Mooresville, NC: Remembering Sinnbad

A few weeks ago when I was visiting the Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation to take portraits of their new foster dogs, I got to meet + photograph a spunky rottweiler pup called Sinnbad.

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Sinnbad had a rare + fatal condition called Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis + Polyneuropathy (JLPP). This disease is a recessive genetic disorder that can be detected with a DNA test before breeding the potential rottweiler parents. Puppies with JLPP don’t usually make it to their first birthday.

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Rottweilers with JLPP suffer neurological difficulties including larynx paralysis, respiratory issues, poor vision, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, + more.

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Even though Sinnbad had unique challenges, he always had a good attitude. He was lively, friendly, + loved everyone he met. He spent his days happily playing with his toy collection, eating treats, and doing physical therapy with his person.

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Sinnbad’s life may have only been a few months long, but he had all the love + care a dog could hope for.

Through his story, many people have learned about JLPP and the importance of DNA testing before breeding. Please share this post to raise awareness about JLPP!

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To make a donation in Sinnbad’s memory, please visit

-Elizabeth A.