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Corgi Health Testing

Breeding Healthy and Structurally Correct Corgi's is or number one priority at Hickory Hill Farm. 

We test for multiple different diseases with all our breeding corgis. 

There are 3 specific diseases that are common in corgis, DM, EIC and VWD1.

You can see all of our Dogs testing results on "OUR CORGI'S" page or "UPCOMING LITTERS" page.

Note: If a dog is a carrier, they are not affected by the disease. A Carrier means that they carry the gene for the disease, and if bred to another carrier, then 25% of their litter will be affected by the Disease. We never breed a carrier to a carrier. None of our puppies will ever be affected by any of these common corgi Diseases.

Read below and see the chart at the bottom to see what the diseases are, and how they can affect the dogs.

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

What is DM?

The dog equivalent of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, DM is a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. Because the nerves that control the hind limbs are the first to degenerate, the most common clinical signs are back muscle wasting and gait abnormalities.

Exercise-Induced Collapse

What is EIC?

EIC has been linked to a mutation in the DNM1 gene, which codes for the protein dynamin. In the neuron, dynamin trucks neurotransmitter-filled vesicles from the cell body, where they are generated, to the dendrites. It is hypothesized in dogs affected with EIC, the mutation in DNM1 disrupts efficient neurotransmitter release, leading to a cessation in signalling and EIC.

Von Willebrand Disease Type I

What is Type I vWD?

Von Willebrand Disease (vWD) is a type of coagulopathy, a disorder of blood clotting. vWD is characterized into three types based on clinical severity, serum levels of vWF, and vWF multimer composition. Dogs with Type I vWD have low vWF levels, normal multimer composition, and variable clinical signs.

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