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Newly Kennel Club approved official DNA testing schemes

22 August 2016    11:00

The Kennel Club has recently approved a number of DNA testing schemes for different breeds this year. The official Kennel Club testing schemes are DNA tests that record a definitive result and are based on robust science. The schemes involve collaboration between the Kennel Club, Breed Clubs and the DNA testing facility.

The Kennel Club now records results for the following DNA tests and breeds:

  • Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS) for Cocker Spaniels: AMS is the self-mutilation of limb extremities (auto-amputation of claws, footpads and digits). Clinical signs include severe licking of footpads and paws to the point of bleeding and ulceration.
  • Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK) for Labradors: HNPK causes a dog’s nose to dry out, leading to inflammation and continuous irritation of the skin on the nose. Clinical signs include dry and rough nose surface and a lightening of nose skin colour.
  • Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM) for German Shepherd Dogs: CDRM is caused by the deterioration of structures in the spinal cord responsible for transmission of nerve impulses. Clinical signs include loss of coordination in the hind limbs. 
  • Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) for Welsh Terriers: PLL causes the disintegration of the zonular fibres, which support the lens in the eye. This is a painful and blinding inherited eye condition. Clinical signs include red eyes, glaucoma and loss of vision.

Results for these DNA tests can be accessed via the Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website.

The Worldwide Canine DNA Test List on the Kennel Club website includes all available DNA tests carried out by Kennel Club approved laboratories for each breed. This list also specifies whether the Kennel Club records results for the test and which laboratories carry them out.

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