A new official DNA testing scheme for progressive retinal atrophy (rcd4) in the Gordon Setter has been approved by The Kennel Club following consultation with relevant breed clubs. This test is offered by the Animal Health Trust.

A new official DNA testing scheme for progressive retinal atrophy (rcd4) in the Gordon Setter has been approved by The Kennel Club following consultation with relevant breed clubs.
 
Gordon setter. Image courtesy Hans-Jörg Hellwig.This test is offered by the Animal Health Trust and further details can be obtained from them by contacting dnatesting@aht.org.uk
 
Progressive retinal atrophy is a well-recognised inherited condition that many breeds of dog are predisposed to. The condition is characterised by bilateral degeneration of the retina
which causes progressive vision loss that culminates in total blindness.

AHT research indicates rcd4 is the most common form of PRA among Gordon Setters and the development of this test should enable breeders to slowly decrease its frequency in their lines.

Copies of all future test results issued by the AHT 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 any future progeny.
 
Owners who have already had their dog(s) DNA tested for this condition may send copies of the test certificate into the Kennel Club and the data will be added to the dog’s registration details.

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.
 
For further information on this new scheme contact Prof Jeff Sampson at jeff.sampson@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Gordon setter photos courtesy Hans-Jörg Hellwig
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