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New DNA testing schemes

AT THE request of the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain, the Kennel Club has recently approved an official DNA testing scheme for prcd-PRA. In addition, at the request of the British Manchester Terrier Club, a DNA testing scheme for von Willebrands (vWD) disease has also been approved.

Both tests are offered by American laboratories; the test for prcd-PRA is offered by OptiGen ( and the vWD test by VetGen ( Further details can be obtained directly from the laboratories themselves.

Copies of all future test certificates issued by both companies will automatically 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.

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 Department, The Kennel Club, 1 - 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.
For further information on these schemes please contact Professor Jeff Sampson at

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