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CLAD in the Irish Setter

Canine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD) is an inherited disease in the Irish Setter and a specific DNA test has been available in the UK since 2000 to determine whether an individual dog is clear of, a carrier of or affected by CLAD.

As per the breed control scheme, that has been in place for several years, the Kennel Club would like to remind breeders that, from the 1st July 2005, the Kennel Club will only register Irish Setters that are proven clear of the CLAD mutation, either by direct DNA testing or by being hereditarily clear of CLAD, by virtue of having both parents clear of CLAD.

No CLAD carriers, affecteds or Irish Setters where the genetic status is not known will be registered after June 30th 2005. Details for the CLAD DNA Test can be obtained from Dr Nigel Holmes, The Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Hall, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7UU.