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Can Vet J. Jul 1983; 24(7): 205–210.
PMCID: PMC1790348

A Retrospective Study of Heart Disease in Doberman Pinscher Dogs


The prevalence of gross and/or histological cardiac lesions was found to be much greater in Doberman pinscher dogs (16/26 or 62%) than in non-Doberman dogs (124/417 or 30%). At least some of the affected Dobermans were unrelated. Middle aged (mean age 4.7 yr) Dobermans of both sexes (11 M:5F) were affected. Four of the Dobermans with heart lesions had congestive cardiomyopathy; three of these four had congestive heart failure and the other one died suddenly. Prominent gross lesions were ventricular dilation and atrioventricular valvular endocardiosis. Histological lesions noted were prominent myocardial fibrosis, myofiber degeneration with fatty replacement, myofiber vacuolation and arterial intimal cushion formation. A spectrum of myocardial disease exists in Dobermans and clinically overt congestive cardiomyopathy represents one end of this spectrum.

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