Screening Scheme Description

DNA test - SN
Sensory Neuropathy

Details about the disease

Sensory neuropathy is a progressive disease that causes a deterioration of the sensory nerves. Affected dogs usually begin to show signs of the disease from between the age of two to seven months old. The chances of survival for this condition are small as there are currently no effective treatments available. Affected dogs will often be euthanised before two years old, due to severe neurological effects.

Clinical signs

Signs of this condition may include poor coordination, loose or limp joints, the dog appearing not to spatially aware where their limbs are, knuckling of the feet, an apparent lack of sensation or pain in their limbs, chewing or excessively licking their paws or legs, urinary incontinence and regurgitation.

How it is 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?

A list of laboratories and DNA tests can be found at the following link

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 information on the following link

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 official Kennel Club DNA testing schemes for any dog on the Kennel Club’s breed register. To access this free health tool, please follow this link


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