Labrador Panel - Genetic Testing

Best Kept Labs does DNA disease testing with Paw Print Genetics (PPG) for the most common diseases known to the Labrador Retriever. There are two panels, ESSENTIAL PANEL and SUPPLEMENTAL PANEL. We do all of the tests as indicated on both of the current panels at the time testing is done.  In previous years there were only eleven (11) tests available.  Today we are able to test for 20 genetic diseases and this is why results may vary on each dog’s profile.

Paw Print Genetics is based in the US in Spokane, Washington.

In our opinion, if you come across any breeder who says genetic health testing is a scam, don’t walk but RUN FAR IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! You cannot tell if a dog is a genetic carrier of a disease by just looking at them! Two carriers paired together will produce pups that will have that disease.

These are the tests Paw Print Genetics (PPG) performs for the Labrador Retriever breed as of 2021. Best Kept Labs always uses PPG canine genetics. Their due diligence and two separate independent testing of every sample significantly reduces the possibilities of an erroneous result.

Labrador Retriever Essential Panel –

  • Centronuclear Myopathy Aliases: Hereditary myopathy of the Labrador Retriever, Type II muscle fiber deficiency, CNM
  • Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (Labrador Retriever Type) Aliases: CMS
  • Exercise-Induced Collapse – Aliases: EIC
  • Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis – Aliases: HNPK
  • Macular Corneal Dystrophy (Labrador Retriever Type) Aliases: MCD
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Golden Retriever 2 – Aliases: GR-PRA2, GR2-PRA
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration Aliases: PRA-PRCD, PRCD
  • Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1 Aliases: Dwarfism with retinal dysplasia 1, Inherited retinal dysplasia, Oculoskeletal dysplasia 1, Retinal dysplasia, DRD1, OSD1, RD, RD/OSD
  • Skeletal Dysplasia 2 Aliases: Dwarfism, SD2
  • Stargardt Disease – Aliases: Juvenile Macular Degeneration, STGD
  • Cone Degeneration (Labrador Retriever Type) Aliases: Achromatopsia, Day blindness, Hemeralopia, Rod monochromacy
  • Cystinuria (Labrador Retriever Type) – Aliases: Type IA cystinuria
  • Degenerative Myelopathy – Aliases: Canine degenerative myelopathy, DM
  • Elliptocytosis
  • Hyperuricosuria Aliases: Urolithiasis, HUU
  • Ichthyosis (Golden Retriever Type)
  • Myotubular Myopathy 1 – Aliases: X-linked myotubular myopathy, MTM1, XLMTM
  • Narcolepsy (Labrador Retriever Type)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cone-Rod Dystrophy 4 Aliases: Progressive retinal atrophy – cord1, Progressive retinal atrophy – crd4, Progressive retinal atrophy – crd4/cord1, PRA-cord1, PRA-crd4, PRA-crd4/cord1
    Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (Labrador Retriever Type)
  • Aliases: Pyruvate kinase deficiency of erythrocytes, PK deficiency