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 Canine Health Information Center

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 anytime.  Researchers may then access these samples to be included in their canine health studies.  Learn more at the CHIC website.

Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC) 

The CCOGC collects tissues and fluids from dogs with specific cancer types following strict SOPs.  These procedures ensure all samples are of high quality and can be used consistently across multiple research projects.  The samples are assessable to any research project with scientific merit.  You can learn more about CCOGC and find a collection site near you at the CCOGC 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. Resources for finding clinical trials.

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:


Discovery of Novel Protein, Blood, and Epigenetic Biomarkers of Lymphoma Risk, Classification, and Prognosis in Golden Retrievers

Breed(s): Golden Retriever
Study Type: DNA Sample, Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Missouri, Colorado State University, Texas A&M

Evaluation of a New Ultra-Low Fat Diet for the Management of Primary Hyperlipidemia in Dogs

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Texas A&M University Gastrointestinal Laboratory

Fluroscopic and Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Diaphragmatic Motion in Dogs Affected by Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Breed(s): Redbone Coonhound, Old English Sheepdog
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Frequency of the ABCB1-1Delta Mutation Associated With Acepromazine Sensitivity in Boxer Dogs

Breed(s): Boxer
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Washington State University

Using Enhanced Imaging to Evaluate Tumor Margins for Canine Mammary Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Breed(s): Pembroke Welsh Corgi, American Eskimo Dog, Irish Setter, Briard, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Afghan Hound, Siberian Husky, German Shorthaired Pointer, Shih Tzu, Norwich Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Skye Terrier, Canaan Dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Welsh Terrier, Flat-Coated Retriever, Saluki, French Bulldog, Field Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bearded Collie, Tibetan Spaniel, Kuvasz, Bedlington Terrier, Beauceron, Standard Schnauzer
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Microbiota-Gut-Brain axis in canine epilepsy-Determining the role of Lactobacilli

Disease(s): Epilepsy
Study Location: North Carolina State University Comparative Medicine Institute and College of Veterinary Medicine

Canine Osteosarcoma Clinical Trial

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Genetic Diversity Testing for Golden Retrievers

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

Genomics of Deafness in Dalmatians

Breed(s): Dalmatian
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Sydney AUSTRALIA


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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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