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Genetic Disorders in Pembroke Welsh Corgis

Genetically inherited diseases occur in Corgis like any other dog.  Short-legs and long backs predispose them to spine and hip disorders. Maintaining your dogs’ correct weight and preventing them from jumping off of beds and couches can reduce hip and back issues.  We suggest that you provide your dog with lots of exercise and work with your veterinarian to make sure that your Corgi does not get overweight.  Our dogs receive OFA and veterinarian evaluations on their eyes, hips and elbows.  Other inherited genetic disorders that occur in Corgis include DM, vWD1 and EIC.  

DM - Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord.  It begins around age 10 with weak muscles in the rear legs and progressively gets worse until the dog is paralyzed.  Affected dogs inherit the gene for the disease from BOTH parents.  Not all dogs who carry two copies of the gene actually develop the disease.  Carriers are dogs with only one copy of the gene and can NOT develop the disease.  Symptoms begin late in life around 10 years of age with an unsteady wobbly gait. As the disease progresses the rear legs become weak and eventually the dog is unable to walk.  Responsible breeders test their adults and do not make matings which might result in puppies who could develop the disease. We test all our dogs for DM and plan matings so puppies do not develop DM.

 

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This dog does not have a copy of the DM gene.   It will NEVER develop the disease and can not pass DM on to its offspring.  

Carrier      

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This dog carries both a copy of the normal gene and a copy of the DM gene. It will NEVER develop this disease but can pass the DM gene on to its offspring 50% of the time. 

Affected      

DM/DM

This dog carries two copies of the DM gene.   It may be affected by the disease and will always pass the DM gene on to its offspring.  

VWD1 - Von Willebrand's Disease

Von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD1) is a blood clotting disorder found in multiple breeds of dogs.  It may cause prolonged bleeding after an injury and bruising. There are multiple mutations that cause the disease in dogs.  Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be affected by the type 1 mutation which is the mildest form and they MUST inherit the gene for the disease from BOTH parents to be affected.  Carriers are dogs with only one copy of the gene and can NOT develop the disease.  Symptoms include abnormal bleeding, bleeding gums, blood in feces or urine, nosebleeds and easy bruising. Responsible breeders test their adults and do not make matings which might result in puppies who could develop the disease.  We test all of our dogs for vWD1 and plan matings so puppies do not develop vWD1.

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This dog does not have a copy of the mutated vWD1 gene.   It will NEVER develop the disease and can not pass vWD1 on to its offspring.  

Carrier      

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This dog carries both a copy of the normal gene and a copy of the vWD1 gene. It will NEVER develop this disease but can pass the mutated gene on to its offspring 50% of the time. 

Affected      

vWD1/vWD1

This dog carries two copies of the vWD1 gene.   It is affected by the disease and will always pass the vWD1 gene on to its offspring.  

EIC - Exercise Induced Collapse

Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) is a disease where dogs lose control of their muscles following periods of extreme exercise.  Dogs with this disorder become wobbly 5-25 minutes after extreme exercise and may collapse and even die if exercise is continued. Affected dogs inherit the gene for the disease from BOTH parents.  Carriers are dogs with only one copy of the gene and can NOT develop the disease.  Symptoms normally show up between 5 months to 3 years of age.  Most attacks last 5 to 25 minutes but some dogs die immediately after an attack.  Thankfully exercise regimes can be altered and these dogs can lead long normal lives.  Responsible breeders test their adults and do not make matings which might result in puppies who could develop the disease. We test all of our dogs for EIC and plan matings so puppies do not develop EIC.

Clear       

n/n

This dog does not have a copy of the mutated gene.   It will NEVER develop the disease and can not pass EIC on to its offspring.  

Carrier      

n/EIC

This dog carries both a copy of the normal gene and a copy of the EIC gene. It will NEVER develop this disease but has a 50% chance of passing the EIC gene on to its offspring. 

Affected      

EIC/EIC

This dog carries two copies of the EIC gene.   It is affected by the disease and will always pass the EIC gene on to its offspring.  

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