This article is from the Genetic Diseases in Dogs FAQ, by Gary Mason.
Although primarily terrier breeds are referenced here, this effort is
not limited to any specific diseases or breeds. On the contrary, it is
intended to encompass the widest range of both. It is hoped that in
this way, the largest possible group of people will be induced to
participate, and the broadest view of the subject will be developed.
This document is a first step, and proposes to use Type III von
Willebrand's Disease in the Scottish Terrier as the example around
which to build a framework for further efforts. The current level of
knowledge about this disease is extensive, and indicates that this
disease, in this breed, presents one of the simplest cases of genetic
disease in the dog. Even if this proves to be true, vWD still offers a
formidable set of challenges to the community committed to its
eradication. But as a relatively simple example, it provides the
opportunity to"start small". The framework developed for attacking vWD
could be used as the starting point for more elaborate requirements
which would be dictated by more complex diseases.