Excluded Hereditary Conditions by Breed*

Dogs

For a list of conditions that are not covered in all breeds, including mixed-breed dogs, please refer to our list of conditions not covered by your policy. Please also refer to the exclusions section of your policy, which provides that other conditions are not covered by your policy.

Affenpinscher X-linked muscular dystrophy
Afghan Hound Leukodystrophy (hereditary myelopathy); Narcolepsy; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease)
Airdale Terrier Narcolepsy; Pannus (superficial keratitis)
Akita Hereditary storage abnormality (glycogen storage disease III); Pseudohyperkalemia; Zinc-responsive dermatosis
Alaskan Malamute Alopecia X (wooly syndrome); Atypical Cushing's disease; Hemeralopia (daylight blindness); Narcolepsy; Osteochondrodysplasia; Polyneuropathy; X-linked muscular dystrophy; Zinc-responsive dermatosis
American Bulldog Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
American Eskimo Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Narcolepsy; Zinc-responsive dermatosis
American Foxhound Amyloidosis (familial renal disease)
Australian Cattle Dog (Heelers) Dermatomyositis; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Lens luxation
Australian Kelpie Pannus (superficial keratitis)
Australian Shepherd Osteochondrodysplasia; Pannus (superficial keratitis)
Basenji Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Immunoproliferative enteropathy; Intestinal lymphangiectasia; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease)
Basset Hound Combined immunodeficiency; Dermatomyositis; Hereditary storage abnormality (globoid cell leukodystrophy); Hereditary thrombopathia
Beagle Amyloidosis (familial renal disease); Canine juvenile polyarteritis (Beagle pain syndrome); Cerebellar degeneration; Hereditary hepatopathy (copper); Hereditary storage abnormality (GM1 gangliosidosis); Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase(PK)]; Hyperlipidemia; Lens luxation; Narcolepsy
Beauceron Shepherd Dermatomyositis
Bedlington Terrier Hereditary hepatopathy (copper)
Belgian Groenendael X-linked muscular dystrophy
Belgian Tervuren Pannus (superficial keratitis); X-linked muscular dystrophy
Bernese Mountain Dog Color mutant alopecia; Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Multi-systemic - Histiocytosis (cutaneous, systemic and malignant forms)
Bloodhound Spinal muscular atrophy
Border Collie Cerebellar degeneration; Cyclic hematopoiesis or neutropenia; Deafness; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hereditary storage abnormality (GM1 gangliosidosis); Lens luxation; Pannus (superficial keratitis); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Border Terrier Craniomandibular osteopathy; Persistent atrial standstill
Borzoi Hereditary retinal degeneration
Boston Terrier Craniomandibular osteopathy
Bouvier des Flandres Hereditary laryngeal paralysis; Inherited myopathy
Boxer Cardiac arrhythmia (all); Cardiomyopathy; Hereditary storage abnormality (sphingomyelinosis); Histiocytic ulcerative colitis; Lupoid onychopathy; Multiple collagenous nevi or nodular dermatofibrosis (including associated renal and uterine neoplasia); Progressive axonopathy
Briard Hyperlipidemia; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Brittany Spaniel Cerebellar degeneration; Complement deficiency (C3); Hyperlipidemia; Incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle; Lens luxation; Spinal muscular atrophy
Bull Terrier (standard) Cerebellar degeneration; Deafness; Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Lens luxation
Bull Terrier (miniature) Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Lens luxation
Bulldog Abnormal uric acid metabolism resulting in urate urolithiasis; Abnormal xanthine metabolism resulting in xanthine urolithiasis; Urethral prolapse
Bulldog, English Abnormal uric acid metabolism resulting in urate urolithiasis; Abnormal xanthine metabolism resulting in xanthine urolithiasis; Urethral prolapse
Bulldog, French Histiocytic ulcerative colitis
Cairn Terrier Craniomandibular osteopathy; Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Lens luxation; Ocular melanosis; Polycystic kidney disease (familial renal disease); Secondary melanocytic glaucoma; Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Abnormal xanthine metabolism resulting in xanthine urolithiasis; Benign giant inherited platelet disorder; Mitral or tricuspid valve degeneration
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Degenerative myelopathy
Chihuahua Color mutant alopecia; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]
Chow Chow Amyloidosis (familial renal disease); Alopecia X; Atypical Cushing's disease; Color mutant alopecia; Dermatomyositis; Sebaceous adenitis; Seborrhea
Clumber Spaniel Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase (PDP)]; Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Mitochondrial myopathy
Cocker Spaniel, American Cyclic hematopoiesis or neutropenia; Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [phosphofructokinase (PFK)]; Incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle; Lens luxation; Narcolepsy; Neuronal degeneration; Nodular fasciitis (proliferative episcleritis); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy; Sebaceous adenitis; Seborrhea; Sick sinus syndrome; Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis
Cocker Spaniel, English Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Nodular fasciitis (proliferative episcleritis); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Collie Cerebellar degeneration; Cyclic hematopoiesis or neutropenia; Degenerative myelopathy; Dermatomyositis; Hereditary storage abnormality (neuroaxonal dystrophy); Nodular fasciitis (proliferative episcleritis); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Dachshund Abnormal xanthine metabolism resulting in xanthine urolithiasis; Acanthosis nigricans; Color mutant alopecia; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Narcolepsy; Pannus (superficial keratitis); Pinnal vasculopathy; Sensory neuropathy; Sick sinus syndrome
Dalmatian Abnormal uric acid metabolism resulting in urate urolithiasis; Bronzing syndrome; Deafness; Hereditary laryngeal paralysis; Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Leukodystrophy; Muscular cramping; Pannus (superficial keratitis); Scotty cramp
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Lens luxation
Doberman Pinscher Cardiomyopathy; Color mutant alopecia; Dancing Doberman disease; Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Lupoid onychopathy; Narcolepsy; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease)
English Foxhound Amyloidosis (familial renal disease)
English Pointer Deafness; Pannus (superficial keratitis); Sensory neuropathy; Spinal muscular atrophy
English Setter Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
English Springer Spaniel Alopecia X (wooly syndrome); Atypical Cushing's disease; Hereditary myasthenia gravis; Hereditary storage abnormality (fucosidosis); Hereditary storage abnormality (GM1 gangliosidosis); Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [phosphofructokinase (PFK)]; Narcolepsy; Persistent atrial standstill; Protein-losing enteropathy; Rage syndrome; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Finnish Lapphund Hereditary storage abnormality (glycogen storage disease II)
Fox Terrier Hereditary myasthenia gravis; Inherited megaesophagus; Inherited or progressive ataxia; Lens luxation; Leukodystrophy (progressive ataxia)
German Shepherd Degenerative myelopathy; Dermatomyositis; Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency; Familial vasculopathy; Giant axonal neuropathy; Hereditary hyperparathyroidism; Hereditary storage abnormality (glycogen storage disease III); Lupoid onychopathy; Malabsorption syndrome; Multiple collagenous nevi or nodular dermatofibrosis (including associated renal and uterine neoplasia); Pannus (superficial keratitis)
German Shorthaired Pointer Epidermolysis bullosa; Hereditary storage abnormality (GM2 gangliosidosis); Lupoid dermatosis; X-linked muscular dystrophy
Golden Retriever Degenerative myelopathy; Iridociliary or iris cysts; Multiple collagenous nevi or nodular dermatofibrosis (including associated renal and uterine neoplasia); Nodular fasciitis (proliferative episcleritis); Pigmentary uveitis; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy; Sensory neuropathy; X-linked muscular dystrophy
Gorden Setter Cerebellar degeneration
Great Dane Cardiomyopathy; Color mutant alopecia
Great Pyrenees Craniomandibular osteopathy; Osteochondrodysplasia
Greyhound Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Lupoid onychopathy; Pannus (superficial keratitis)
Irish Setter Canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD); Cerebellar degeneration; Color mutant alopecia; Degenerative myelopathy; Gluten-sensitive enteropathy; Lupoid onychopathy; Narcolepsy; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Irish Terrier X-linked muscular dystrophy
Irish Wolfhound Cardiomyopathy
Italian Greyhound Color mutant alopecia
Jack Russell Terrier
(Parson Russell Terrier)
Combined immunodeficiency; Hereditary myasthenia gravis; Hereditary storage abnormality (neuroaxonal dystrophy); Inherited or progressive ataxia; Lens luxation
Japanese Retriever Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
Japanese Spaniel (Chin) Hereditary storage abnormality (GM2 gangliosidosis)
Keeshond Alopecia X; Atypical Cushing's disease
Kerry Blue Terrier Cerebellar degeneration; Craniomandibular osteopathy; Degenerative myelopathy; Spiculosis
Kooikerhondje
(Dutch Waterfowl Dog)
Degenerative myelopathy
Kuvasz Dermatomyositis
Labrador Retriever Central axonopathy; Degenerative myelopathy; Exercise induced collapse; Inherited primary myopathy; Narcolepsy; Osteochondrodysplasia; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy; Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis
Lancashire Heeler Lens luxation
Maltese Hereditary storage abnormality (glycogen storage disease); Necrotizing meningoencephalitis
Manchester Terrier Lens luxation
Mastiff, Bull Hereditary storage abnormality (neuroaxonal dystrophy)
Mastiff, Tibetan Hypertrophic neuropathy
Miniature Pinscher Color mutant alopecia; Hereditary storage abnormality (mucopolysaccharidosis VI); Pannus (superficial keratitis)
Norwegian Elkhound Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Osteochondrodysplasia; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease)
Norwegian Lundehund Intestinal lymphangiectasia; Malabsorption syndrome; Protein-losing enteropathy
Norwich Terrier Lens luxation; Scotty cramp
Old English Sheepdog Degenerative myelopathy
Old Danish Pointing Dog Hereditary myasthenia gravis
Otterhound Thrombasthenic thrombopathia
Plott Hound Hereditary storage abnormality (mucopolysaccharidosis I)
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
Pomeranian Alopecia X; Atypical Cushing's disease; Cyclic hematopoiesis or neutropenia
Poodle (Miniature) Alopecia X; Atypical Cushing's disease; Color mutant alopecia; Hemeralopia (daylight blindness); Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hereditary storage abnormality (globoid cell leukodystrophy); Hereditary storage abnormality (sphingomyelinosis); Narcolepsy; Nodular fasciitis (proliferative episcleritis); Sebaceous adenitis
Poodle (Standard) Color mutant alopecia; Hemeralopia (daylight blindness); Sebaceous adenitis
Poodle (Toy and Teacup) Color mutant alopecia; Sebaceous adenitis
Portuguese Water Dog Cardiomyopathy; Hereditary storage abnormality (GM1 gangliosidosis)
Pug (Chinese Pug) Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis (Pug encephalitis)
Rat Terrier, American X-linked muscular dystrophy
Rhodesian Ridgeback Color mutant alopecia; Degenerative myelopathy
Rottweiler Deafness; Distal myopathy; Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary storage abnormality (neuroaxonal dystrophy); Incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle; Leukodystrophy (Leukoencephalomyelopathy); Lupoid onychopathy; Narcolepsy; Polyneuropathy; Spinal muscular atrophy
Saint Bernard Narcolepsy
Saluki Color mutant alopecia; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
Samoyed Alopecia X; Atypical Cushing's disease; Cerebellar degeneration; Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary myasthenia gravis; Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Osteochondrodysplasia; X-linked muscular dystrophy; Zinc-responsive dermatosis
Schipperke Color mutant alopecia
Schnauzer, Giant Hereditary malabsorption abnormality (Cobalamin-B12); Narcolepsy
Schnauzer, Miniature Comedo syndrome; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Hyperlipidemia; Inherited megaesophagus; Sick sinus syndrome; X-linked muscular dystrophy
Scottish Deerhound Cardiomyopathy; Osteochondrodysplasia
Scottish Terrier Craniomandibular osteopathy; Familial vasculopathy; Lens luxation; Scotty cramp; Sensory neuropathy
Sealyham Terrier Lens luxation; Scotty cramp
Shar Pei (Chinese Shar Pei) Amyloidosis (familial renal disease); Cutaneous Mucinosis; Lens luxation; Shar-Pei fever; Synovitis
Shetland Sheep Dog (Sheltie) Color mutant alopecia; Dermatomyositis; Renal tubular dysfunction (familial renal disease); Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Shih Tzu Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease)
Siberian Husky Alopecia X (wooly syndrome); Atypical Cushing's disease; Degenerative myelopathy; Hereditary laryngeal paralysis; Lens luxation; Pannus (superficial keratitis); Sensory neuropathy; Zinc-responsive dermatosis
Silky Terrier Hereditary storage abnormality (glucocerebrosidosis)
Skye Terrier Hereditary hepatopathy (copper); Lens luxation
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Hereditary nephritis (familial renal disease); Inflammatory bowel disease; Intestinal lymphangiectasia; Malabsorption syndrome; Protein-losing enteropathy; Protein-losing nephropathy
Sussex Spaniel Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase (PDP)]; Mitochondrial myopathy
Swedish Lapphund Hereditary storage abnormality (glycogen storage disease II)
Tibetan Terrier Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis); Lens luxation
Toy Fox Terrier Lens luxation
Weimaraner Familial glomerulonephritis (familial renal disease); Inherited immunodeficiency; Leukodystrophy (hereditary myelopathy); Lupoid onychopathy
Welsh Corgi, Cardigan Combined immunodeficiency; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Combined immunodeficiency; Degenerative myelopathy; Dermatomyositis; Narcolepsy; Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy; X-linked muscular dystrophy
Welsh Springer Spaniel Narcolepsy
Welsh Terrier Lens luxation
West Highland White Terrier Craniomandibular osteopathy; Hereditary thrombopathia deficiency [pyruvate kinase (PK)]; Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; Lens luxation
Whippet Color mutant alopecia; Sensory neuronopathy
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Narcolepsy
Yorkshire Terrier Abnormal uric acid metabolism resulting in urate urolithiasis; Melanoderma and alopecia of Yorkshire Terrier; Necrotizing meningoencephalitis
Yugoslavian Sheepdog Abnormal uric acid metabolism resulting in urate urolithiasis; Hereditary storage abnormality (ceroid lipofuscinosis)

Cats

For a list of conditions that are not covered in all breeds, including mixed-breed cats, please refer to our list of conditions not covered by your policy. Please also refer to the exclusions section of your policy, which provides that other conditions are not covered by your policy.

Abyssinian Amyloidosis
American Shorthair Cardiomyopathy
British Shorthair Cardiomyopathy
Cornish Rex Myopathy
Maine Coon Cardiomyopathy
Manx Megacolon
Manx Longhair Megacolon
Persian Cardiomyopathy, Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (bleeding tendency and immune deficiency)
Siamese Amyloidosis, Endocardial fibroelastosis, Persistent atrial standstill

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* We regard these conditions as hereditary disorders, defects, or diseases that are excluded under some Nationwide® Pet Insurance policies. Refer to your policy to determine if hereditary coverage is available.

Posted on Whats-Not-Covered on July 24, 2009. Please refer to your Nationwide Pet Insurance policy and Declarations Page for a full list of exclusions.

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