DNA screening schemes and results

The Kennel Club, in conjunction with a number of other organisations and the breed clubs concerned, run DNA screening schemes for many breeds. The DNA tests used in these schemes can accurately identify clear, carrier and affected dogs, and can be used by breeders to effectively eliminate undesirable disease genes in their stock. 

Breeds which currently have DNA tests recorded and published by the KC, together with further information on the specific conditions, lists of laboratories and results can be found via the links below (note that breeds have been split into alphabetical listing). 

Please  note -  prcd-PRA and CEA/CH carry patents exclusively licensed to OptiGen which means that only results issued by OptiGen for these tests can be recorded by the Kennel Club. However, some other laboratories may have a sublicence to carry out these two tests on their behalf, or who send samples to OptiGen for testing in the USA (these laboratories are asterisked (*) on the worldwide list). Please refer to the laboratory websites for further information.

 

Identification required for recording DNA test results

From 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on the Kennel Club's database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate. It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted. This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.

 

Using DNA test results to breed responsibly

For advice on how to breed responsibly from a DNA tested dog, please read our DNA testing breeding advice page. Alternatively, to view the health test results of dogs tested under any of the kennel club's official testing schemes, please see the Health Test Results Finder on Mate Select.

 

Information about other DNA tests not listed here

Not all DNA tests available for breeds are recorded by the Kennel Club, however you can find a list of worldwide DNA tests here, split into breeds (available as PDF downloads):

 

Getting other DNA tests added as official Kennel Club screening schemes

Applications to add new health related DNA tests will be considered upon a formal request from a Breed Council, or at the request from the majority of the Breed Clubs or following a request from the breed's Health Coordinator acting on behalf of the clubs. For further details please contact us at hbs@thekennelclub.org.uk.

 

Disclaimer: The Kennel Club is an information resource and publishes the results of DNA single gene health tests from the respective testing laboratory.

A DNA single gene health test is an absolute test. The accuracy of a test result is reliant upon and is the responsibility of both the owner of the dog submitting the correct sample and the testing laboratory complying with its standard operating procedures.

All dog owners confirm and release the Kennel Club from any and all liability resulting from the publication of a test result relating to a particular dog. The Kennel Club publish results on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any representations or warranties of any kind.

The Kennel Club excludes liability to the extent it is legally entitled to do so (including indirect, consequential or incidental damages) in respect of any decision made or action taken or not taken in reliance upon information provided by the DNA singe gene health test results published.

All test results may be used for research purposes.
In using the information from the DNA singe gene health test result, users accept all the conditions set out above.

Note: Upon request and at its discretion the Kennel Club may require a test to be retaken to confirm a clear result

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