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New DNA Testing Scheme For Bearded Collies

21 February 2014    15:00
Bearded Collie (c) Diane Pearce Collection/KC Picture Library

Following consultation with the breed clubs, the Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA/CH) in Bearded Collies.

This test is offered by Optigen ( and further details can be obtained directly from them.

Copies of all future test certificate results issued by Optigen will be sent directly to the Kennel Club, where the test result will be added to the dog's registration details 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 and 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 be recorded although the owner of the dog will need to forward a copy of the DNA certificate 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

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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