Black Russian Terrier - JLPP

Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy
(There is No Known Cure at this Stage, All Puppies Die before the Age of 6 Months. DO NOT purchase Puppies from Untested Parents) it is Shameful and Unethical if a Breeder Does Not DNA Test on Potentially Fatal Diseases and from a Personal Perspective Disgusting. 

Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy (JLPP) is a neurological disorder which has been discovered in Black Russian Terriers. As a disorder affecting the nerves, it is named polyneuropathy: poly- (many), neuro- (nerves), -pathy (a disease). It is a most common disorder in the Rottweilers, one of the breeds that was used to creat the Black Russian Terrier breed. The disorder appears too be similar to Charcot Marie Tooth disease which affects humans. The same as in Charcot Marie Tooth disease, Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy in dogs appears as very heterogeneous, from predominantly demyelinating forms to predominantly axonal forms. Predominantly demyelinating forms are characterized by very slow motor nerve conduction velocities (MNCV) and histopathological evidence of demyelination. Predominantly axonal forms are characterized by mildly slowed MNCV and axonal abnormalities on histopathology with many intermediate forms


The first symptoms of the disease appear in the larynx and throat. In a healthy dog, one of the longest nerves in the body supplies the muscles of the voice box, called larynx. While the dog is barking, air moves over the vocal folds, which start to vibrate. On the other hand, when the dog breathes in, larynx’s muscles pull the vocal folds on the side, so the air can easily enter the lungs. When the nerves are unable to transmit this message correctly, and the muscles become weak or even paralyzed. The dog is unable to breath in properly, due to vocal fold which cannot be pulled out of the way. This is called the laryngeal paralysis, and it is often the first symptom in the affected dogs. Affected dogs breath noisily, and the air flow into the lungs is particulary difficult during the dog’s exercise or in the hot weather. Choking on food or water is common, which often results in pneumonia. Abnormalities in the eye development of the affected dogs have been also reported. JLPP affecred dogs appear to have smaller eyes than normal, a condition called microphthalmia, and they develope cataracts as well as other changes, such as severe Paralysis of all nerves in the body! So essentially the puppy will be unable to walk, finds it harder to get up as they begin to slowly become paralysed in their limbs! 



Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy (JLPP) is caused by a mutation in the RAB3GAP1 gene. The disorder is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. In case of showing the jlpp symptoms, the healthy parents of the affected puppy are obligate heterozygotes, and therefore carry one mutant allele. Heterozygotes have no symptoms. At conception, each pup has a 25% chance of being affected, a 50% chance of being an asymptomatic carrier, and a 25% chance of being unaffected  not a carrier. There is no cure for this disorder, and only way to prevent it, is to breed dogs which are not carriers of the mutation. Defected genes for autosomal recessive disease can be passed for many generations without affected individuals occurring until two carriers are bred to one another. The only way to find out if there is a chance of getting an affected puppy is to do genetic testing. There are no Affected Dogs that make it to Breeding Age as all Affected Progeny die a terrible death by the time they are 6 Months Old, normally being humanely Put To Sleep way before reaching 6 Months. 



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Joanna Starling

0431 121-939

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Vermont Victoria 3133

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