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How Breeders Can Help

We require blood samples collected from 45 Deerhounds with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and 45 DCM-free, healthy Deerhounds to act as a control group for comparison purposes.

In order to participate in the study:

  • Your Deerhound needs to have undergone echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) by a vet who has further cardiology qualifications, such as the RCVS certificate in cardiology, the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology, ECVIM or ACVIM Diploma in Cardiology

  • To isolate DNA, we require a blood sample. If your Deerhound is seeing a vet and having a blood sample taken for other purposes, please ask the vet to keep 5 mL of surplus blood in EDTA tubes for use in this study. This blood sample can be taken by any vet.

To enrol your dog you can follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. If your dog has echocardiography results and a blood sample (or will have in the near future), please complete the online consent form and email a copy to
  2. Complete the online submission form. For this you will need:
    • A copy of your dog’s echocardiography report
    • Pedigree details, including the name of your dog's dam and sire
    • Your dog’s bodyweight (kg), ideally measured on the day of the echocardiogram
    • If available, we would also like an ECG and/or a 24 hour Holter recording, although these are not essential. If your dog has undergone these tests, it would be helpful If you had a copy of the results to enter
  3. Post the blood samples either to Germany (for all EU countries except the UK), to the UK or to the USA. The Scottish Deerhound Club of America will cover the $20 postage fee if the sample can also be used in their DCM study.

If you have any questions about this process, please email Emily Dutton at: or

Unfortunately, the study cannot cover any postage costs incurred or any fees your vet or cardiologist may charge.

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