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New DNA Testing Schemes For The Kooikerhondje

26 August 2014    11:00
 

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 themselves. 

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 hbs@thekennelclub.org.uk

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.

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