00438-A: Collection of Baseline Data for the Australian Cattle Dog Project 2020
Grant Status: Closed
AbstractIn a unique and innovative collaboration this team seeks to develop a set of teaching tools for University of Iowa students. The core of this innovation is the use of domestic dogs to study inheritable diseases and genetic variation within species. A focus of the pioneering project is to study a common eye disease of Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD). Over 22 percent of ACD's have reduced vision late in life due to progressive rod-cone degeneration. As the breed was developed to herd cattle and act as watchdogs over their herd the loss of vision is highly detrimental to their job as a breed. The long-term goal of the study is to develop a web-based tool to test alternate strategies for selective removal of the eye disease from the breed. These alternate strategies can then be discussed in the classroom and debated by members of the ACD community in America and worldwide. The immediate goal is to learn whether the disease is associated with any morphological, behavioral or genetic traits of interest. The investigators will develop educational materials for teaching undergraduate students and educating dog breeders and owners.
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.