Five new breeds will be eligible for CombiBreed health test packages from 17 September, providing a simplified process for canine genetic health testing for the benefit of both dog breeders and owners. The test packages are designed to help eradicate some of the most concerning genetic disorders facing certain breeds.
The new tests are now available for the Alaskan Malamute, Leonberger, Norwegian Buhund, Papillon and Poodle (Miniature).
CombiBreed health test packages simplify the process of genetic testing by using a single cheek swab to check a dog’s DNA for markers associated with a number of different inherited disorders. By making genetic testing more accessible it will help responsible breeders work towards eradicating these conditions and will encourage first time breeders to make the health of the puppies they breed a priority.
Results from these tests will automatically be registered on the dog’s record and will be freely available on The Kennel Club website, allowing puppy buyers to check if the dog they are thinking of buying has come from health-tested parents. The packages are already available for 61 other breeds and are priced between £50 to £135 (with a 10 percent discount for Kennel Club Assured Breeders), allowing breeders cost-effective access to the most impactful genetic health tests without the need to carry out each one individually, with results that are easy to interpret.