The Kennel Club and Weatherbys have introduced a further 38 CombiBreed health test packages, available for 41 new breeds, in order to provide a simplified process for canine genetic health testing for the benefit of both dog breeders and owners, and help to eradicate some of the most concerning genetic disorders facing certain breeds. This brings the total number of breeds eligible for the health packages to 61.
The new tests are available across both single and bundle packages for the following breeds: American Cocker Spaniel, Australian Cattle Dog, Bearded Collie, Bedlington Terrier, Boston Terrier, Briard, Bulldog, Miniature Bull Terrier, Clumber Spaniel, Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund, Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund, Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund, Dalmatian, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Laphund, German Wirehaired Pointer, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Greyhound, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Terrier, Lagotto Romagnolo, Lancashire Heeler, Miniature Poodle, Newfoundland, Norwegian Elkhound, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Toy Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Rough Collie, Russian Black Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Shar Pei, Smooth Collie, Tibetan Spaniel, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) and Welsh Terrier.
CombiBreed health test packages simplify the process of genetic testing by using a single cheek swab to check a dog’s DNA for all of the breed’s priority DNA tests. 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 recorded 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.
Originally launched in 2019, the packages are now available for 61 breeds, with these new additions joining the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Beagle, Border Collie, Chinese Crested, Australian Shepherd, Giant Schnauzer, Irish Setter, Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Spanish Water Dog, Standard Poodle and the Tibetan Terrier.
The CombiBreed health test packages are available to order directly from The Kennel Club Shop.
For more information on CombiBreed health tests packages, visit The Kennel Club website.