Celebrating 25 Years of Advancing the Health of All Dogs

AKC Canine Health Foundation's 25th Anniversary logo

In 2020, the AKC Canine Health Foundation celebrates our 25th anniversary.

Founded by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1995 as an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization to focus on research specifically for canine health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has been bolstered by outstanding donor support and continues to make great strides in advancing the health of all dogs. Through canine health research grants, educational grants, conferences, educational and health resources, and more, the physical, mental, and social well-being of dogs has always been our focus. From mapping the canine genome to research initiatives exploring common but complex diseases such as cancer, bloat, epilepsy, and tick-borne disease, CHF finds and funds projects with the greatest potential to advance the health of dogs.

We thank the AKC, Purina, our corporate partners, AKC parent clubs, funded researchers, and every supporter that has contributed to achieving our mission!

We invite you to explore CHF’s notable achievements in the timeline and materials here. More importantly, we invite you join us for the next 25 years to help all dogs live longer, healthier lives.

Click here to donate $25 in honor of our 25th anniversary


AKC Canine Health Foundation 25th Anniversary Timeline

Click here to view a timeline of CHF milestones and achievements.


Learn More About CHF Achievements:

In the Best of Health
CEO Dr. Diane Brown discusses the AKC Canine Health Foundation and celebration of CHF's 25th anniversary. Originally printed in ShowSight Magazine March 2020.

Collaborating on the Greatest Needs in Canine Health
The story of Robette Johns, a Collie-lover, breeder, and AKC judge, and her journey of collaboration with the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Collaborative Brain Tumor Research for Dogs
To support advances in canine brain tumor treatments, the AKC Canine Health Foundation was one of the original collaborators in the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium.

Encouraging the Next Generation of Canine Health Researchers – A Success Story
Read about the success of one AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship alumnus - CHF-funded researcher and emergency/critical care veterinarian Dr. Steven Friedenberg.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Funded Research Helps Labrador Retriever Breeders Manage a Devastating Disease
Thanks to dedicated breeders like Dr. Fran Smith and research supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Labrador Retriever breeders, owners, and veterinarians now have a better understanding of exercise-induced collapse and tools to manage it.


Learn More About the People of CHF:

J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS
Profile of CHF Board Chairman and Scientific Review Committee member, Dr. Charles Garvin.

Sue Copeland
Profile of CHF board member, Sue Copeland.

William Christensen, MD, MPH
Profile of CHF board member and Scientific Review Committee member, Dr. William Christensen.

Kristin Bloink, DVM, MPH, PA-C, DACVPM
Profile of CHF board member, Dr. Kristin Bloink.

Laura Liscum, PhD - CHF Scientific Review Committee Vice-Chair
Profile of Scientific Review Committee Vice-Chair, Dr. Laura Liscum.

There's Something About Mary
Profile of Scientific Review Committee Chair, Dr. Mary O. Smith, from the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Canine Chronicle.

Quiet Creek Bloodhounds - A Lifetime of Crowning Achievements
A story of the 'exceptional hounds' of Quiet Creek Bloodhounds, bred by AKC Canine Health Foundation board member, Susan LaCroix Hamil, and her husband, Dr. John Hamil. (Used with permission from Today’s Breeder, Nestlé Purina PetCare.)

The American Kennel Club Names 2017 Breeder of the Year Group Honorees
CHF board member Tina Truesdale was honored as the 2017 AKC Breeder of the Year in the Working Group.

A Remarkable Life in Dogs - Cindy Vogels
A profile of CHF board member Cindy Vogels, from the Aug 2017 issue of Canine Chronicle.

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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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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