Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) - Doberman Pinscher

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) - Doberman Pinscheris a hereditary disease which can be tested with a DNA test. Familial dilated cardiomyopathy is a primary myocardial disease that can result in the development of congestive heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Doberman pinscher dog is one of the most commonly reported canine breeds with familial dilated cardiomyopathy. The disease is genetically heterogeneous and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Recently Meurs et. al reported a mutation strongly associated with the development of dilated cardiomyopathy in Doberman pinschers. Mutation shows incomplete penetrance (68%) which means that there may be other genetic or environmental factors affecting development of the disease.

Inheritance: autosomal dominant with incomplete penetrance

Mutation: PDK4 gene

Genetic test: The method used for genetic testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers and healthy dogs. DNA testing can be done at any age.

DNA test sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.


52.00 €

  • You can order free sampling kit.
  • Only one sample is required for each animal, even if you order several tests.
  • Samples are stored for the option to order additional tests.
  • We offer expert assistance in interpreting the results.
Suitable for breeds
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