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DCM in dobermans is likely caused by multiple genes working together in some fashion. The genetic tests for DCM (DCM 1 and 2) merely identify some recently indetified genes which seem to be associated with the condition, but dogs can be negative for either and still develop DCM, or positive for one or both and remain healthy.
A negative test does NOT indicate that the dog or his bloodlines are DCM free. There are no doberman bloodlines which are completely free of the disease.
The research into DCM and its causes is ongoing—it is a complicated disease. The identification of these genes is a first baby step, but at this point, it is mostly of academic interest for breeder to consider as we strive to nail down the causes of DCM.
In the case of DCM, the most important tests to look for are an echocardiogram and a holter test, done on both parents within 1 year prior to the breeding. Even there, the results are a snapshot in time which only show the health of the dog when the tests are done. But eliminating poor breeding prospects based on bad echo and holter tests, and by examining a dog's bloodlines (both direct ancestors and siblings, cousins and aunts, uncles, etc) for DCM and early deaths is the best we can do at this moment.
Last edited by melbrod; 08-02-2020 at 05:54 PM.