Genetic & Health Screening


Every Ridgy Didge breeding dog has their genetic profile and health screens published on the dog's profile page.

The Australian Cobberdog is a ‘breed in development’ which means we are looking for consistency in the puppies we breed so we ultimately meet the ‘breed standard’. We also want the most healthy puppies for our families' peace of mind and enjoyment.  In time, careful selective breeding should see more Cobberdogs meeting the breed standard for appearance, health results and temperament, but this is only possible with commitment from all Cobberdog breeders.

With the breed standard in mind, we select the very best pup from each litter to breed into the next generation. Each of these selected pups is screened and tested through the below processes.  Only pups that pass every test make it to Ridgy Didge's breeding program.

Every Ridgy Didge Breeding dog has a profile page displaying genetic and health test results.


At Ridgy Didge, we do genetic screening through ORIVET. Orivet is a leading global genetic testing organisation that has developed internationally recognised protocols and programmes. Orivet states on their website: "Orivet's Full Breed Profiles(FBPs) are breed specific genetic screens for diseases & traits that are relevant to each breed. Our customised panels select from over 240 genetic tests that have been scientifically validated (published) for the breed listed. All FBPs include a DNA Profile (genetic fingerprint) which allows you to verify matings."  Below is the Orivet Full Breed Profile for the Australian Cobberdog genetic testing.


Achromatopsia (Labrador Type)
Autosomal Hereditary Recessive Nephropathy
Centronuclear Myopathy (Labrador Retriever Type)
Collie Eye Anomaly/Choroidal Hypoplasia
Cone-Rod Dystrophy I - PRA (crd -4/cord I)
Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia
Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (Labrador Retriever Type)
Curly Coat Dry Eye Syndrome (Cavalier Type)
Cystinuria (SLC3A1) Labrador Retriever Type
Degenerative Myelopathy
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Labrador Type)
Exercise Induced Collapse (Retriever Type)
Gangliosidosis GM2 (Poodle Type)
Generalised PRA 1 (Golden Retriever Type)
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy/Krabbe’s Disease
Glomerulopathy (PLN) KIRREL2
Glomerulopathy (PLN) NPHS1
Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis/Dry Nose (Labrador Retriever Type)
Ivermectin Sensitivity MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance)
Macular Corneal Dystrophy (Labrador Type)
Malignant Hyperthermia
Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma (Wheaten Terrier Type)
Mild Disproportionate Dwarfism (Labrador Type)*
Mucopolysaccharidosis VI (Poodle Type)
Myotubular Myopathy X-linked*
Narcolepsy (Labrador)
Neonatal Encephalopathy (Poodle Type)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (Canine)
Skeletal Dysplasia 2 (Mild Disproportionate Dwarfism)
Stargardt Disease (Retinal Degeneration)
Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (Border Collie Type)
von Willebrand's Disease Type I


E Locus - (Cream/Red/Yellow)
EM (MC1R) Locus - Melanistic Mask
Brown (345DELPRO) Deletion
Brown (GLNT331STOP) Stop Codon
Brown (SER41CYS) Insertion Codon
Liver [TYRP1] (Lancashire Heeler Type)
D (Dilute) Locus
K Locus (Dominant Black)
A Locus (Fawn/Sable;Tri/Tan Points)
Long Hair Gene (Canine C95F)
Shedding (MC5R)
Coat Composition CFA28 Gene (Double/Single Coat)
Curly Coat/Hair Curl (KRT71 R151W)
Curly Coat Phenotype (KRT71 - p.Ser422ArgfsTer)
Improper Coat (RSPO2)


Canine DNA Profile (ISAG Canine 288 SNP Panel)


At Ridgy Didge, we also further screen every breeding dog through PAWPRINTS USA for

  • MICROTHALMIA (eye disease that can cause early blindness),

  • curly coat and improper coat.



We also have every breeding dog screened in the following, by a specialist vet:

      • hips & elbows are X-rayed for joint integrity,

      • teeth alignment is checked,

      • eyes are checked for health and alignment,

      • heart health is checked, and

      • temperament is evaluated.

We encourage all puppy buyers to research extensively to ensure your chosen puppy has had all the health screening and genetic testing that we practise and recommend.