In 2020, we were approached by Cane Corso breeders who were concerned about a health problem they believed was possibly a genetic one. With the help of very ambitious breeders who supplied us with samples and health status from different dogs we started a study for evaluating the underlying genetic cause of a disease in the Cane Corso breed. Affected dogs suffer from eye, teeth and skeletal problems. We received samples from dogs from Latvia, Poland, Russia and Netherlands. Together with our collaboration partner Prof. Leeb and his team at the University of Bern we detected a genetic variant being causative. We can now proudly that we are able to offer a genetic test to help in controlling this disease in the breed. The disease is called Dental-skeletal-retinal anomaly (DSRA) and is inherited in a recessive manner.
Together with breeders and researchers we made a great step towards a healthy future for the breed! Thank you to all the people involved in this ambitious scientific work to provide best health service for dogs!