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New DNA Testing Schemes for Schnauzers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks


The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes:

  1. For dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart condition that results in inefficient pumping of the blood, in Schnauzers,
  2. For juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) in Rhodesian Ridgebacks

A list of laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from, and which labs will send results direct to the Kennel Club, can be found on the worldwide DNA testing list..

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: ‚ÄúThese DNA tests will help to enable breeders of Schnauzers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks to eradicate these conditions in their respective breeds, so we would encourage anyone breeding, or thinking of breeding, to utilise the tests now available to protect and improve the health of these breeds”.

More information can be found on The Kennel Club website.

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