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Genetic testing for dogs Owner Factsheet

Genetic testing, or DNA testing, describes a number of different types of tests that examine the DNA of the dog to determine whether particular genetic variants (mutations) are present and, hence, whether these can be passed on to offspring.  For owners, genetic testing can be a way to learn more about their dog’s health or genetic make-up. Responsible dog breeders can use these tests to help select breeding pairs to reduce risks of some inherited diseases, and also to identify desirable characteristics they would like in the puppies. Your veterinary surgeon may use genetic testing to aid in disease diagnosis, or to help determine risks of disease development.

What kinds of tests are available?

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Which tests should be used?

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Can DNA tests impact health?

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How can I access a test?

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Where can I get advice on genetic testing?

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