Stud Dogs Need DNA Test Before Sex

Australian purebred dogs will soon need genetic identity papers to prove their pedigree and show if they carry hereditary diseases. Only dogs used for breeding stock will need this genetic stud book and not purebred show dogs or the average pet poodle, according to the Australian National Kennel Council. Testing will be introduced in stages, before it becomes mandatory in January 2008. The move towards genetic testing, which was made at the ANKC’s recent annual conference in Sydney, is aimed at confirming dogs’ parentage and reducing the incidence of hereditary disease in purebreds

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