DNA schemes for Frenchies and Tollers


NEW DNA testing scheme for degenerative myelopathy (DM) in the French Bulldog and degenerative encephalopathy (DE)in Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers has been approved by the Kennel Club.

  This follows consultation with the breed health co-ordinators on behalf of the breed clubs.

  Laboratories which the KC is able to record results from, and which will send results direct to the KC, can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/breeding-for-health/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/.

  “There has been an astronomical increase in the French Bulldog’s popularity in recent years, so it’s extremely important that breeders are using available DNA tests in order to make responsible breeding decisions to further improve the health of this lovely breed,” said KC secretary Caroline Kisko.

  “DE in Tollers can cause progressive neurological issues, such as coordination problems, a sleep disorder, anxiety, hypervigilance and even aggression, and it can greatly affect the quality of an affected dog’s life. 

  “We constantly review DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are supported with tools and resources which help them to breed healthy dogs, and to help give puppy buyers the best chance of finding a healthy puppy.

  “We’re happy to accommodate a club's request to add a new DNA test to its lists, and would normally need a formal request from the breed's health co-ordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs.”

  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 KC website. Results for dogs already tested 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, a new registration certificate will be issued with the DNA result on it free of charge. DNA test certificates should be sent to Health and Breeder Services, the Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB, or scanned and emailed to hbs@thekennelclub.org.uk.