Following consultation with breed clubs, the Kennel Club has approved official DNA testing schemes for collie eye anomaly (CEA/CH) in bearded collies, and another for degenerative myelopathy (DM) in the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

The CEA/CH test is offered by Optigen and further details can be obtained directly from them. The DM test is offered in the UK by Laboklin, although results from other laboratories will be considered for acceptance upon application.
Copies of all future test certificate results issued by the laboratories will be sent directly to the Kennel Club where the test result will be added to the dog’s registration details, which will trigger the publication of the test 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.

Results for dogs already tested can be recorded, although the owner of the dog will need to forward a copy of the DNA certificate themselves. 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.

  • DNA test certificates should be sent to Health & Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.
  • Alternatively, scan and email copies of the certificates to

    Images © Diane Pearce Collection & Kennel Club Picture Library.
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