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Breeds Affected: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Samples Accepted: Blood, Buccal Swabs

Disease Information: Muscular dystrophy (Duchenne-type) or DMD, is a disorder in which muscle fiber degeneration leads to weakness, a “bunny hop” gait, difficulty opening the jaw, curvature of the spine, and muscle wasting. Affected pups can be identified at 8-10 weeks of age. The disease is fatal.

Inheritance Information: DMD is X-linked recessive, because the DMD gene is located on the X-chromosome.

The possible genotypes are:

XX     This dog is a normal female.

XXDMD    This dog is a carrier female.  She is clinically normal, but will pass the mutation (XDMD) to 50% of her offspring.  When bred to a normal male, she can have pups of all four genotypes: normal female (XX), carrier female (XXDMD), normal male (XY), and affected male (XDMDY).

XY      This dog is a normal male.

XDMDY    This dog is an affected male.


– Female offspring of a carrier female should be genetically tested to determine if they are normal or carriers (XX or XXDMD).

– Carrier females (XXDMD) should not be bred, because affected males can be produced.

– Affected males (XDMDY) should not be used for breeding.

Test Information: This mutation test identifies a single base change in exon 50 of the DMD gene.

Walmsley, GL., Arechavala-Gomeza, V., Fernandez-Fuente, M., Burke, MM., Nagel, N., Holder, A., Stanley, R., Chandler, K., Marks, SL., Muntoni, F., Shelton, GD., Piercy, RJ.: A duchenne muscular dystrophy gene hot spot mutation in dystrophin-deficient cavalier king charles spaniels is amenable to exon 51 skipping. PLoS One 5:e8647, 2010. Pubmed reference: 20072625. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008647

Further information is available at the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals website.

Test #: D174

Cost: 35 € (excl. VAT)

Time: 7-10 days

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