The Kennel Club has approved new DNA testing schemes for the kooikerhoundje and Entlebucher mountain dog breeds.

The kookikerhoundje (left – credit Diane Pearce Collection) and Entlebucher mountain dog.

With the kooikerhoundje, the two new testing schemes approved by The Kennel Club, following consultation with the breed health coordinator on behalf of the breed club, are for von Willebrand’s disease (vWD – type III) and hereditary necrotising myelopathy (ENM).

The vWD test is offered in the UK by Laboklin ( and future results issued by them will be forwarded to The Kennel Club. Both tests are also offered by the University of Utrecht (Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 108, 3584 CM Utrecht, The Netherlands). As copies of test results issued by the University of Utrecht are not sent directly to The Kennel Club by the laboratory, the owner of a dog will be required to submit a copy of his or her dog’s result if he or she wishes The Kennel Club to record the DNA status.

The DNA testing scheme for Entlebucher mountain dog breeds, meanwhile, is for progressive rod-cone degeneration – progressive retinal atrophy (prcd-PRA).

This test is offered by OptiGen in the US ( or via Laboklin. However, due to patent issues with the prcd-PRA test, The Kennel Club can only record results issued by OptiGen or their partner laboratories such as Laboklin. Copies of all test certificate results issued by OptiGen and Laboklin will be sent directly to The Kennel Club.

The results of all three tests will appear on any new registration certificate issued for tested dogs, as well as on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog. It will also be on the Health Test Results Finder on The Kennel Club’s website.

For more information, visit The Kennel Club’s website.

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