Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis is an allergic and itchy skin disease. The allergic reaction is triggered by allergens in the dog's environment but there is a genetic predisposition making some dogs more prone to the disease. The symptoms are rash on the face, paws, groin, armpits and ears. Progression of atopic dermatitis can lead to hair loss, scabs, and secondary bacterial skin infection.


Latest Research Update: A comparison of the genome of German Shepherds affected and unaffected by atopic dermatitis has resulted in several interesting candidate regions in the genome that might contain genetic changes that are involved in the disease development. These are currently being investigated further with the latest sequence technology. However, in the next step, more samples are needed from both affected dogs and healthy controls.


Breeds: German Shepherd, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Labrador retriever, West Highland Terrier, Golden Retriever


Main collaborators: Åke Hedhammar and Kerstin Bergvall (Swedish University of Agricultural Science), Katarina Tengvall (Uppsala University), Tosso Leeb (Bern University) and LUPA


Main contact: Katarina Tengvall, Katarina.tengvall@imbim.uu.se