Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) refers to the "long and low" body shape characteristic of many dog breeds, but are also seen at low frequency in other breeds.

  • Signs and symptoms

    Chondrodystrophic dogs have characteristically short and bowed legs with a relatively long body.

    Signs of chondrodystrophy are recognized in puppies.

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  • Diagnosis

    Chondrodystrophy can often be identified simply by looking at the affected dog.

  • Treatment

    There is no treatment for chondrodystrophy.

  • What to do if your dog is at risk


    • Ramps on and off furniture may help your chondrodystrophic dog.

  • Genetic Information

    This mutation was originally described in Karelian Bear Dogs and Norwegian Elkhounds.

    This mutation has an autosomal recessive inheritance, meaning that dogs must have two copies of the mutation in order to show the chondrodystrophic appearance.

    Gene names:

    ITGA10 ‐ chr

    Inheritance type:


  • Breeds affected

    This health condition affects the following breeds

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