Hereditary Problems of the Doberman Pinscher


Out of all dog breeds, perhaps the Doberman Pinscher is most suited for the role of guard dog. However behind the Doberman Pinscher’s tough exterior comes a myriad of health issues to be dealt with as well. As with other dog breeds, the “Dobie” or “Doberman” can be quite vulnerable to certain canine diseases if not given the proper care. Doberman owners should be even more wary of certain diseases that are hereditary.

Color dilute alopecia or color mutant alopecia is one of the milder health risks encountered by Doberman Pinschers. This disease which is somewhat similar to how humans experience hair loss and is caused by an irregularity in the production of hair follicles. Due to this irregularity, the dog’s coat may appear patchy and turn up as unusual colors. Eventually, this can lead to other skin diseases. Unfortunately, this disease is controllable but not treatable.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is another common health concern for Doberman Pinschers. This disease has quite the same effect as hemophilia has on humans. It is a condition that significantly affects the platelets in the dog’s blood. The primary concern here is that the proteins in the dog’s system are significantly altered, which makes it harder for platelets to clot if the dog gets cut. This means that if ever a Doberman with Von Willebrand’s Disease has to undergo surgery, it would be quite difficult for veterinarians to control the bleeding.

Cervical Vertebral Instability or (CVI), also known as “Wobbler Syndrome” is another serious health issue. CVI can cause your dog to experience difficulties in walking and it can go as far as completely paralyzing your Doberman Pinscher. The tricky thing about CVI is that it doesn’t manifest itself until the dog is way past its prime. Since this disease can be acquired through genetics or diet, the best way to go would be to have your Doberman Pinscher have checkups on a regular basis.

Hip Dysplasia is another inherited medical problem for Doberman Pinschers. This disease causes malformations in the dog’s hip joints, which in turn causes instability, pain, and limping. Luckily this medical condition is easily detected through radiographs.

All in all, there are certain medical conditions that to a certain extent are unavoidable. But through early detection, the quality of life of your Doberman Pinscher can certainly be improved. Make sure to have your dog regularly checked and keep a balanced and healthy diet alongside regular exercise. But most importantly, stand firm by conscientious breeding. Testing dogs for genetic diseases before having them breed is essential. This way, it would be easier to avoid contracting diseases that only manifest symptoms towards the later part of the dog’s life. It is your responsibility to care for your Doberman Pinscher’s health in the best way possible.

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