Canine Health Schemes

  • About the Schemes

    The Canine Health Schemes (CHS), established by BVA and the Kennel Club, offers a number of health screening schemes, otherwise known as pre-breeding health checks or health testing for dogs. The schemes enable breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, helping them to make informed breeding decisions.

    The schemes can also be used as a health check for pet dogs that are likely to suffer from inherited conditions to help owners manage them throughout their lifetime.

    Our mission is to improve dog health and welfare by reducing the incidence and severity of inherited disease.

    The schemes are open to both pedigree and crossbred dogs and submissions from outside the UK are welcome.

    Healthy dogs create healthy puppies

    All pedigree and crossbred dogs can suffer from inherited diseases which are passed on from parent to puppy. For simple inherited disorders DNA testing is available, for more complex conditions there are several dog health schemes.

    Health testing and screening allows owners and breeders to screen for inherited diseases, the results can then be used to help ensure that only healthy dogs are bred from.

    Responsible breeders should always health test the dogs they plan to use for breeding. To ensure you are buying a happy and health puppy, always ask to see the relevant health test results for both parents. You can use The Puppy Contract to help you ask all the right questions.

  • Hip Dysplasia

    Find out more about the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme
  • Elbow Dysplasia

    Find out more about the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scheme
  • Hereditary Eye Disease

    Find out more about screening for Hereditary Eye Disease under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme
  • CM/SM Scheme

    Find out more about the BVA/KC Chiari-malformation /Syringomyelia Scheme