Normal Uric Acid Dalmatians also known as Low Uric Acid Dalmatians & Backcross Dalmatians

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                            Click below to see the LUA Dalmatian Parade  
LUA vs HUA Dalmatian Urine
Freely voided urine samples collected at the DNA Specialty September, 2009. 
Take a look around this website and click on the videos below 
to learn more about this breeding program and these wonderful Dalmatians.  
These samples were chilled on ice.  The cloudy urine from the 
HUA Dalmatian reveals the 10-20x higher concentration of 
urinary uric acid that predisposes to urate crystals, stones,
and urinary obstruction in these Dalmatians.  The purpose
of the LUA breeding program ("backcross project") is to 
incorporate the canine normal urinary uric acid metabolism
gene (U) into the Dalmatian to reduce, or eliminate, the
chance of urate stone formation that afflicts a high percentage
of AKC Dalmatians, especially males.  LUA Dalmatians
(left, clear urine) cannot make urate stones with the same
high percentages as AKC Dalmatians. 
 "You can't build a brick house without bricks".  
You can't make urate stones without urates.  
It is just that simple!

Left: Normal /Low Uric Acid Dalmatian (LUA)
Right: High Uric Acid Dalmatian (HUA, All AKC Dals)

Welcome to this website dedicated to Low Uric Acid Dalmatians.

The “Dalmatian Backcross Project” commenced in 1973 with the original outcross
of an AKC registered Champion Pointer sire bred to an AKC registered Dalmatian dam.
Dr. Robert Schaible conducted the breeding in an effort to address the fixed genetic defect in Dalmatians that affects uric acid metabolism and that may lead to increased urinary uric acid, urate crystals,
urinary bladder aggregate formation, stones, urinary tract obstruction and even death.

This wonderful breeding prgram is presently at the 14th generation from the original cross. 
The progeny have 99.98% AKC registered Dalmatians in their pedigrees and on parentage analysis,
their DNA is 99.8% the same as AKC registered Dalmatians. 

Low Uric Acid dogs (LUA) <also referred to as Normal Uric Acid (NUA)> exhibit a 10-fold lower urinary uric acid to creatinine ratio when compared to other Dalmatians with high Uric Acid (HUA).
We are happy to announce that the Low Uric Acid Dalmatians have been registered by the AKC.
 Effective July 2011