SDMD is a form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy associated with a mutation in a muscle sarcoglycan gene has been identified in young miniature Dachshunds from Australia, South Africa, and the US. Clinical signs, first noted at approximately 6 months of age were variable and included exercise intolerance, stiff gait, myoglobinuria and dysphagia. The serum CK activity was markedly and persistently elevated. Histopathology of muscle biopsies showed a dystrophic phenotype and immunofluorescent stainings showed all sarcoglycan proteins were markedly decreased or absent.
A SDMD DNA test is available from Orivet Australia. Full details are available on Orivet’s website.
The 13th National Dachshund Specialty Show originally planned for May 2021 has been re-scheduled due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new scheduled dates for this show are May 26th, May 27th & May 28th 2023.