|Animal Health Trust investigation into frequencies of the mutations associated with dry eye curly coat syndrome and episodic falling in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in the UK|
In April 2011 the Animal Health Trust (AHT) was pleased to announce the launch of two new DNA tests for dry eye curly coat syndrome and episodic falling in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS). These tests have been made available as the result of genetic studies carried out at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT. To assist CKCS breeders further, we are now gathering information about the frequency of these two mutations in the current UK population. This will entail the collection and testing of DNA from a random selection of CKCS of breeding age so that we can determine the percentage of dogs carrying the mutations.
We propose collecting cheek swab samples from 200 individual dogs (20 from each of the ten regional breed clubs). Each dog will be tested free of charge for both conditions. Sampling dogs from all of the regional breed clubs provides a means of gathering data from a wide geographical area, and we would prefer that each of the 200 dogs tested has a different sire and dam to maximise the cross section of the CKCS population that we sample.
The Eastern Counties Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Society is inviting members to register an interest in taking part. The general guidelines for eligibility of dogs taking part are:
To register your interest in participating in this study, please contact your health representative , in the first instance, providing your name, address, telephone and email address. Then the name, date of birth, KC registration number, microchip #, sex, colour, sire and dam of the dog you would like to participate in the study. Peter can be contacted at .