IRISH SETTER CLUB OF SCOTLAND

IRISH SETTER CLUB OF SCOTLAND Guidelines in relation
to Control and Elimination of PRA rcd~4

 

The committee of the ISCS would offer the following guidance to our membership with regard to the above

 

No Irish Setters should be bred from until their own PRA rcd~4 status is known.

In relation to the way forward for our members we would, at present, offer the following advice in relation to PRA rcd~4, when breeding.

 

CLEAR    TO  CLEAR    can only produce  CLEAR offspring.

CARRIER  TO  CLEAR:  will produce 50% CARRIER and 50% CLEAR offspring.

These figures would not necessarily be replicated in any one litter and is a statistical average

AFFECTED  TO  CLEAR:    will produce 100% CARRIER offspring

CARRIER TO CARRIER: will produce 25% AFFECTED: 50% CARRIERS: 25% CLEAR offspring.

These figures would not necessarily be replicated in any one litter and is a statistical average

AFFECTED TO CARRIER: will produce 50% AFFECTED and 50% CARRIER offspring.

These figures would not necessarily be replicated in any one litter and is a statistical average

AFFECTED  TO  AFFECTED : will produce 100% AFFECTED and such matings would NOT be supported by I.S.C.S.

 

Before being entered into, all proposed matings, which will produce anything other than CLEAR or CARRIER offspring should be given SERIOUS, CAUTIOUS, consideration by BOTH Stud Dog owner and Breeder.

The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage breeders to behave competently, responsibly and calmly in eliminating PRA rcd~4 from their breeding stock over a number of generations without sacrificing the highest quality from the breed.

Where puppies are born from a mating which it is known will produce other than CLEAR status, breeders should ensure that all clients are made totally aware of the implications, if any, for those puppies, confirm this in writing and endorse registrations where applicable.

For clarity, the term AFFECTED means the dog carried 2 copies of the PRA rcd~4 gene.  The dog will not NECESSARILY become blind as the Late Onset components of this condition may not afflict the dog in it’s natural lifetime.

However, where a dog has been DNA tested as “Affected” it is advised that owners have the dogs sight checked regularly throughout it’s lifetime by a KC/BVA approved ophthalmologist so that any changes that need to be made to ensure the dogs quality of life can be made timeously.

 

 

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