The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club does not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate these recommendations or contributors, their kennel or their stock. The purpose of this section is to share the knowledge and experience of breeders who have vast experience in whelping and raising puppies. The tips and tricks below are intended to augment qualified veterinarian care, not as a substitute for qualified veterinarian care of the dam and puppies.
Contributed by Pam Seifert:Last year, DDC Veterinary began offering a DNA test to identify a recessive gene that causes excessive coat length among several “short- coated” breeds. We wanted to let you know that DNA testing for "Fluffy coat" is also now available for Norwich and Norfolk Terriers.Long-haired coat length is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, therefore dogs that are carriers of the long-hair allele will appear to be short haired but will likely pass on the long-hair allele 50% of the time. A Carrier to Carrier mating will likely result in producing long-haired “fluffy” pups in 25% of the offspring.The 3 genotypes for coat length can be identified with DNA testing: 1) N/N Clear (those having 2 copies of the short-hair allele [N] and appear to be short-haired) 2) N/F Carrier (those having 1 copy of the normal short-hair allele [N] and 1 copy of the long-hair allele [F] and appear to be short- haired) 3) F/F Affected (those having 2 copies of the long-hair allele [F] and appear to be long-haired)Canine samples can be collected easily at home using buccal (cheek) swabs provided as part of a free DNA sample collection kit. Canines can be DNA tested at ANY age. -Turnaround on results is 10 business days of receipt of the samples. Results are also emailed the day of completion.For more information or to order a free sample kit breeders can go here...http://www.vetdnacenter.com/canine-long-hair-test.html or call us at 1-800-625-0874 or email us email@example.comThank you for your consideration.Randall SmithDDC VeterinaryDNA Technology ParkOne DDC WayFairfield, Ohio 450141-800-625-0874www.vetdnacenter.com