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:


Samples Need from Several Breeds affected by Lymphoma

Breed(s): Cocker Spaniel, Leonberger, Irish Wolfhound, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Samples Needed from Giant Breeds affected by Osteosarcoma

Breed(s): Greyhound, Rottweiler, Leonberger, Borzoi, Great Pyrenees, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Golden Retriever, Mastiff, Scottish Deerhound
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Renal Dysplasia and Canine Kidney Disease

Breed(s): Lhasa Apso, Shetland Sheepdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Miniature Schnauzer, -All Dogs, Boxer
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

DNA Samples Needed from Scotties, Westies and Shelties

Breed(s): Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Ostrander Laboratory at the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH, in collaboration with the Purdue Comparative Oncology program at Purdue University

Medium to Large Breed Dogs with Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine

Healthy Terriers, Spaniels and Poodles for Activity Level Study

Breed(s): Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cesky Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, English Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Fox Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Irish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Mixed Breeds, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Russell Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Silky Terrier, Skye Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sussex Spaniel, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Identifying What Attracts Ticks to Dogs

Breed(s): Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Greyhound, Labrador Retriever
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: University of Florida

Dogs with Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Multiple study sites (see study description)

Dogs with Leptospirosis

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Disease(s): Leptospirosis
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of California-Davis

American Gut Project

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Multi-Institution


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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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