The Kennel Club has launched a range of 87 individual DNA tests to help owners and breeders protect their dogs’ health.
Developed in association with Weatherbys Scientific, a genetics laboratory in Ireland, each test package checks for genetic markers associated with breed-relevant inherited disorders.
The results will be available on The Kennel Club website, helping breeders choose health-tested mates for their dogs and allowing puppy buyers to check that the dog they want came from health-tested parents.
Owners will also be able to learn from the results if their dog is more likely to be affected by certain disorders, helping them to prepare for any potential problems that might develop as the dog gets older.
Bill Lambert, health, welfare and breeding services executive at The Kennel Club, said: “The service extends beyond testing, with results automatically uploaded to dogs’ records, saving breeders time and effort. We also provide breeding advice as an integral part of the offering, and The Kennel Club’s specialist health team are on hand to provide tailored advice over the phone or via email.
“Importantly – and uniquely – those using The Kennel Club DNA Testing Services are directly supporting canine genetic research. Through data collection and reinvestment of all funds, owners using these services are actively contributing to a collective effort to reduce the prevalence of genetic diseases in dogs.”
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