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Health testing

Required &  Recommended tests

The Breed Council makes recommendations to the KC for tests that should be "Required" or "Recommended" within their Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS). Breed Club members are also expected to follow these principles in order to comply with our Code of Ethics. Other tests are recommended by the Breed Council but are not yet within the ABS.

Required tests

KC ABS Requirements

  • Cord1 PRA DNA test for all 3 varieties of Miniature Dachshund

  • Lafora DNA test for Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund

Recommended tests

Breed Council recommendations

  • IVDD X-ray screening for all 6 varieties

  • KC/BVA/ISDS Clinical Eye Examination for all 6 varieties

  • NPHP4 PRA DNA test for Wires and Mini Wires with Scandinavian pedigrees

Optional tests

Other relevant tests

  • Cardiac testing for Standard Wires

  • Patella testing for all Miniatures

  • Dapple (Merle) gene DNA testing if in doubt about hidden merle breeding