Getting started with health testing and screening

Golden Retriever at the vets

Advice for your breed

Find out which health tests or schemes are relevant to your breed in our Breeds A to Z. These recommendations are suggested by breed clubs and are approved by The Kennel Club's committees.

Quick links to health resources

  • Health Test Results Finder - look up the DNA test and health scheme records, EBV (where relevant) and COI for any Kennel Club registered dog
  • Inbreeding Coefficient (CoI) - use our calculators to check how closely related two potential mates are
  • Breeds A to Z - find information about any breed, including the health schemes that breeders should be using

New to dog breeding?

If you're new to breeding, the amount of information on how to breed healthy puppies can be overwhelming. Read our step-by-step guide for first time breeders on our ready for your first litter page.

Specific health screening advice

Look up health results for other dogs

You can find the results for any DNA tests or screening schemes recorded by us on our Health Test Results Finder.

Find a health testing clinics near you

You can find a list of health testing clinics for a number of different screening schemes.

Who can I talk to about health issues in my breed?

If you have any concerns about a particular health condition in your breed, you can speak to your vet, or you could contact your breed health co-ordinator. Breed health co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed. 

You can contact your breed health co-ordinator on the health section of your breeds entry on the Breeds A to Z.

Alternatively if you have a general question, you can contact The Kennel Club's health team.

More information

Why health screen before breeding?
Testing all potential breeding stock allows you to better understand the kind of genes your dog may pass on to its offspring, giving you the information required to avoid producing puppies affected by health issues. Making informed decisions based on health test results enables you to adapt your breeding programme, selecting mates for your dog that complement them and reduce the risk of the diseases appearing in future generations.
Making balanced breeding decisions

Your breeding decisions should always be well balanced and take into consideration the qualities and compatibility of both the sire and dam that you are considering.

As well as evaluating the implications of a dog’s health screening results, there are other equally important factors to consider when deciding whether two dogs should be mated together, such as temperament, genetic diversity, conformation, the general health of the dogs etc. 

Understand more about genes and inheritance
If you'd like to find out more about how genetic conditions are inherited, what DNA is, how a gene is made and how these translate into a dog’s body, then why not read our guide on understanding canine genetics or visit The Kennel Club academy and watch our film about canine genetics.