Dancing Dobermann Disease (DDD)

Dancing Doberman disease (DDD) is also referred to as Distal Polyneuropathy or Dancing Doberman Syndrome. It seems to be quite rare and, as its name suggests, is only found in dobermanns.  It is progressive, with muscles gradually wasting. It usually begins with the dog holding up one rear leg whilst standing still. As it progresses the shifting of weight from one foot to another becomes more frequent, hence the ‘dancing’. The rear feet will often knuckle over and as DDD progresses, the dog may want to sit or lie down whenever possible as standing becomes uncomfortable. The cause is not known, but is presumed to have a genetic component.  

Dancing Doberman Disease symptoms normally appear when the dog is around 6 months old, but the age of onset can occasionally be anywhere from 4 months to up to 10 years. Males and females are equally affected. There is no sign of pain associated with Dancing Doberman Disease. Although it is progressive, most dogs continue to be able to walk and there does not seem to be a shortening of life expectancy. However, there is no cure.

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