Development of a DNA Test

Some Jack Russell Terriers (JRTs) suffer from a progressive neonatal cerebellar ataxia that differs from a previously reported spinocerebellar ataxia in this breed. Serial neurologic examinations of affectedp ups revealed normal mentation, intention tremors and severe gait, stance and ocular ataxia beginning at 2 weeks of age. A dancing gait, hypometria in all limbs, decrease ...

Ataxia

Submitted by Debbie Johnson It has been almost 20 years since I first experienced Cerebellar Ataxia. I had spent several years acquiring a number of quality working bitches before I decided to purchase a stud dog that would compliment my acquired bitch’s pedigrees. Before long my first resulting litter whelped, I still remember the feeling ...

Ataxia in the Jack Russell Terrier

Cerebellar Ataxia a.k.a. neonatal cerebellar ataxia, primary granule cell degeneration Onset of signs – 2 weeks of age when pups begin to ambulate Neurologic abnormalities – An uncoordinated gait, spastic in all limbs, start out as a goose-stepping stride which progresses to a stilted stride in all limbs.  Dogs develop more difficulty in forward ambulation ...