Have you ever heard of a dancing disease? We all think of
dancing as an entertaining and fun activity, even an art form, but a
disease? Indeed, there is such a disease, and if you are the
owner of a Doberman Pincher, or a dog aficionado, you might have
heard of it.
Doberman Pinchers are very special and popular. They are
known as athletic, strong and handsome dogs. One of the
breed-specific diseases is Dancing Doberman Syndrome or Disease.
The disease is progressive and is characterized by the
animal holding up one rear leg while standing and switching to the
other leg, back and forth in a motion that looks like a dance. Over
the years, the back legs become weaker and the muscles atrophy.
Dobermans of any age or gender can present signs that start
with holding the rear leg up. Over time both legs are involved and
the dog presents the typical "dance" signs. Some dogs will knuckle
and will prefer sitting on standing.
At the present time there is no treatment or cure, nor
cases of spontaneous recovery.
Despite the progressive nature of the disease, affected
dogs appear to have a full and comfortable life and the long-term
prognosis for a pain-free, acceptable pet is good.