DNA test - prcd-PRA (Progressive rod cone degeneration - Progressive retinal atrophy)

Details about the disease

The cells of the retina receive light from the external environment and transmit the information to the brain where it is interpreted to become vision. PRA causes cells in the retina at the back of the eye to degenerate and die, even though the cells may have developed normally early in life.

Clinical signs

Owners of affected dogs first notice that their dog becomes night blind, but this eventually progresses to total blindness. The age of onset of first signs varies from breed to breed, however, in all cases puppies are born with perfect vision and their sight begins to degenerate later in life, from around 3 years of age or later.

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 prcd-PRA 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 the:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Chinese Crested
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Standard Poodle
Read more about CombiBreed
Animal DNA Diagnostics (UK) Phone: 01223 395577
Email: Animal DNA Diagnostics
Web: www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk
Animal Genetics
(For the Barbet only)
Email: Animal Genetics
Web: www.animalgenetics.eu
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
Antagene (France) Email: Antagene
Web: www.antagene.com/en
DDC Veterinary (USA)
Only available for the following breeds:
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Australian Cattle dog
  • Australian shepherd
  • Chinese crested
  • Gian Schnauzer
  • Norwegian elkhound
  • Poodle (mini)
  • Poodle (toy)
  • Portugese water dog
  • retriever (chesapeake Bay)
  • Retriever (lab)
  • Retriever (Nova Scotia)
  • Spaniel (Cocker)
Email: DDC Veterinary
Web: www.vetdnacenter.com
Genetic Technologies (Australia) Web: www.animalnetwork.com.au
Genindexe (France) Email: Genindexe
Web: www.genindexe.com
MyDogDNA (Finland) Email: MyDogDNA
Web: www.mydogdna.com
Paw Print Genetics (USA) Email: Paw Print Genetics
Web: www.pawprintgenetics.com
Van Haeringen Email: Van Haeringen
Web: www.vhlgenetics.com/en-gb/ 

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 can not 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.