Larynx paralysis in the Miniature Bull Terrier

Larynx paralysis is a disease in the Miniature Bull Terrier and some other small dog breeds, which is scientifically not well understood. Larynx paralysis leads to difficulties in breathing, especially during physical activity, and may cause death by suffocation in severe cases. Larynx paralysis may require surgery to relieve the difficulties in breathing. It has been reported that this disease may represent an inherited condition. We would like to further investigate larynx paraylsis. We aim at the identification of the causative genetic risk factor(s) and the development of a genetic test, which will allow the unequivocal diagnosis of carrier animals. For the research we need EDTA blood samples from affected dogs, ideally together with their parents and siblings. We therefore ask owners, breeders, and veterinarians to donate samples for our research efforts. If you own an affected dog, please also send copies of medical test results.