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The Kennel Club and Weatherbys launch CombiBreed all-in-one tests

Non-profit organisation The Kennel Club and supplier Weatherbys has launched its CombiBreed health tests packages for eight new breeds.

The tests have been created 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.”

The tests are now available for breeds such as Giant Schnauzer, Irish Setter, Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Spanish Water Dog, Standard Poodle and the Tibetan Terrier.

CombiBreed health tests 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. 

The company says 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 breeds including: 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 and the Australian Shepherd.

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