Official DNA testing schemes for multi-drug resistance (MDR1) and Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome (IGS) in border collies have been approved by the Kennel Club.

IGS is a genetic disorder that manifests as a failure to absorb cobalamin (vitamin B12) through the intestine. Lack of cobalamin leads to changes in the hematopoietic system and to neurological symptoms due to irreversible damage of the brain and nervous system.

Both schemes have been approved following consultation with the Border Collie Breed Council and the health coordinator for the breed.

Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “We are pleased to be announcing these two new DNA tests for border collies, which will 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.”

To find out which laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from, refer to the worldwide DNA testing list.

From this list, copies of all future test certificate results issued by the Animal Health Trust, Laboklin and Animal DNA Diagnostics will be sent directly to the Kennel Club. Results from the other laboratories mentioned can be recorded upon owner submission.

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.

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