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Does anyone know whether heart murmurs are a common occurrence in Dobie puppies? If so and in Ontario, Canada, can it be traced to any particular kennel

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Heart murmurs are thought to possibly be genetic. Congenital Aortic Stenosis is one of the most common birth defects observed in larger breed puppies (medium-giant). Heart murmurs are graded on a scale of 0-6, the diagnosis would usually be confirmed via a doppler ultrasound (echocardiograph) and a possible blood panel. Anemia can cause a murmur as well, as the blood is too thin.

What you need to look out moreso in buying a Dobermann puppy is Dilated Cardiomyopathy. There are no genetic tests for this disease as of yet, but you can monitor your dog's heart by having a yearly echo and holter done. Please read the DCM links in this educational FAQ:


When looking for a puppy, only buy from a breeder that does test for DCM by way of a Holter/echo, it is very important that these tests are run prior to every breeding, as the second most common initial symptom of DCM is sudden death, which often times is just pushed aside as some tragic accident by the less scrupulous of breeders. Definitely ask every breeder to pull out the pedigree of the potential puppy you are looking into and have a discussion regarding the occurance of any Liver disease and DCM.

The good breeders will be able to determine at their vet at an early age whether or not a puppy could possibly have a heart murmur and a good breeder will always inform you of any problems a puppy may have before trying to sell him/her to you.

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