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Breeds Affected: Corgi

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 LINE-1 insertion in intron 13 of the DMD gene.

Smith, BF., Yue, Y., Woods, PR., Kornegay, JN., Shin, JH., Williams, RR., Duan, D.: An intronic LINE-1 element insertion in the dystrophin gene aborts dystrophin expression and results in Duchenne-like muscular dystrophy in the corgi breed. Lab Invest 91:216-31, 2011. Pubmed reference: 20714321. Doi: 10.1038/labinvest.2010.146.

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

Test #: D173

Cost: 35 € (excl. VAT)

Time: 7-10 days

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