Hip dysplasia, HD






In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds, and is the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips.

In the normal anatomy of the hip joint, the root (the thigh bone) is connected to the pelvis at the hip joint. The almost spherical end of the femur head (the caput, or caput ossis femoris) fits into the acetabulum (a concave socket located in the pelvis). The bony surfaces of the femur head and of the acetabulum are covered by cartilage. While bones provide the strength necessary to support body weight, cartilage ensures a smooth fit and a wide range of motion. Normal hip function can be affected by congenital conditions such as dysplasia, discussed in this article, trauma, and by acquired diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The following table compares the scores recognised by Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV):


OFA (USA) FCI (European) BVA (UK/Australia) 1 Hip SV (Germany)
E A-1 0 Normal
G A-2 1-3 Normal
F B-1 4-6 Normal
B B-2 7-8 Fast ["almost"] Normal
M C 9-18 Noch Zugelassen ["still permitted/allowed"]
Mod D 19-30 Mittlere ["intermediate"]
S E >30 Schwere ["heavy"/"severe"]




Von Willebrand Disease type I, vWD type I






Von Willebrand's disease (von Willebrand disease, vWD) - one of the most common hereditary disease associated with blood coagulation problems. Symptoms are similar to hemophilia, in connection with what is sometimes called von Willebrand disease psevdogemofiliey.

The most characteristic and specific symptom vWD are bleeding from mucous membranes of the mouth, the nose, the internal organs. Manifestation of vWD may have different degrees of severity depending on the dog's individual characteristics. In the mild form of the disease is characterized by moderate bleeding, in more serious cases - extensive and extremely heavy.

Cause of the disease - quantitative deficiency and / or qualitative abnormalities of vWF, a multimeric glycoprotein required for platelet adhesion to collagen at sites of vascular wall damage. This factor is also associated with Factor VIII clotting and protects it from proteolysis. As a rule, vWD is hereditary, but also found and acquired forms.

The most common and thus less severe on the symptomatology is the first type of vWD, occurring in a large group of species: Basset hound, Bernese mountain dog, Doberman, Doberman Pinscher, Kerri Blyu terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, German shepherd, poodle, rottweiler, dachshund, Papillon, Staphylococcus retriever, etc.

Dogs vWD I-th type has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance, which means that for the manifestation of the disease requires two copies of the mutant gene.

Molecular reason vWD I-th type - mutation c.7437G> A gene vWF vWF. This mutation leads to a reduction in the number of normal factor of 10-20% of the norm, though, as it turns out, for some dogs, in connection with the individual characteristics, this amount is sufficient for virtually asymptomatic vWD.

DNA testing:

To carry out a genetic test requires a blood sample or buccal (mouth swab). When testing is analyzed c.7437G> A mutation resulting in the development of the disease. The test detected faulty (mutated) copy of the gene and a normal copy of the gene. The test result - the definition of the genotype, which allows you to divide the animals into three groups: healthy (homozygous for the normal copy of the gene), carriers (heterozygotes) and patients (homozygous for the mutation).


Genotype Decoding of genotype Status Recommendations for planning matings
N / N homozygote for the normal copy of the gene healthy It can be crossed with any dog, an extremely low probability of a patient birth of offspring
N / M heterozygote carrier If the binding is necessary, allowed crossing with healthy dogs; all resulting progeny should be tested on a carrier of the disease
M / M homozygous for the mutant copy of the gene prone to disease / patient It is recommended to remove from mating. If the binding is necessary, it allowed crossing with healthy dogs, in this case, all the resulting offspring will be heterozygous (carriers)




Dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM






Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a severe hereditary disorder present in Doberman Pinschers and other breeds that ultimately leads to heart failure and sudden death.

Heart disease, due to the weakening of the heart muscle. As the chamber of the heart disease may increase, disrupts the valves and develop symptoms of congestive heart failure.

The disease has a wide range of rate of progression: from a few months to several years depending on the conditions of life of the animal and physical state.

In 2012, a group of scientists including lead author Dr. Kathryn Meurs published an article reporting a mutation associated with increased risk for DCM in a cohort of Doberman Pinchers in America. This mutation is located in the PDK4 gene (Meurs et al., 2012), which encodes a protein of the mitochondrion, the cells power source - a vital part of the cell in which malfunctions are often disastrous.





Degenerative Myelopathy, DM






Degenerative myelopathy dogs (the DM) - a heavy progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis of the hind limbs, is common in some breeds of dogs. The disease is caused by dysfunction of the spinal cord motor neurons due to degeneration (simplification) of the nerve endings.

First degenerative myelopathy has been described more than 35 years ago as a spontaneously occurring disease of the spinal cord in the adult dog. It was believed that it is characteristic only for the breed German shepherd, so it is also called myelopathy German Shepherds. Later, the disease was found more in a number of breeds - welsh corgi, boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

The first symptoms are already evident in adult dogs, with most - at the age of 8-14 years. The earliest manifestation of degenerative myelopathy begins with an almost imperceptible weakness of one or both hind limbs. Over time, you can hear the so-called "shuffle" the claws of the rear feet on the pavement. The dog there are some difficulties with getting up from a sitting or lying down. loss of balance there. dog's tail becomes "inactive", lost its mobility. If the tail is long, it can be confused in the dog's legs. Just in the initial stages of the animal is observed loss of coordination, and then develop hind limb ataxia. The duration of the disease in most cases does not exceed three years. In the latter stages of myelopathy in dogs is almost absent reflexes of the hind limbs, paralysis. Then the disease spreads already on the forelimbs. Thus, signs of damage to the upper motor neurons, which leads to paralysis of all limbs uplink and total muscle atrophy. Comes complete paralysis of the limbs of the dog.





Narcolepsy Dobermans






Narcolepsy - a disease which manifests itself in the form of abnormal daytime sleepiness, sleep disorder the night with rapid eye movements and a sharp decrease in muscle tone in response to various external stimuli.

The disease in Doberman associated with the appearance of a SINE insertion into the 3rd intron Hcrtr2 gene (Hypocretin (orexin) receptor 2), which leads to drastic changes in splasinge RNA and, as a consequence, in the protein.


Interpretation of results

Autosomal recessive mode of inheritance

MM - sick; NM - healthy carrier; NN - healthy