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:


Evaluation of Gallbladder Motility in Dogs with Hyperlipidemia

Breed(s): Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature Schnauzer
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine

Breed Specific Reference Ranges for Canine Thyroid Testing

Breed(s): Rhodesian Ridgeback, Whippet, Irish Setter
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Michigan State University

Efficacy of Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Colorado State University

Identification of Genetic Markers for Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Bullmastiffs

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

Clinical evaluation of propranolol in combination with doxorubicin for the treatment of hemangiosarcoma

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample, Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Minnesota

Canine influenza and other infectious disease concerns at dog group events

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Location: University of Guelph, Ohio State University, University of Florida

Investigating the role of interleukin-17-producing cells in the pathophysiology of canine immune mediated hemolytic anemia

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Ontario Veterinary College

Characterization of retinal phenotypes and their association with RPGRIP1 and modifiers in English Springer Spaniels

Breed(s): English Springer Spaniel
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania

Investigation into Subclinical Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in 4 Dog Breeds

Breed(s): Miniature Schnauzer, Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Florida


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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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