The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for progressive retinal atrophy in papillons, following consultation with the Papillon Breed Council on behalf of the breed clubs.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is an inherited disorder characterised by the bilateral degeneration of the retina, causing progressive vision loss and, ultimately, resulting in blindness.

The Pap-PRA1 test is offered by OptiGen in the USA and Laboklin in the UK

Copies of all future test certificate results issued by these 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, 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 under the approved schemes can also be recorded, but owners will need to submit copies of the DNA certificates 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.

  • Owners should 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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