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:


Defining the Flow Cytometric Characteristics of Normal and Diseased Canine Spleen and Visceral Lymph Nodes

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

Three-dimensional Echocardiographic Determinants of the Age of Onset of Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Breed(s): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Study Type: Radiographic Study
Study Location: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Embracing Polygenicity of Common Complex Disease in Dogs: Genome-wide Association of Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Immune targeting of the V600E B-Raf neo-antigen in canine urothelial carcinoma

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Pennsylvania

Is Gut Dysbiosis Associated with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy?

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Genetic Basis of Exercise-Induced Collapse in Border Collie Related Breeds

Breed(s): Shetland Sheepdog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Whippet, Border Collie
Study Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Minnesota

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

Identification of Genetic Markers for Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis in Rottweilers

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

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


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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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