Clear DNA Health Tests

Our Cocker Spaniels are DNA health tested to the highest standard for many conditions which are extremely important to the English Cocker Spaniel breed. These DNA test results will never change as our girls are 100% genetically clear for life of these conditions.

Our Girls Health Tests

Our wonderful girls have an outstanding set of clear five DNA health tests as detailed below, guaranteeing all of their offspring will be genetically clear of prcd-PRA, FN, AON, AMS and DM.

  • DNA tested for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) – CLEAR
  • DNA tested for Familial Nephropathy (FN) – CLEAR
  • DNA tested for Adult Onset Neuropathy (AON) – CLEAR
  • DNA tested for Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS) – CLEAR
  • DNA tested for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) – CLEAR

All of these DNA health tests are important as they guarantee offspring will be healthy and are the only way to prove that a dog is not a carrier or even worse affected by these conditions when breeding a litter. Therefore, our dogs are tested clear for all of these health conditions and is why we promote DNA health testing for our wonderful Cocker Spaniels as the health of our dogs and their future puppies is of paramount importance to us.

Further information for each heath test can be read below.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is an inherited disease that is relevant to many dog breeds and comes in different forms. The prcd (Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration) form of PRA causes the cells in the retina to slowly deteriorate and overtime the affected dog could potentially suffer from night blindness to complete blindness, however some affected dogs may show mild signs of sight lose. The age which a dog shows symptoms of this disease can vary but usually a young adult dog may show symptoms that will overtime deteriorate.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is relevant to many dog breeds including Cocker Spaniels therefore our Cocker Spaniels are DNA tested clear of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) for their own health and the health of their offspring. A clear DNA result ensures that our dogs are genetically clear and will never be a carrier or affected by this disease. If both parents are DNA tested clear of this condition their offspring will be 100% DNA clear. 

Familial Nephropathy (FN)

Familial Nephropathy is a fatal kidney disease which can affect English Cocker Spaniels at a young age between 6 months and 2 years. This disease can progress at differing rates and also have differing symptom, but it is ultimately fatal.

Familial Nephropathy is relevant to the English Cocker Spaniel breed therefore our Cocker Spaniels are DNA tested clear of Familial Nephropathy (FN) for their own health and the health of their offspring. A clear DNA result ensures that our dogs are genetically clear and will never be a carrier or affected by this disease. If both parents are DNA tested clear of this condition their offspring will be 100% DNA clear.

Adult Onset Neuropathy (AON)

Adult Onset Neuropathy is a inherited neurological disorder which is characterised by weakness in the hind legs, although it can eventually lead to weakness in the front legs too. This neurological disorder can affect English Cocker Spaniels at between 7 to 9 years of age, whilst the disorder will progress at differing rates it may gradually progress over 3 to 4 years.

Adult Onset Neurophathy is relevant to the English Cocker Spaniel breed therefore our Cocker Spaniels are DNA tested clear of Adult Onset Neuropathy (AON) for their own health and the health of their offspring. A clear DNA result ensures that our dogs are genetically clear and will never be a carrier or affected by this disease. If both parents are DNA tested clear of this condition their offspring will be 100% DNA clear.

Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS)

Acral Mutilation Syndrome is an inherited sensory neuropathy disorder which is characterised by insensitivity to pain in the feet/paws which can cause intense licking, and lead to biting and severe self mutilation of the paw. This disorder can affect English Cocker Spaniels at a young age between 3 to 12 months old, and can also lead to other complications such as infections, nail loss and swollen paws.

Acral Mutilation Syndrome is relevant to several dog breeds including the English Cocker Spaniel breed therefore our Cocker Spaniels are DNA tested clear of Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS) for their own health and the health of their offspring. A clear DNA result ensures that our dogs are genetically clear and will never be a carrier or affected by this disease. If both parents are DNA tested clear of this condition their offspring will be 100% DNA clear.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Degenerative Myelopathy which is also known as Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord. The disease typically affects dogs at a later age between 7 to 14 years old. It tends to start with loss of coordination in the hind limbs, muscle weakness, difficultly walking, balance problems and may lead to a leg being dragged or the dog becoming crippled as the disease progresses, which may happen over a few months to a few years.

Degenerative Myelopathy is relevant all dog breeds including Cocker Spaniels therefore our Cocker Spaniels are DNA tested clear of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) for their own health and the health of their offspring. A clear DNA result ensures that our dogs are genetically clear and will never be a carrier or affected by this disease. If both parents are DNA tested clear of this condition their offspring will be 100% DNA clear.

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