Doberman Congenital Deafness Study

***This fund does not support just one person, or one pet. This fundraiser supports thousands of individuals, breeders, families and friends in the doberman community, as well as could pioneer this dna test for other breeds  and for possibly our children. ***

In 2010,  A group of breeders sought out Dr. Aubrey Webb with concerns about vestibular disease in the doberman breed. These breeders were seeking attention to finding the gene that was responsible for causing vestibular deafness in dobermans and creating a dna test  to make it available to the doberman community. The vestibular disorder was thought to be an inherited condition.  Dr. Aubrey  Webb asked Mark Neff, Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Canine Genetics & Genomics would soon collaberate to identify the mode of inheritance of the disorder in dobermans. Together Webb and Neff coordinated with   research labs in search for the gene responsible for this disease. In 2012 a collection of  dna provided by doberman breeders proved to find one specific causative marker that determined dogs clear (no mutation), affected (2 copies of the mutation)  and carrier dogs (one copy of the mutation) within the doberman population. However by  September 30th, 2014,  research had been halted due to lack of funding.
   Vestibular disease has been around in dobermans since the creation of the breed. For decades breeders who produce these animals in their litters would  euthanize symptomatic puppies. These puppies often are born deaf in one ear, or both, and will continually circle, roll, thrash around, stagger, cry, and nurse on their backs. Mothers become unsettled, and worried because they can not console the crying puppy, which often times creates complications with stomping and laying on normally reared babies.   Many of these puppies end up fading for they are unable to latch on and nurse properly, and vigerous mothers attempting to over stimulate them. Therefore, these  Puppies  require continued support from the breeder in order to survive. Puppies that are raised by the breeder eventually learn how to compensate for the lack of coordination and can eventually walk normally without staggering , and falling to the floor rolling, but often times will have a slight tilt to  on the affected side of the head. These puppies require the right homes, that accept that their new puppy is unique and will need special training with sign language, body language and viberation. .  With the right home, these dogs will flourish and make great companions. However, many of these puppies struggle with engagement not only with humans, but also with other animals that they go to live with. This in itself makes finding homes for these special puppies extremely difficult. Therefore, many of these puppies are turned into rescues, or live in unsafe environments. Many juggle from home to home as they age, and quite often do not make it into their senior years unless there is breeder intervention.
  Today, most breeders feel this disease is particular to certian bloodlines within the breed. However at this point the disorder has not been proven to be bloodline base, gender base,  color base, or if the disorder is directly involved with any other known disorder. Nor has it been determined how much of the doberman population is clear, carrier or affected. It however has been determined that  carrier dogs are  with one copy of the gene are NOT symptomatic. Further research is required to assist breeders in the irradication of this disease with in the doberman breed.
    Please assist the doberman breed on the quest for further research and preservation of this very important genetic test.  Donations from 1200 individuals, at $20 each, will move this research forward with Projectdog Labs in Davis California to finalization , save countless lives, and increase genetic diversity in our gene pool.

You can find additional reading about vestibular disease in the following links;
Purina Pro Club

Direct Donations can be mailed with check to:
Holly Peterson
210 Iwo Jima St.
Lufkin, Texas 75901

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Project Dog  DvDob Research
1260 Lake Blvd, STE 238
Davis, Ca  95616 USA

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    • $20 
    • 40 mos
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    • $101 
    • 42 mos
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Holly Peterson 
Lufkin, TX
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