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Breeds Affected: Dobermann Pinscher

Samples Accepted: Blood, Buccal Swab

Disease Information: Dogs affected with Canine narcolepsy (canarc-1) usually show symptoms before 6 months of age.  They may be unusually sleepy during the day, drop suddenly from wakefulness into REM sleep, and can become cataleptic when startled.

Inheritance Information: Narcolepsy is autosomal recessive, meaning that animals with two copies of this allele will be affected. Animals with one copy of the gene will be clinically-normal carriers.

The possible genotypes are:

N/N The dog is normal, and cannot produce affected offspring.

N/nar The dog is a carrier, and can pass the allele on to approximately 50% of any offspring. If bred to another N/nar carrier, approximately 25% of the offspring will be normal, 50% will be carriers, and 25% will be affected.

nar/nar The dog is affected with narcolepsy. If bred to a normal animal, 100% of the offspring will be carriers. If bred to a N/nar carrier, 50% of the offspring will be carriers and 50% will be affected.


– Carriers may be bred to normal animals (N/nar x N/N) without any risk of producing affected offspring. The offspring should be tested before breeding to determine if they are carriers or normal.

– Breeding two carriers (N/nar x N/nar) is not recommended due to the possibility of 25% of the offspring being affected.

– Affected animals (nar/nar) should not be used for breeding.

Test Information: This mutation test identifies an insertion in the HCRTR2 gene. Animals which have two copies of this allele are affected, and animals with one copy are clinically-normal carriers.

Lin, L., Faraco, J., Li, R., Kadotani, H., Rogers, W., Lin, X.Y., Qiu, X.H., de, Jong, P.J., Nishino, S., Mignot, E.: The sleep disorder canine narcolepsy is caused by a mutation in the hypocretin (orexin) receptor 2 gene Cell 98:365-376, 1999. Pubmed reference: 10458611

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

Test #: D335

Cost: 35 € (excl. VAT)

Time: 7-10 days

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