DNA test - Cone degeneration

Details about the disease

This disease causes day blindness due to retinal cone degeneration. Cones in the retina are cells that respond mainly to bright daylight. Unlike PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), cone degeneration does not affect night vision.

Clinical signs

Signs of vision problems are noticeable between 8 and 12 weeks of age. Exposure to bright light will be irritating or painful, but their vision in dim light remains normal.

How is it inherited?

The disease is described as an autosomal-recessive condition. This means that a dog must inherit two copies of an abnormal gene (one from its mother and one from its father) before its health is affected. A dog that inherits only one copy of the abnormal gene (from its mother or its father) will have no signs of the disease, but will be a carrier and may pass the gene on to any offspring.

Which laboratories test for this condition?

Two lists of laboratories that test for cone degeneration can be found below.

Laboratories that send a copy of your dog's results straight to The Kennel Club, so you don't have to.
Laboratories Contact details
Animal DNA Diagnostics Phone: 01223 395577
Email: Animal DNA Diagnostics
Web: www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk
Animal Genetics Phone: 01726 247788
Email: Animal Genetics
Web: www.animalgenetics.eu
Laboklin Phone: 0161 282 3066
Email: Laboklin
Web: www.laboklin.co.uk
Pet Genetics Lab Phone: 01624 679 720
Email: Pet Genetics Lab
Web: www.petgeneticslab.co.uk  

Where will your dog's results be published?

DNA test results from these laboratories are sent directly to The Kennel Club and are recorded on to the dog's record in the registration database, and are published:

Laboratories that do not send a copy of your dog's results to The Kennel Club. You'll need to do this yourself.
Laboratories Contact details
Genetic Technologies (Australia) Web: www.animalnetwork.com.au
MyDogDNA (Finland) Email: MyDogDNA
Web: www.mydogdna.com
Paw Print Genetics (USA) Email: Paw Print Genetics
Web: www.pawprintgenetics.com

How to submit DNA test results to The Kennel Club

The laboratories listed above do not send your dog's DNA test results to The Kennel Club. To have these results placed on your dog's record please submit them yourself by scanning and emailing them to our health results team.

What we require on the results certificate

Please note that we require at least two forms of identification on the result certificate. These must include the dog's microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog's registered name or registered number. Results without these details cannot be accepted by us.

Where will your dog's results be published once you have submitted them?

DNA test results received by The Kennel Club are recorded on to the dog's record in the registration database, and are published:

How to responsibly breed from your DNA-tested dog

If, once your dog is DNA tested, you would like to find out what their DNA test results mean, or how to select the right mate to avoid producing affected puppies, then please read our breeding advice and DNA testing information.

How to find out if a potential mate has been DNA tested

The Kennel Club’s Health Test Results Finder allows you to find the results of DNA tests carried out as part of The Kennel Club's official DNA testing schemes for any dog on The Kennel Club’s Breed Register.