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:


Cancer Tumor Samples Needed for Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium

Breed(s): All Dogs
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: Van Andel Research Institute - Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC)

Samples Needed from Havanese

Breed(s): Havanese
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota

Samples Needed from Brussels Griffon Dogs

Breed(s): Brussels Griffon
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Georgia

Samples Needed from Samoyeds and Australian Terriers

Breed(s): Australian Terrier, Samoyed
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania

Samples Needed from Irish Wolfhounds affected by Osteosarcoma

Breed(s): Irish Wolfhound
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Norwich Terriers affected by Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome

Breed(s): Norwich Terrier
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers affected by Melanoma

Breed(s): Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Spinones and Parson Russell Terriers affected by Cerebellar Ataxia

Breed(s): Parson Russell Terrier, Spinone
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Several Breeds affected by Mammary Tumors

Breed(s): Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd Dog
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust

Samples Needed from Cavaliers affected by Episodic Falling/Collapsing Cavalier

Breed(s): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Animal Health Trust


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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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