Searching for the Cause for Alopecia X by Whole Genome Sequencing
We will attempt to identify the molecular genetic cause of a alopecia X, a skin disease that affects Pomeranian dogs and members of other Nordic dog breeds, by generating and analyzing whole genome sequences with DNA from affected dogs.
Affected dogs diagnosed with Alopecia X, who were under 2 years of age when clinical signs began to appear, AND from clinically normal dogs 5yrs of age or older who have not experienced abnormal hair loss.
Breeds: Pomeranians, Alaskan Malamutes, Chow Chows, Keeshonds, Samoyeds, Schipperkes, and Siberian Huskies.
Owner Responsibilities (Samples to be collected):
DNA samples (via whole blood in EDTA, OR, buccal cells on FTA-elute cards)
Completed and signed submission form and alopecia survey (download here)
Pedigree copy (if available)
Name: Dr. Gary Johnson; Liz Hansen (for participation)
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.