Advice on looking for a puppy

Learn before you look

There are four DNA tests which reputable breeders carry out to ensure that they will not produce pups that will suffer from 3 eye conditions and a neurological disorder. The results of these will be clear, carrier or affected. It is essential that if carriers are bred they must only be mated to clears.

 

We have had DNA tests for up to five years now so there is no reason for any breeding dog not to have a known DNA status for each of these four conditions. Breeders have been hip scoring for many decades the average score at present is around 11-12. The lower the score the better the hips. The higher the score the worse the hip. We also have an EBV for each dog which gives an indication of the genetic component of the dogs; hip structure. An EBV of 0 is average - minus values are better than average and plus values are worse than average.

 

It is also important to look at the puppy's coefficient of inbreeding. This tells you what the risk is of the puppy inheriting two copies of a gene which may give rise to an inherited condition in the future. The average COI is 7.6%. Higher than this is a greater risk, lower than this reduces the risk. Each parent should have an annual eye certificate which as its name suggests has to be renewed annually.

 

Prospective puppy purchasers should discuss these tests with the breeder and ask to see the certificates.

 

All these results are published by the Kennel and the prospective owner can find them on the KC web site under Health Test Results. They will need the KC registered names of both parents to access these results.

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Mrs C Allen (Balderstone) Yorkshire

01430 861468 bladerstone@rocketmail.com

 

Mr M & Mrs V Davies (Pinrow) Cambridgeshire

01353 861048 mikeandvita@tesco.net

 

Mrs Angela Draper Andrews (Lasang) Liphook, Hants

01428 724430 info@ttdogs.co.uk

 

Miss S. Dykes (Kashi) Glasgow

01355 303448 sue@kashidogs.co.uk

 

Mrs K Guziolek (Boshanti) Herefordshire

01544 231839 boshanti@aol.com

 

Mrs M Hamshere (Ludgate) Sandhurst, Berkshire

01252 879915 mhamsherek9@btinternet.com

 

Mrs A and Miss G Hearne (Snowanda) Buckinghamshire

07784 546949 gem22@hotmail.co.uk

 

Mrs J. Honey (Khyibrang) Northants

07919 894665 jackie@honeymail.org

 

Msrs M. James & G. Davies (Waterley) Northants

01536 762111 waterley@f2s.com

 

Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Tazique) Bristol

0117 2793401 opsey1@aol.com

 

Mrs Elaine Laffling (Taxiki) Suffolk

07964 142215 e.laffling@live.co.uk

 

Mr Leigh & Mrs Beverley Perkins (Beavermeadow) Lincolnshire

01673 849958 info@apothecary.company

 

Ms M Pettit (Rogspa) North Yorkshire

01748 810545 mary.pettit@btinternet.com

 

Mrs Sharon Rose (Sanchara) Essex

01621 816659 Sharon.dawson10@btinternet.com

 

Mrs Anne Ward (Anjimalsea) Blackpool

01253 356693 anjimalsea@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Mrs S Summers (Remmus) Warwikshire

01455 212603 debbie.summers@virgin.net

 

Mrs Linda White (Trytez) Kent

07940 441817 lindamanager@live.co.uk

 

Mrs K Willoughby (Palshar) Leicetershire

01530 243099 thingsbling@aol.com