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New DNA schemes for Shelties

At the request of the Shetland Sheepdog Breed Council, the Kennel Club has recently approved three new official DNA testing schemes for the breed.

Von Willebrands disease type V111 and Ivermectin sensitivity MDR1 will be availale for the breed from Optigen and Laboklin.

As from 1 January, copies of all future test certificates issued by these laboratories for these diseases will be sent directly to the Kennel Club, where the test result will be added to the dog’s details on the registration database. This will trigger the publication of the test result in the next available Breed Records Supplement, and the result will also appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog.
Further details can be obtained from them at and

Owners who have already had their dog(s) DNA tested for these conditions can send copies of the test certificate into the Kennel Club and the data will be added to the dog’s registration details. In addition, if the owner includes the original registration certificate for the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge. Please send the DNA test certificates to:

Health & Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, 1 – 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB
For further information on this scheme please contact Professor Jeff Sampson at

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