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9/29/2010 5:02:55 PM
Posts: 409
The following was posted to another group I'm on. This is wonderful news for all Dobe breeders and owners.

September 29, 2010

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(DPCA--Doberman Pinscher Club of America)

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kate Meurs of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has identified a genetic mutation responsible for causing cardiomyopathy in Dobermans. A reasonably priced test will be commercially available in about two weeks through the Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory at WSU. (

Dr. Meurs is coming to the National to present her findings and answer questions. She is scheduled to speak on Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Emerald Room. We will have the room for Q & A as well until 12 noon. Please spread the word so that everyone who wants to be there is made aware of this development.

Dr. Meurs deserves many accolades for this long awaited accomplishment for our breed!

Kathy Davieds DVM

9/29/2010 10:32:55 PM
Posts: 1904
Wouldn't it be nice if we all had this much to work with? How awesome for Dobie breeders to have this new tool

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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12/6/2010 12:23:33 PM
Posts: 137
Just a brief update to keep everyone who is interested in the loop ...

The new DNA test for this mutation has already proven that it's obviously not the only mutation to cause dilated cardiomyopathy in the Doberman, as many suspected would be the case. Unfortunately, there have already been Dobermans who are diagnosed with dcm testing negative with this DNA test. Therefore, there must be other mutations. The test is not without value, however. Finding dogs who are "negative" but who have dcm is important because they'll hopefully help to discover the next mutation or mutations.

So, it's important to test but this test is not definitive. Doberman owners should continue to also use annual cardiologist visits for echocardiograms and Holter monitoring.
11/3/2012 9:42:13 PM
Posts: 3
Does anyone have an update on this test? Does it seem to be of value?
7/1/2014 10:35:38 PM
Posts: 2
I found this thread through a search engine... any updates on the test?