The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing
schemes for Factor VII deficiency (FVIID) and Imerslund-Grasbeck
syndrome (IGS) in Beagles, following consultation with the Beagle
Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.
A list of laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results
from can be found on the worldwide DNA testing list at
From this list, copies of all future test certificate results
issued by the Animal Health Trust, Laboklin and Animal DNA
Diagnostics will be sent directly to the Kennel Club. Results from
the other laboratories listed can be recorded upon owner
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
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
dogs, so we welcome these two tests for Beagles which will help do
"DNA tests 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."
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.