Beagle Dwarfism Syndrome (BDS)--"Dwarfism"--"The Funnies"

This condition has been known as chondrodystrophy or the "funnies" in beagles for decades. Another name for it is Skeletal dysplasia or chondrodysplasia. Even these terms causes confusion as they are used to describe other conditions associated with chondrodystrophy in the research literature. I personally am going to call it Beagle Dwarfism Syndrome (BDS). It is a form of dwarfism that is NOT related to the new IVDD Chondrodystrophy test now offered by many labs. To read more about this new test please read my statement on "The New IVDD ChrondystrophyTest."

On January 18 2007, Dr. Mark Neff of U.C. Davis called CWBC President Claudia Anderson to tell her that the previous day he had a significant breakthrough in identifying the genetic marker for chondrodystrophy - dwarfism in beagles. Dr. Neff told Claudia that they have narrowed the location of the mutation that causes chondrodystrophy (dwarfism-BDS) in beagles to 30 genes in the same region on chromosome 6. While more research will need to be done to further determine the exact genes involved, Dr. Neff stated that with the information they have, they can begin to say that a specific Beagle does or does not carry the gene that causes the dwarfing condition.....".

Beagle Genetics Summary from Dr. Neff--October 2007

Beagles affected. with chondrodystrophy of "dwarfism" can be affected in varying degrees. Some have major defects as pictured below and others mildly affected. Many survive well in geriatric years and are beloved pets. Some have competed in obedience. Here is a link to a blog about a beagle affected with this disorder. At the bottom of the page are also additional pictures.

This excerpt is from the CWBC Newsletter. To read the entire article please use this link. Use your back button to return to this page.

There is NOT a genetic test available at this time (2019) for this disorder

        Beagle with severe chondrodystrophy.Note the shortened neck, curved back and deformed front and rear legs.  Picture by Diane Quenell, published in The New Beagle. 1998 Edition (see ordering link below) Permission for posting by authors. Note the position of the front legs.   Picture by Diane Quenell, published in The New Beagle. 1998 Edition.

 Excerpts of an article by Claudia Anderson, TwainHeart Beagles Woodland, WA
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