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:


Effect of Duration of Red Blood Cell Storage on Transfusion-Associated Inflammation in Dogs with Anemia

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

Blood Samples Needed for GDV/Bloat Study

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

German Shepherd Dogs Needed for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Study

Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog
Study Type: Blood Sample, DNA Sample
Study Location: Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London

Clinical Trial for Dogs with Atrial Fibrillation and Structural Heart Disease

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

The Canine Sacroiliac Joint Angle: Breed Variations and Relationship to Lumbosacral, Pelvic, and Stifle Angles

Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever
Study Type: Radiographic Study
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Semen Samples Needed for Subfertility in Male Breeding Dogs Study

Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Study Location: University of California, Davis

EDTA Blood Samples Needed For Dal-Negative Blood Type Study

Breed(s): Doberman Pinscher, Dalmatian
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Université de Montréal & University of Pennsylvania

DNA and Serum Samples Needed - HOD in Irish Setters

Breed(s): Irish Setter
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of California - Davis

Samples Needed for Addison’s Disease Study

Breed(s): -All Dogs, Standard Poodle
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Blood and DNA Samples Needed from Boxer Dogs and French Bulldogs for Granulomatous Colitis Study

Breed(s): French Bulldog, Boxer
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Cornell University


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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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