DNA test - HCA (Hereditary cerebellar ataxia)

Details about the disease

Hereditary cerebellar ataxia (HCA) is a condition that affects the way a dog moves. Affected dogs may show signs as early as 12 weeks of age. The condition is likely to progress and get worse as the dog gets older. Affected dogs are often euthanised due to welfare concerns.

Clinical signs

Affected dogs may have uncoordinated movements and head tremors.

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?

A list of laboratories that test for HCA 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
AHT (UK) The AHT closed down on 31 July and no longer offers this test.
Email: www.aht.org.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:

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.