Impact Stories

Girl with Husky PuppyIn science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries.  By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health.  Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. 

New Genetic Test Helps Breeders Manage Dwarfism in Great Pyrenees July 30, 2021

The Great Pyrenees Club of America collaborated with CHF to explore the genetics underlying dwarfism in their breed.

New Genetic Test Helps Breeders Manage Dwarfism in Great Pyrenees July 30, 2021

The Great Pyrenees Club of America collaborated with CHF to explore the genetics underlying dwarfism in their breed.

A Clinician-Scientist Success Story July 20, 2021

Read about Clinician-Scientist Fellow Dr. Gasson and how she collaborated with her mentor, Dr. Brian Saunders, and a team at Texas A&M University to develop regenerative therapies for challenging orthopedic conditions in dogs.

Effie's Tale July 1, 2021

Learn how one owner’s tragic loss of her dog to a killer cancer fueled her passion to help fund research into early detection—and hopefully, a cure.

A Fighting Chance Against Hemangiosarcoma May 26, 2021

A profile of Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Ruger" and his participation in a CHF-funded clinical trial.

Genetic Mutation Discovered for Mucopolysaccharidosis in Miniature Pinschers November 27, 2020

To further define the genetic mutation(s) that cause muchopolysaccharidosis VI in dogs, CHF-funded investigators analyzed DNA in the area that codes for the affected enzyme in Miniature Pinschers and Miniature Schnauzers.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Funded Study of 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs Enters its Fourteenth Year November 24, 2015

A long-term medical surveillance study which has followed the search and rescue dogs of 9/11 enters its fourteenth year. The study, conducted by Dr. Cindy Otto of the University of Pennsylvania Penn Vet Working Dog Center and funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation has followed the health and behavior of the 9/11 dogs since October 2001.

Cancer in Dogs Helps to Inform Human Disease September 18, 2015

AKC Canine Health Foundation contributes funding to research linked to discovering new treatment options to benefit both dogs and humans.

Finding Better Options for Joint Repair with Regenerative Medicine February 14, 2014

One of the most common injuries of the stifle is rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Surgery can repair the ligament, but it does not necessarily help restore other damaged joint tissues. Fortunately, the emerging field of regenerative medicine gives hope that it might be possible to generate such replacement tissues in the lab.

The Big (and Small) Six February 12, 2014

Recently researchers determined that approximately half of the weight differences seen across dog breeds can be explained by variations in and around only six genes. Studies such as this one can provide insight into some of the size differences seen in humans as well as growth-related health concerns in dogs and humans.

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