Boxer cardiomyopathy (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC))
Boxer cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart disease. The disease affects the heart muscle and can cause the development of arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden death. It would appear there is a marked geographical pattern, with the majority of cases reported in the US and in the UK, but this disease appears to be seen much less frequently in mainland Europe. Screening programmes have been introduced to try to identify affected dogs and remove them from the breeding population.