The eradication of hip and elbow dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers has taken a step forward with the launch of a new study.

This developmental disease – for which there is no cure – affects up to one in five Labrador Retrievers, often causing pain, dislocation of the joints and leading to lameness.

Scientists from the Animal Health Trust, The Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh have launched a study with the aim of creating a non-invasive, DNA-based diagnostic test that will allow breeders to assess genetic risk for hip and elbow dysplasia in their dogs.

To collect information for the study a simple questionnaire is being sent, through The Kennel Club, to owners of Kennel Club registered Hip Scored Labrador Retrievers born between 2004 and 2007. 

For more details about participating in the study, visit the Animal Health Trust website at


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