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The Genetics of Canine Cerebellar Degenerative Diseases


Hereditary cerebellar degenerative diseases (also known as abiotrophies) are a relatively common problem in certain breeds of dog. This study aims to identify the genetic causes of cerebellar degeneration in different breeds of dog using a combination of linkage and association analysis.

Testing Requirement:

Blood samples are taken from affected dogs and their relatives to provide DNA for this study.


Any dog diagnosed with a cerebellar degenerative disorder is eligible for this study. We are particularly interested in obtaining samples from Scottish Terriers, Gordon Setters, Labrador Retrievers and Old English Sheepdogs.


There is no financial incentive to take part in this study.


Natasha Olby: 919.513.7235, email:

Page last updated September 04, 2013