Developmental disorder in German Shorthaired Pointer


Project description

We have obtained samples from German Shorthaired Pointer puppies that are suspected to suffer from a developmental disorder. The affected puppies were not viable; they either did not survive past a couple of days or were euthanized due to a poor prognosis. The affected puppies were smaller than their littermates, their limbs appeared shorter, and the structure of the skull appeared abnormal. The suspected inheritance pattern is autosomal recessive.


Studied breeds

German Shorthaired Pointer

If you suspect an inherited developmental disorder to occur in your breed, please contact the research group.


Which samples are needed

For this study, samples are collected from affected German Shorthaired Pointers, and from their parents and unaffected siblings.


Copies of diagnoses and other information needed

We would like to receive information from possible clinical and pathological examinations performed on affected puppies. If you have had a German Shorthaired Pointer litter in the past with a corresponding problem, please contact us. We would also like to obtain photographs from suspected affected puppies.



  1. How to participate.
  2. Health surveillance questionnaire.


Contact us

Kaisa Kyöstilä, PhD student,