UK - Testing Protocols:
The recommendation is that the sire and dam should have the following tests prior to mating:
Blood and Urinalysis in accordance with the Testing Protocols
2Eye tested (eye certificate - issued annually).
2Hip scored (this need only be done once in a dog’s lifetime).
Degenerative Myelopathy Test (DM) (Optional)
Genetic PLN-Associated Variant Genes Test (this need only be done once in a dog’s lifetime). UK swabs are available from the Health Team of the SCWTC of GB.
PLN - Understanding Breeding Combinations (a Breeders Tool - pdf)
2 These are part of the British Veterinary Association Health (BVA) Schemes, go to the appropriate BVA page on their web site.
The UK Kennel Club offer a facility to check the health tests which the sire and dam have recorded with them. Click this mateselect link for more information
See also Testing Puppies and Hip Dysplasia pages for further relevant information.
A valuable resource for pedigree and health data is the SCWTCA Endowment Inc. database - details of which can be found on this page.
USA – Testing Protocols:
SCWTCA members must follow the requirements of the SCWTCA Code of Ethics
Blood and urinalysis in accordance with the ‘Testing Protocols – Adult Dogs’
Fecal API - Breeders who are concerned about PLE may want to consider doing annual fecal API but should be aware there are situations in which the test can produce a false positive result. Please refer to SCWTCA Endowment Inc. Web site.
PLN-Associated Variant Genes Test (this need only be done once in a dog’s lifetime) - information on SCWTCA website
Hip & Eye testing (including Microphthalmia optional)
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) optional
All Countries - PLN-Associated Variant Genes Test:
No matter the result of your dog’s DNA test, health testing, at least annually is still advised.
If your dog’s results are Heterozygous (i.e. having 1 copy of the variant alleles), in addition to regular blood and urine screening tests, beginning at age 2-4 years a UPC (or MA if in USA), might be checked every 6 months. If abnormalities are found, further testing is warranted.
If your dog’s results are Homozygous Positive (i.e. having 2 copies of the variant alleles), in addition to regular blood and urine screening tests, beginning at age 2 years a UPC (or MA if in USA), is recommended minimally every 6 months. If abnormalities are found, further testing is warranted.
If you have not had DNA testing done, it is recommended you follow the guidelines for a Homozygous Positive dog. For more information on DNA testing visit the DNA testing page