CombiBreed Health Test Packages

Brought to you by the Kennel Club in partnership with Weatherbys.

 

DNA tests allow you to better understand your dog’s genetics. If you're thinking of breeding from your dog, then knowing more about their DNA can help you take steps to reduce the risk of breeding puppies affected by the most significant inherited conditions.

One price, one swab, multiple tests

Our CombiBreed health test packages offer you a simple and cost-effective way to carry out a number of priority DNA tests all from one swab, saving you time, effort and money.

CombiBreed offers all the significant and relevant DNA tests, helping to show your puppy buyers that you prioritise the health and welfare of the puppies you breed.

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Removing the confusion of which tests to select for your breed

Doing the right thing and testing your dog for all your breed’s recommended DNA tests can often involve arranging several different individual tests from a range of laboratories, making it time consuming, expensive and sometimes confusing.

CombiBreed – making it easier to breed responsibly

By using only one sample of your dog’s DNA to simultaneously check for a number of different genetic mutations, we can lower the cost of testing, making it quicker, cheaper and simpler than organising individual tests from several different laboratories.

What sets CombiBreed apart from the rest?

  • Our CombiBreed health test packages identify whether your dog has any genetic material linked to a range of the most significant inherited conditions specific to your breed*. We work with researchers, vets and experts from breed clubs to determine which health tests are the most important for each breed and we collaborate with our trusted scientific partner, Wheatherbys, to bring you a quality and trusted service in a largely unregulated industry.
  • We provide you with simple to use breeding advice, helping you make informed decisions about the types of mates that would be genetically compatible with your dog for each test result.
  • Results are automatically and quickly published on the Kennel Club’s Mate Select, demonstrating to potential puppy buyers and other breeders that you are a breeder that prioritises the health of the puppies you breed.

How much does it cost?

Regardless of your breed, the CombiBreed health test package costs £135 (incl VAT).

Kennel Club Assured Breeders are given a 10% discount, with the package costing £121.50 (incl VAT). Your dog’s results will be emailed to you and a certificate will be emailed soon after.

Which breeds have a CombiBreed health test package?

Currently health test packages are available for the following breeds:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Beagle
  • Border Collie
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chinese Crested
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Rough Collie
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Find out more about which tests are included as part of each breed’s health test package.

Why were these breeds selected for CombiBreed?         

Currently, health test packages are only available for a limited number of breeds. These were selected because they are popular and have several different DNA tests. We selected these breeds to encourage breeders to health screen their dogs and therefore maximise the number of healthy puppies bred from DNA tested parents. In time, it is likely that more breeds will be added to CombiBreed.

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How to take DNA from your dog

To take a sample of DNA from your dog we will send you a small brush, known as a mouth swab, which you can use to gently rub the inside of your dog’s cheek, causing loose cheek cells to stick to the bristles. This is completely painless and non-invasive. The swab is then returned to the laboratory, where the cheek cells are broken open and the DNA is analysed.

 

*Some health test packages may include tests that may not be a priority in the breed, but we are collecting data for research purposes to monitor conditions that are "under surveillance", results will be given to you, but may not be published on Mate Select.

 

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