Weekly Pets Quiz: Heart Disease, Damaged Paws and Barking

1 What two dog breeds are predisposed to heart disease due to genetic mutation?

  • Doberman Pinschers and Siberian Huskies
  • Boxers and Doberman Pinschers

    In 2011, Meurs discovered genetic mutations in both Doberman Pinschers and Boxers that cause heart disease. In Dobies, the mutation triggers dilated cardiomyopathy, an adult onset heart muscle disease that can lead to sudden death or congestive heart failure. The Boxer genetic mutation Meurs uncovered causes arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyo¬pathy, which also occurs primarily in adult dogs and carries similar potential outcomes. Learn more.

  • German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies
  • Pugs and Pit Bulls

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