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KC announces ABS updates

Issue: 22/11/2019

The Kennel Club has announced the most recent updates to the breed-specific health testing and screening schedule for the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS), aimed to further improve dog health and responsible breeding.
The most recent updates come into effect immediately. However, existing Assured Breeders have a period of grace of six months in order to comply with any new requirements.
Breed specific updates are as follows:
Beagle Add recommendation of DNA testing for Lafora’s disease
Braque D’Auvergne (Imp) Add requirement of hip scoring, Add recommendation of eye testing – annual, Add recommendation of bitches under 2 years not to produce a litter
Bullmastiff Add requirement of hip scoring (upgraded from recommendation), Add recommendation of elbow grading
French Bulldog Add requirement of respiratory function grade testing
Leonberger Add requirement of elbow grading (upgraded from recommendation), Add requirement of eye testing for PLA, Add recommendation of DNA testing for LNP1, LNP2 and LEMP
Miniature Schnauzer Add requirement of DNA testing for MAC
Papillon Add requirement of DNA testing for pap-PRA1
Pug Add requirement of respiratory function grade testing, Add recommendation of participation in the Pug Breed Council health scheme
Retriever (Labrador)
Add requirement of elbow grading (upgraded from recommendation)
Spaniel (Cocker)
Add requirement of DNA testing for AMS and AON (upgraded from recommendation)
Spaniel (Irish Water)
Add recommendation of eye testing – annual
More information can be found at bit.ly/376P23n.


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