The Leonberger Club of Great Britain is pleased to announce that we are the first pedigree breed in the UK to have set up an arrangement with the UK Companion Animal Archive to store blood samples from our Leos for future research. This will firmly place our Club at the leading edge of genetic research and provide us with an outstanding opportunity to advance the health of our breed.


Through the use of this facility, blood samples can be banked indefinitely for use by studies working to identify genetic mutations that cause certain key diseases, leading to the eventual development of simple marker tests which will enable us to ultimately eliminate these illnesses from our breed.


Owners wishing to contribute blood samples for future study need only do so once, providing enough genetic material for a number of uses.There will be no charge whatsoever to the owners or the LCGB for the handling and long term storage of our blood samples.The Companion Animal Archive will contact the LCGB before releasing samples when requested by specific research programmes, and will do so with our permission.


Those seeking access to the DNA for study will pay for it's extraction out of their own research funds.The profile of Leonbergers as a study population will rise tremendously once we have a substantial collection of samples banked, allowing our breed to be at the forefront of future research into genetic illnesses.We Strongly Advise all owners to consider contributing samples.


These can be taken at your own Vets when blood is being drawn for any other clinical test; or during one of our organised blood sampling events. Please note that any past blood samples donated for LPN1 research has already been used and your dog's DNA will not be available for inclusion without a second sample being taken.Information for Vets:2x 5 ml EDTA blood samples should be stored in the fridge until posting in the ordinary mail to the address below.


Tubes should be clearly labelled with the dog's breed and registered name and a copy of the pedigree should be included with each sample. Tubes should be wrapped in some kitchen roll and placed in a sealed plastic bag. A signed consent form must accompany each sample . Each sample should be in a separate plastic bag.Post to:

Dr Lorna J Kennedy

Senior Scientist University of Manchester

Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research

Stopford Building

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PT