The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing
schemes for vWD (type III) and Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy
(ENM) in the Kooikerhondje, following consultation with the Breed
Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed club.
The vWD test is offered in the UK by Laboklin (www.laboklin.co.uk) and
future results issued by them will be forwarded to the Kennel Club.
Both tests are also offered by the University of Utrecht
(Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of
Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 108, 3584 CM
Utrecht, The Netherlands). As copies of test results issued by the
University of Utrecht are not sent directly to the Kennel Club by
the laboratory, the owner of a dog will be required to submit a
copy of their dog's result if they wish the Kennel Club to record
the DNA status.
Once received, the test result will be added to the dog's details
on the registration database which will trigger 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.