DNA test - LOA (Late onset ataxia)

Details about the disease

Late onset ataxia is characterised by worsening incoordination and loss of balance, which can make everyday tasks and moving difficult. There is no treatment for this condition and affected dogs are often put to sleep around two years after onset.

Clinical signs

Affected dogs begin showing signs between 6 and 12 months of age. These signs can include changes in the way the dog walks (often weaving of the hind limbs) and some difficulty balancing.

How is it inherited?

The disease is caused by a mutation in the CAPN1 gene. 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 LOA 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

Kennel Club CombiBreed (UK)

Available as part of an all-on one health test package for:

  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Parsons Russell Terrier
Read more about CombiBreed
AHT (UK) The AHT closed down on 31 July and no longer offers this test.
Web:
www.aht.org.uk
Animal DNA Diagnostics (UK) Phone: 01223 395577
Email: Animal DNA Diagnostics
Web: www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk
Laboklin (UK) Phone: 0161 282 3066
Email: Laboklin
Web: www.laboklin.co.uk
Pet Genetics Lab (UK) 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

Genomia (Czech Republic)
Available for Parsons Russell Terriers only

Email: Genomia

Web: www.genomia.cz
MyDogDNA (Finland) Email: MyDogDNA
Web: www.mydogdna.com
Paw Print Genetics 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.