DNA test - MLS
Musladin-Leuke Syndrome (MLS) is an inherited problem, which results in a Beagle born with several defects. These problems are characterised by short outer toes on the front and sometimes all four feet, high set creased ears on a flat skull with extra cartilage in them, slant narrowed eyes and very thick tight skin with little scruff. Such pups are small in stature with a very stiff gait BUT not all affected pups will show all these signs. The short toes make them walk like a ballerina on their middle toes. They have a very good gregarious temperament although many have been reported to develop seizures. Some will live a normal life span as the condition may stabilise once they reach maturity but they are smaller than normal and some die very young of problems associated with the disease. A simple recessive gene, which is unique to Beagles, causes the disease.
Source of DNA Test: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/download/8288/dnatestsworldwide.pdf