The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme
for Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis (HFH) in Irish
Terriers, following consultation with breed
Hyperkeratosis (Cracked Pad) is a defect which is very rare in
Irish Terriers, the incidence of which has reduced in recent years
due to the dedication of responsible breeders.
The laboratories that the Kennel Club is able to record results
from can be found by referring to its worldwide DNA testing list at
From this list, copies of all future test certificate results
issued by Laboklin and Animal DNA Diagnostics will be sent directly
to the Kennel Club. Results from the other laboratories
mentioned can be recorded upon owner submission.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club is
constantly reviewing DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed
clubs to ensure that breeders are able to continue breeding healthy
"This particular condition is very rare in Irish Terriers these
days because of the hard work of responsible breeders, and we are
pleased to announce this new DNA test which will further help
breeders make informed decisions when it comes to breeding, enable
potential puppy buyers to be aware of issues which could affect
their chosen breed, and ultimately protect and maintain the health
of the breed.
"The Kennel Club continues to work alongside breed clubs and breed
health coordinators, in a collaborative effort to improve the
health of pedigree dogs and we are 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."
Test results will be added to the dog's registration details which
will trigger the publication of the 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 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.