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Yes Eva its true, we'll be able to download the forms from the AHT website and send them in with the blood samples; think it will be £48 ^per dog as with the Gordons;
Now time for the clubs to decide a policy to follow; I fear we're going to have more carriers than we think!!
Perhaps an idea to follow the example of the English Cocker Spaniels - as the KC is now doing for the Gordon Setters; no point in panicking; Just an idea.
Does anyone know the statistics for LOPRA in Gordons? I am sure someone has mentioned it somewhere but I have looked and failed to find it. At least we will soon be able to find out the level of it in Irish. Let us hope it is not as far reaching as people think it might be.
The most recent list of test results for LOPRA in Gordons is at
I havent counted them exactly, but it looks like about half of the tested Gordons are clear , and about about half are either carriers or affected.
Notable is that some of the dogs who were initially thought to be clear after testing by BVA eye panel specialists, have turned out to be affected by DNA test
So dont rely on the current BVA eye tests by inspection to give a reliable result
I have the information from AHT.
This mutation test is currently available for the Gordon setter breed ( www.aht.org.uk/genetics_prarcd4.html ), and will become available to the Irish setter through our genetic services team after August 1st.
After the release date the test can be purchased via the service teams online webshop ( www.ahtdnatesting.co.uk ).