For Breeders

Participate in Research

You and your dog may be able to participate in studies for canine health throughout the country. 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.


Genetics Resources

Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) have collaborated to provide a Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing in dogs. This downloadable resource reviews the basic principles necessary to practically and thoughtfully apply genetic test results to the care of all dogs, including breeding stock. The types of genetic tests currently in use, their application in breeding programs, and their limitations will be discussed, as well as potential negative effects of the misuse of test results in both pet and breeding dogs.

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.

Genetic Consultation

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with CHF to provide genetic consultation service for dog owners, breeders and veterinarians. Through this online resource, pet owners and breeders, or their veterinarians, may request genetic consultation with CHF-funded researcher Dr. Kathryn Meurs and her VGL Team.

Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs

CHF collaborates with the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) on the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) Initiative, a free online resource designed to support owners, breeders, veterinarians, and dog health and welfare specialists in the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dogs. The HGTD interface is hosted at DogWellNet.com.

Read Dr. Jerold Bell's white paper "Understanding Breeds as Populations" here.


Theriogenology Residency Program

The American Kennel Club/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Theriogenology Residency Program is a collaboration among these organizations to increase the number of trained practitioners in companion animal theriogenology (reproductive medicine) and clinical genetics. Learn more about the program here.


Educational Resources

VetVine webinars

The AKC Canine Health Foundation and VetVine have teamed up to offer a series of live webinars on canine health topics. These webinars feature leaders in the field of veterinary health research and offer practical advice on common health concerns, as well as information on cutting-edge research to benefit all dogs. Each webinar is also recorded and can be watched on demand from a computer or mobile device. View webinar topics and schedule here.

Zoetis Reproduction Podcast Series

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, have joined forces to bring you a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.

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.

Learn How to Help

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.

Learn How to Help

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