Pointers – Disease Predisposition

English Pointer


Cardiovascular conditions

Aortic stenosis
  • Congenital
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Rare
  • Inherited in this breed
Pericardial effusion

Dermatological conditions

Nasal folliculitis/furunculosis
Muzzle folliculitis – furunculosis
  • Also known as canine acne
Discoid lupus erythematosus
Hereditary lupoid dermatosis of German Short-haired Pointers
  • Familial
Black hair follicular dysplasia
  • Familial
Acral mutilation syndrome
Nasal depigmentation
  • Also known as Dudley nose
Truncal solar dermatitis

Endocrine conditions

Central diabetes insipidus (CDI) (German Short-haired Pointers)

Gastrointestinal conditions

Cleft palate
  • Congenital disorder with inheritance suspected in this breed
Oropharyngeal neoplasia (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition

Haematological conditions

Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Affects German Short-haired and German Wire-haired Pointers
  • This breed is predisposed to type II disease

Infectious conditions

  • Increased incidence in this breed possibly due to an increased likelihood of exposure
  • Seen mainly in young male dogs living near water
  • Increased incidence in this breed possibly due to an increased likelihood of exposure

• Uncommon

Musculoskeletal conditions

English Pointer enchondrodystrophy
Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • More common in German Short-haired Pointers
Umbilical hernia

Neoplastic conditions

Mast cell tumours
  • Possible breed predisposition
Cutaneous haemangioma (English Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition
Oropharyngeal neoplasia (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition
Nasal cavity tumours (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Reported to be at increased risk for nasal carcinoma

Neurological conditions

Congenital deafness
Spinal muscular atrophy (English Pointers)
  • Inheritance suspected
Sensory neuropathy (English and German Short-haired Pointers)
Lysosomal storage disease – GM2 gangliosidosis (Japanese and German Short-haired Pointers)
Meningitis and polyarteritis (German Short-haired Pointers)
Pyogranulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis
Hemivertebrae (of the thoracic vertebrae in German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Autosomal recessive inheritance reported in some lines

Ocular conditions

Entropion (usually lateral lower lids)
  • Breed predisposition
Chronic superficial keratitis (pannus) (English Pointers)
  • Breed predisposition
Eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Breed predisposition –  believed to be inherited as a recessive trait
Corneal dystrophy (English Pointers)
Cataract (English Pointers)
  • Dominant inheritance suspected
Cataract (German Short-haired and German Wire-haired Pointers)
  • Inheritance suspected
Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA) (German Short-haired and English Pointers)

Reproductive conditions

XX sex reversal (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Congenital condition reported in this breed

Respiratory conditions

Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Affects English Pointers

1 Comment on "Pointers – Disease Predisposition"

  1. Juley Cronin | June 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm |

    Hi there
    We are in the process of adopting a german pointer from the SPCA
    Please could you confirm that we are doing the right thing and what possible health issues he may encounter.

    Many thanks for your advice

    Rgds Juley

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