Participate in Research

Canine health researchers throughout the country are looking for dogs to help them better understand disease. In some cases, you and your dog need to live close to the research institution. In other cases, you can participate no matter where you live. Learn more about the significant impact you can make on canine health research through your participation.

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) DNA Repository 

The CHIC DNA Repository, co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.  DNA samples from any purebred dog may be submitted at any time.  Researchers may then access these samples to be included in their canine health studies.  Learn more at the CHIC website.  

Clinical Trials

If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a disease, there may be a clinical trial in your area investigating a treatment for that disease.  Enrolling in a clinical trial brings with it a commitment to follow through on therapies and testing. The benefits can include access to cutting-edge medicine and the chance to help future generations of dogs. Use the Individual Research Projects search engine below or review these resources for finding clinical trials.

Sample Submission

The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds canine health research, but does not directly accept samples on behalf of our funded researchers. Biologic sample submission and participation requirements vary by study, so please contact the study center directly to determine which, if any, opportunities match your current situation. Use the Individual Research Projects search engine below to review current opportunities.

Individual Research Projects

Search for a study by the below criteria to narrow the selection.  More information may be obtained by selecting an individual project.


Research Area:


Portuguese Water Dog Syndromic Ocular Disease (Microphthalmia)

Breed(s): Portuguese Water Dog
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania

Targeting the T helper cell inflammatory pathway in meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown etiology

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Georgia

Identifying the Genetic Basis of Protein Losing Enteropathy in Yorkshire Terriers

Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Exploring the Genetics of Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis in A Population of Dogs in North America

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Identification of genetic risk allele(s) associated with the development of tricuspid valve dysplasia in the Labrador Retriever

Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

A Novel Approach for Prevention of Canine Hemangiosarcoma

Breed(s): Portuguese Water Dog, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota

Identification of Genetic Markers for Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Bullmastiffs

Breed(s): Bullmastiff
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of California, Davis

Characterization of Renal Disease in American Boxer Dogs

Breed(s): Boxer
Study Type: DNA Sample, Tissue Sample
Study Location: The Ohio State University

Evaluation of a potential therapy for canine degenerative myelopathy

Breed(s): Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Boxer
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Missouri

Development of Methods to Predict the Outcome of Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: The University of Arizona, Valley Fever Center for Excellence


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 *The AKC Canine Health Foundation ensures studies are Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved and provide standard informed owner consent information before publicizing requests for participation. Not all projects listed are funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the inclusion of information about studies does not necessarily imply a recommendation for participation. This list is provided as a service to dog owners and breeders.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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