Epilepsy Scheme

The epilepsy scheme has now finished, as research shows that the epilepsy in our breed is not caused by a single autosomal recessive gene.   For details of the latest research please see  the Health Matters information on epilepsy.


The idea of a genetic tendency to epilepsy in the Keeshond was first formally published in 1964.

Towards the end of the 1980s, the late Dr. Margaret Wallace carried out a pedigree analysis of 15 Keeshonds diagnosed by Veterinary Surgeons as epileptic and 34 litters that did not show the condition.

From this evidence it was determined that a single autosomal (non sexual linked) recessive gene predisposes the condition.

In order to reduce the frequency of this harmful gene, The Keeshond Club established the Genetic Counselling Scheme in 1989. This scheme is based on the fact that if an animal has one or more carriers in its pedigree, then it is probable that it has inherited the harmful recessive gene. This probability is then calculated to determine the chance of a given mating producing carrier or an epileptic puppy.

From this calculation the breeder is advised whether or not it is deemed safe to proceed with the planned mating.



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