Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)


The Canine Health Information Center, also known as 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.

To see if your breed of dog is currently enrolled in the CHIC program and what tests are required to obtain a CHIC number, browse by breed.

To find a dog already in the CHIC Database search here.

For more information about CHIC eligibility, obtaining a CHIC number, fees, and how to enroll a breed in the CHIC program read the CHIC Frequently Asked Questions.

DNA Repository

The CHIC DNA Repository, also co-sponsored by the OFA and CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.

Anyone who owns a purebred dog can provide samples to the DNA repository.  You can help future generations of dogs live longer, healthier lives by participating.


  • Facilitate more rapid research progress by expediting the sample collection process
  • Provide researchers with optimized family groups needed for research
  • Allow breeders to take advantage of future DNA based disease tests as they become available
  • Foster a team environment between breeders/owners and the research community improving the likelihood of genetic discovery

View the CHIC DNA Repository Frequently Asked Questions to learn how you can provide samples or update the health history for dogs with samples already banked.


To learn more visit the Canine Health Information Center website at





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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