DNA test – STGD (Stargardt disease)

The DNA test for Stargardt disease can be used by breeders and owners to screen their dogs for the gene variant linked to this health condition.

What is Stargardt disease?

Stargardt disease is an inherited eye condition that gets worse as a dog gets older. This disease affects the parts of the eye that sense light (the photoreceptors), causing them to deteriorate. As the photoreceptors break down, the dog’s eyesight becomes worse in both daylight and dim light.

Symptoms of Stargardt disease

Affected dogs often develop signs of the disease before they are ten years old. These signs can include loss of vision, dilated pupils and a reduced response to light. Dogs that are affected by Stargardt disease don’t usually go completely blind, but retain some degree of vision.

What causes Stargardt disease?

Stargardt disease is an inherited condition, which means that some dogs may be more at risk of a health issue because of the genes they inherited from their parents. This particular disease is described as an autosomal-recessive condition. This means that a dog must inherit two copies of an abnormal gene (one from their mother and one from their father) before their health is affected.

Which laboratories test for this condition?

Two lists of laboratories that test for Stargardt disease 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 (UK) Phone: 01223 395577
Email: 
Animal DNA Diagnostics
Web: www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk
Canine Genetic Testing (University of Cambridge UK) Email: Canine Genetic Testing
Telephone: 01223 765 860
Website www.cagt.co.uk
Laboklin (UK) Phone: 0161 282 3066
Email: Laboklin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Web: www.laboklin.co.uk

Where will your dog's results be published?

DNA test results from these laboratories are sent directly to us 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
MyDogDNA (Finland) Email: My Dog DNA
Web: www.mydogdna.com
Paw Print Genetics (USA) Email: Paw Print Genetics
Web: www.pawprintgenetics.com
University of California (USA) Web: www.vgl.ucdavis.edu

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 the dog's record in the registration database, and are published:

Breeding advice and what your dog's results mean

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 health test results finder allows you to find the results of DNA tests carried out as part of our official DNA testing schemes for any dog on The Kennel Club’s Breed Register.