Move to combat inherited condition in Rottweilers

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16 September 2021
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The Kennel Club has approved an official DNA test reporting scheme for leukoencephalomyelopathy (LEMP), an inherited neurological disorder in Rottweilers. 

LEMP affects the white matter of a dog’s central nervous system and usually appears between the ages of one and four.

Symptoms include problems walking, an inability to walk in a straight line, and spontaneous knuckling and dragging of the paws. Affected dogs become increasingly immobile over a few months with a rapidly decreasing quality of life.

Dogs tested for this autosomal-recessive condition will be recorded on the Kennel Club systems as clear, a carrier, or affected.

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