Narcolepsy - Doberman Pinscher

Narcolepsy - Doberman Pinscheris a hereditary disease which can be tested with a DNA test. Narcolepsy is a disabling sleep disorder affecting different dog breeds. It is characterized by daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, and striking transitions from wakefulness into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Dogs with narcolepsy exhibit cataplexy, sudden episodes of muscle weakness akin to REM sleepassociated atonia that are triggered primarily by positive emotions. Animals in narcoleptic state are almost without muscular tonus. The first signs of disease may be apparent as early as 4 weeks to 6 months of age. The frequency of episodes is specific for each animal, however the frequency of episodes in general is declining with age.

Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more

Mutation: HCRTR2 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. 

Disease control: read more

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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