The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for Factor VII deficiency (FVIID) and Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome (IGS) in beagles.

DNA tests help breeders make informed decisions

FVIID is a blood clotting disorder that causes excessive or prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery, while IGS is the inability to absorb adequate levels of dietary cobalamin (vitamin B12) through the gut.

Both schemes were approved following consultation with the beagle health coordinator on behalf of the breed clubs. 

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The Kennel Club is constantly reviewing DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are able to continue breeding healthy dogs, so we welcome these two tests for beagles which will help do this.

“DNA tests help breeders make informed decisions when it comes to breeding, enable potential puppy buyers to be aware of issues which could affect their chosen breed, and ultimately protect and maintain the health of the breed.”

A list of laboratories the club is able to record results from can be found on the worldwide DNA testing list. Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details, which will trigger the publication of the result in the next available breed records supplement. The result will appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog, and also on the Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website.

If required, a new registration certificate with the DNA result on it will be issued free of charge. Send any DNA test certificates to Health & Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB or scan and email copies of the certificates to

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