; ZFXY). A population study demonstrated that the markers have an average polymorphic information content of 0.354 and a power of exclusion greater than 0.9999. The SNP panel should keep testing affordable while also allowing for the development of additional panels to monitor health, phenotypic traits, hybrid cats and highly inbred cats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnimal Genetics
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • breeds
  • DNA profile
  • genetic testing
  • single nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics


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