New DNA testing scheme for English Springer Spaniel

Following consultation with the Health Coordinators on behalf of the English Springer Spaniel Breed Clubs, the Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS), offered by Antagene.

AMS is a rare autosomal-recessive genetic sensory neuropathy of dogs that results in constant pines-and-needles sensation in the feet - which, in turn, leads the dogs to licking and chewing to the point of severely damaging their paws. Auto-amputation of claws, digits and footpads can occur in severe cases and, as there is no cure, dogs affected often need to be put to sleep on humane grounds.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, “The Kennel Club is constantly reviewing DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are able to continue breeding healthy dogs. 

“The English Springer Spaniel is the fifth most popular breed in the UK and this new DNA test for the breed 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 English Springers.”

Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details, and published 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".

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 a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge.  You can send any DNA test certificates to Health & Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB or scan and email copies of the certificates to hbs@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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