Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Testing for DM has only been available since 2013.

At the 2015 GSDCA AGM a vote was taken on recognising a voluntary DM scheme. This was defeated. We find this decision confusing given the breeds that are insisting on or encouraging DM Testing and the conflicting comments being made by individuals who are involved in GSD's and are allegedly against DM testing GSD's but apparently support DM testing in other breeds. It should be noted that a deregistered affiliate was allowed to attend and vote. Our belief is that as a result ALL decisions made at that AGM should be considered Unconstitutional.

Despite claims being made by some, there is Scientific Evidence to support the veracity of the current method used for DM screening.

Despite what we consider an Unconstitutional decision at the GSDCA AGM against recognising DM testing on a voluntary basis we have decided to test all our breeding dogs. The test is non invasive and a minimal cost so we question why any breeder would be against such a test. Part of Code of Ethics requires Members to take all appropriate actions that lead to the "Betterment of the Breed" and this decision in our opinion is in breach of the Code of Ethics.

Testing will enable us to make informed decisions on the best partners for our bitches. In just a few generations this will enable us to be certain none of our puppies will have DM.

In Australia by 6 February 2018 over 1100 German Shepherds have been tested voluntarily by breeders/owners by Orivet with the following results

7.91% Positive/Affected

32.40% CARRIERS

59.69% Clear

Dogs we have bred that have been tested.

Sire: Multi EX Lawine Erasmus BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
EX Takimbre Plato BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Dam: EX Cenni vom Wierlings Hook (imp GMY) BS.CL1 'a''ED'

Sire: Multi EX Lawine Erasmus BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Takimbre Peggy Sue 'A''Z' DM Clear
Dam: Cenni vom Wierlings Hook (imp GMY) BS.CL1 'a''ED'

Sire: Multi EX Lawine Full Impact BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Takimbre Zsa Zsa 'A''Z' DM Clear
Dam: Takimbre Shes Fine 'A''Z'

Sire: Multi EX Lawine Full Impact BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Takimbre Sunday Rose 'A''Z' DM Clear
Dam: Takimbre Shes Fine 'A''Z'

Sire: EX Rico von der kleinen Birke (imp GMY)AD BH BS.CL1 'a''ED' H-neg
Takimbre Chloes Star BSCL1 'A'Z' DM Clear
Dam: Takimbre Viking Lass 'A''Z'

Sire: Pepe von der Zenteiche(imp GMY) IPO1 BSCL1 'a''ED' H-Neg
Takimbre Yore Joyous (LSC)BS.CL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Dam: Redhaus Abbi 'A''Z' DM Clear

Sire: Multi EX Lawine Erasmus BSCL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Takimbre Winnie The Pooh 3:2 1:0 DM Clear
Dam: Redhaus Abbi 'A''Z' DM Clear

Sire:EX Merit Dellahund Party Prize BS.CL1 'A''Z'
Takimbre Vanity Plus 2:2 0:0 DM Clear
Dam:Takimbre Zsa Zsa 'A''Z' DM CLear

Sire: EX Takimbre Plato BSCL1 'A''Z' DM Clear
Takimbre Xanadu 3:2 0:0 DM Clear
Dam:Takimbre Viking Lass 'A''Z'

All animals tested so far have tested Clear

The following dogs and their litter mates are clear by parentage.

Sire:EX Juwika Destroyer (imp DEN) BS.CL1'a' 'ED H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Bella Bella
Dam: Redhaus Abbi 'A''Z' DM Clear

Sire:Juwika Destroyer (imp DEN) BS.CL1 'a''ED' H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Contessa
Dam:Takimbre Xanadu HD ED DM Clear

Sire:Juwika Destroyer (imp DEN) BS.CL1 'a''ED' H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Divas Choice
Dam:Takimbre Winnie The Pooh HD ED DM Clear

Sire:Veneze Lutz (imp UK)AD BH IPO2 BS.CL1 'a''ED' H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Fantasia
Dam:Takimbre Winnie The Pooh HD ED DM Clear

Sire:Gold Medallist Labo vom Schollweiher SchH1 IPO3 (imp GMY)'a''ED' BS.CL1 H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Gracious Elsa
Dam:Takimbre Zsa Zsa 'A''Z' DM Clear

Sire:Gold Medallist Labo vom Schollweiher SchH1 IPO3 (imp GMY)'a''ED' BS.CL1 H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Great Kora
Dam:Takimbre Zsa Zsa 'A''Z' DM Clear

Sire:Gold Medallist Toby von der Plassenburg SchH2 IPO3 (imp GMY)'a''ED' BS.CL1 DM Clear
Takimbre Hamish
Dam:Takimbre Xanadu 3:2 0:0 DM Clear

Sire:Veneze Lutz (imp UK)AD BH IPO2 BS.CL1 'a''ED' H-Neg DM Clear
Takimbre Irish Lady
Dam:Takimbre Vanity Plus 2:2 0:0 DM Clear

By testing the results of particular matings can be predicted. For example

Definite Outcomes

CLEAR to CLEAR = 100% Progeny Clear. No progeny will suffer DM
CLEAR to AFFECTED = 100% Progeny Carriers. No progeny will suffer DM
AFFECTED to AFFECTED = 100% Affected.

Expected Outcomes

CARRIER to AFFECTED = 50% Carriers & 50% Affected
CARRIER to CARRIER = 50% Carrier 25% Affected & 25% Clear
CARRIER to Clear = 50% Carriers & 50% Clear No progeny will suffer DM

Please take this into consideration when purchasing a puppy/dog.

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