Searching for the Cause for Alopecia X by Whole Genome Sequencing

Breed(s): Keeshond, Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Schipperke, Chow Chow, Alaskan Malamute
Sample Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: University of Missouri
CHF-funded Grant: 02673-MOU

We will attempt to identify the molecular genetic cause of a alopecia X, a skin disease that affects Pomeranian dogs and members of other Nordic dog breeds, by generating and analyzing whole genome sequences with DNA from affected dogs.

Participation Requirements:

Affected dogs diagnosed with Alopecia X, who were under 2 years of age when clinical signs began to appear, AND from clinically normal dogs 5yrs of age or older who have not experienced abnormal hair loss.

Breeds: Pomeranians, Alaskan Malamutes, Chow Chows, Keeshonds, Samoyeds, Schipperkes, and Siberian Huskies.

Owner Responsibilities (Samples to be collected):

DNA samples (via whole blood in EDTA, OR, buccal cells on FTA-elute cards)

Completed and signed submission form and alopecia survey (download here)

Pedigree copy (if available)

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Contact Information:

Name: Dr. Gary Johnson; Liz Hansen (for participation)


Phone: 573-884-3712

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