Canine DNA Testing Instructions and Forms

DNA Testing for routine testing of any dog - In order to focus more attention on our research projects and the development of new DNA tests for a variety of inherited diseases, we have partnered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to offer the routine DNA screening tests for any dog. Puppies as young as 3 weeks old can be tested. The acutal test is run in our lab at the University of Missouri, but all ordering, reporting, and customer service is handled by the staff at OFA.

The following tests are now available through partnership with OFA:

Tests offered through OFA will not require a blood sample, but can be run using DNA collected using a kit which can be ordered online. DNA is collected using a special swab to gather cells from the buccal surface - the moist inner surface of the cheek inside the mouth. After collecting the cells, the swab is pressed onto a card with a specially treated surface which transfers the DNA to the card and makes it very stable at normal temperatures. The card is then sent by regular mail to the address supplied in the kit. After the test is run, results are emailed to you and a certificate is mailed. The cost of these tests is $65, and use of this testing technology eliminates the cost to collect and send blood samples requiring special handling and overnight delivery. In addition, this testing fee includes automatic listing on the OFA website at no additional charge - previously, owners paid $15 to list results with OFA after receiving their results from us.

Instructions for sending samples - Please print this and take it with you to the veterinarian for sample collection.

DNA Testing Instructions

Additional Instructions for samples coming from outside the USA


Required Test Request Form - Please print the form for your breed, complete the form, attach a pedigree copy, and send with the sample and fees. ......NOTE: These tests can now be done at any age using a cheek swab to collect DNA; contact us to request kits - include your mailing address, breed, and number of kits needed (one per dog being tested). To use DNA from any other source (blood, tissue, frozen semen, etc) please print instructions above and the appropriate form for your breed below.

(Documents are in PDF format)

If you cannot print from this website, please contact us by email requesting instructions and forms to be emailed in a different format, faxed, or mailed by surface mail. Please include appropriate delivery information in the request.

List of AVAILABLE TESTS - instructions and order forms available above!

DM - Degenerative Myelopathy - test available for any breed, recommended for Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Kerry Blue Terriers, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Standard Poodles (testing offered by OFA). See DM section of this website for disease details.

L2HGA - L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Acidurea - test available for Staffordshire Bull Terriers

NCL - Neruronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis - test available for American Bulldogs (offered by OFA), Dachshunds, & now Tibetan Terriers. See NCL section of this website for disease details.

NEwS - Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures - test available for Standard Poodles (offered by OFA). See Ataxia section of this website for disease details.

PDH or PDP1 - Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Phosphatase Deficiency - test available for Clumber Spaniels and Sussex Spaniels

PFK - Phosphofructokinase Deficiency - test available for English Springer Spaniels

PLL - Primary Lens Luxation - test available for any breed, recommended for Australian Cattle Dog, Chinese Crested, Jack Russell Terrier, Jagd Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Miniature Bull Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Patterdale Terrier, Rat Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Tenterfield Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Volpino Italiano, and Welsh Terrier

PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy - test available for Dachshunds and English Springer Spaniels. See PRA section of this website for disease details.

Please note - testing is available ONLY for those breeds and diseases listed above - if your breed and the disease you are interested in are not listed here, we are still in the research phase, and the responsible mutation has not yet been identified. See the appropriate project page on this website for information on how to participate in research.