The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCD) in Parson Russell Terriers following
consultation with the breed's Breed Health Coordinator, on behalf
of the breed clubs.
In the UK, this test is offered by the Animal Health Trust (www.aht.org.uk) and further
details can be obtained directly from them. Results from other
laboratories will be considered for acceptance upon
Copies of all future test certificate results issued by the Animal
Health Trust will be sent directly to the Kennel Club, where the
test result will be added to the dog's registration details,
triggering the publication of the test result in the next available
Breed Records Supplement. The result will appear on any new
registration certificate issued for the dog, on the registration
certificates of any future progeny of the dog, and also on the
Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website.
Results for dogs already tested can also be recorded, but owners
will need to submit copies of the DNA certificates
If the owner includes the original registration certificate for
the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be
issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge. Please
send any DNA test certificates to Health & Breeder Services,
The Kennel Club, 1 - 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB
or scan and email copies of the certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kennel Club continues to work alongside breed clubs and breed
health coordinators, in a collaborative effort to improve the
health of pedigree dogs. The Kennel Club is happy to accommodate a
club's request to add a new DNA test to its lists and would
normally need a formal request from the breed's health coordinator
or a majority request from the breed clubs.