Official Kennel Club DNA Testing Scheme
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA)
PRA is a disease that causes the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time, the result is declining vision and eventual blindness. Progressive rod-cone degeneration (prcd) is just one type of PRA that has been found in the Giant Schnauzer. A DNA test for this type of PRA only is available via:
This DNA test can be completed either by simple cheek swabs posted back to the appropriate lab or a blood sample taken by your vet, see the test providers websites for more information.
This type of DCM is a serious and often fatal heart condition diagnosed in young Giant Schnauzers, which causes swelling of the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). The heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced, since the heart becomes enlarged and can no longer beat effectively. Testing of a UK Giant diagnosed with DCM, found the same mutation as presented in Standard Schnauzers.
Giant Schnauzer breeders may order the DCM test through the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) by visiting www.offa.org
More information about DCM can be found on the link above.