Epilepsy Research at Helsinki University

Hannes Lohi and his team at Helsinki University are carrying out  research  into epilepsy in Irish  Setters. Below is a statement from Lotta Koskinen who is involved:


Kennel Club/Animal Health Trust Genotyping Project

Lay Summary

The Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust are undertaking a project aimed at streamlining the way in which we screen DNA from dogs for mutations that cause inherited diseases and also the way in which we identify individual dogs, using their DNA. 

Health Review 2012


Saying Goodbye

The loss of a beloved companion can be the worst part of owning a pet. And when that tragedy is because of an unexpected and premature death through illness, the feelings of loss and grief are magnified. At such times one often feels that one’s pet has suffered enough and burial or cremation will allow closure. At that time the thought of a post mortem examination is anathema to many owners.

Health Screening Schemes and DNA Tests Available to Irish Setter Breeders.

There are several health screening schemes which can help breeders to detect some inherited diseases and DNA tests which identify the presence or absence of disease genes.

BVA/KC Health Schemes

2011 Breed Health Survey

Online Survey Results

DNA Testing and Autosomal Recessive Genes

Certain inherited conditions are caused by autosomal recessive genes that are faulty and this means that puppies need to inherit one copy of the faulty gene from each parent to develop the condition; both dog and bitch puppies can be affected.

PRA rcd4

The Kennel Club PRA rcd4 Register is updated at the beginning of each month


For pedigrees go to www.hooley-irish-setters.co.uk/search.html 


Breed Health Committee

Breed Health Committee

For several  years, the health of pure-bred dogs has been in the spotlight and the UK Kennel Club requested that each recognised breed appoint a health committee to examine health issues in the breed. The committee was set up with health representatives from the eight Irish Setter Breed Clubs in the United Kingdom. Rita Bryden, as KC Breed Liaison Officer also attends and participates in discussions and we have an independent Chairman, Professor Edward J Hall MA, Vet MB, PhD, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS

Archiving DNA

Archiving DNA – Why Do It And What Does It Entail?

An increasing number of breed clubs are establishing DNA banks, or archives, to store DNA from dogs that are alive today for the benefit of the breed in the future. The Canine Genetics group at the Animal Health Trust offers  DNA Archiving facilities for Irish Setters. This article answers frequently asked questions about what a DNA archive is, what the benefits are and what information needs to accompany each DNA sample for the archive to be of maximum benefit.