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Studies on the inheritance of hair loss in the Irish water spaniel
  1. R. Cerundolo, DVM, CertVD, DipECVD, MRCVS1,1,
  2. D. H. Lloyd, PhD, BVetMed, DipECVD, FRCVS1 and
  3. H. G. Pidduck, BSC, PhD2
  1. 1 Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  2. 2 Department of Farm Animal and Equine Medicine and Surgery, The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield AL9 7TA


The inheritance of hair loss in Irish water spaniels has been studied by evaluating the inbreeding levels and genetic relationships in of affected and unaffected dogs. A detailed study of the pedigree tree of four families revealed a familial predisposition suggesting a dominant mode of inheritance.

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  • Dr Cerundolo's present address is Dipartmento di Science Cliniche Veterinarie, Facolta' di Medicina Veterinaria, Via F Delpino 1, 80137 Napoli, Italy

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