Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: New England
Dogs Name: Jossie, Jessie, Kayla, Mya, Prophet
Titles: GCH, CH, CGC, WAC, CA, CAA
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This is where we have different viewpoints Patty, I dont agree with the strategy of breeding to avoid DCM based only on the results of a single DCM gene marker. Until we have a full screen available for all the DCM genes, I think it is dangerous to say we will exclude dogs that are homozygous or heterozygous. I have owned a dobe with DCM in the past. It is a devastating disease.
Some breeders justify breeding VWD affected dogs and carrier to carrier, with the theory that excluding those dogs limits the gene pool for DCM. At this time, that is only a theory and there are no facts to back up that strategy, as far as I know.
As a puppy buyer, I dont ever want to be in a situation where we racing to the e-vet with a dog bleeding to death from a small accidental injury in my arms due to being clinically VWD affected; I say this because I have lived through it. That is why I personally would avoid purchasing a VWD affected puppy, when I can just as readily locate a well bred puppy that is carrier or clear.
Last edited by Dobe_Mom; 05-29-2014 at 11:27 AM.