New DNA Testing Scheme for Beagles

(Kennel Club Press Release) Following consultation with the Beagle breed health coordinator, on behalf of the breed clubs, the Kennel Club has recently approved a new official DNA testing scheme for neonatal cerebellar cortical degeneration (NCCD) in this breed.

This test is offered in the UK by the Animal Health Trust and further details can be obtained directly from them.

Copies of all future test certificate results issued by the AHT will be sent directly to the Kennel Club, where the test result will be added to the dog’s registration details which will trigger the publication of the test result 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.


If a dog was DNA tested prior to May 2013, the AHT will also send these results directly to the Kennel Club provided that the owner had agreed to submission of any results.

If the owner includes the original registration certificate for the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge.

Please send any DNA test certificates to Health & Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, 1 – 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB or scan and email copies of the certificates to

The Kennel Club continues to work alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators, in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs.

The Kennel Club is happy to accommodate a club’s request to add a new DNA test to its lists and would normally need a formal request from the breed’s health coordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs.

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