Institute of Genetics

Cerebellar abiotrophy in Lagotto Romagnolo

Ongoing research project, contact: Dr. med. vet. Michaela Drögemüller

Several hereditary diseases of the nervous system are known in Lagotto Romagnolo dogs. They include several distinct forms of cerebellar ataxia with monogenic autosomal recessive interhitance. Affected dogs show neurological symptoms such as uncoordinated movements and difficulties with normal gait at a few weeks of age or later in life. We would like to study yet unsolved forms of cerebellar ataxia in Lagotto Romagnolo dogs and to develop genetic tests. For this purpose we need EDTA blood samples from affected dogs, ideally together with their parents and siblings. We therefore ask breeders, owners and veterinarians to donate samples for our research. If you own a Lagotto Romagnolo with neurological symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further options for further investigation.