Schipperkes are to be included in the research to map the gene for epilepsy!
If your schip or any relatives have ever had a seizure please send a sample of blood for the study
You can find all the information here
The forms and instructions are on the website. This is one of the most important studies being done for our breed
The Schipperke thanks you
Here is some information about this research
The Canine Epilepsy Project is a collaborative study into the causes
of epilepsy in dogs. It is supported by grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), individual breed clubs and private donations. Grants supporting this research are CHF Completed Grant #1718, CHF Completed Grant #1729, CHF Completed Grant #1845, CHF Active Grant #2252, CHF Active Grant
#2304, and NIH Award #1K08NS0224501.
Canine Epilepsy Research
Ned Patterson, DVM
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary
Gary Johnson, DVM, PhD
University of Missouri, College of Veterinary
Our goal is to find the genes responsible for epilepsy in dogs so that wise breeding can decrease the incidence of the
disease in dogs. We also hope that knowing what genes regulate epilepsy in dogs may help us better tailor our therapy to the
The objectives of our investigations into hereditary canine epilepsy are:
- Recruit samples from a large number of affected individuals and their immediate
family members (siblings, parents, and grandparents), from many breeds of dogs.
- Evaluate the genotype of selected families to search for linkage between DNA markers and clinical epilepsy, then use this information to identify the causative mutation
- Devise a DNA marker test that detects and distinguishes normal and mutant (epilepsy-causing)
alleles, and make this test available to dog breeders so that they can produce epilepsy-free dogs.