Ectodermal Dysplasia - Skin Fragility Syndrome (ED/SFS) is a painful, inherited disease in Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Affected dogs are born with a dysfunctional form of a protein important in linking adjacent skin cells together. Affected dogs have unusually fragile skin that is easily damaged during normal activity. Disease is recognized shortly after birth with pale, translucent skin on dog’s ears, feet, nose and mouth. ED/SFS is very painful hereditary disease and most affected dogs die in the neonatal period or are euthanized shortly after birth.
Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more
Mutation: PKP1 gene
Genetic test: The method used for genetic testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers, and healthy dogs. DNA testing can be done at any age.
Disease control: read more
DNA test sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.