Participate in Research

Canine health researchers throughout the country are looking for dogs to help them better understand disease. 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.

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) DNA Repository Canine Health Information Center

The CHIC DNA Repository, co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (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.  DNA samples from any purebred dog may be submitted at anytime.  Researchers may then access these samples to be included in their canine health studies.  Learn more at the CHIC website.

Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC) 

The CCOGC collects tissues and fluids from dogs with specific cancer types following strict SOPs.  These procedures ensure all samples are of high quality and can be used consistently across multiple research projects.  The samples are assessable to any research project with scientific merit.  You can learn more about CCOGC and find a collection site near you at the CCOGC website.

Clinical Trials

If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a disease, there may be a clinical trial in your area investigating a treatment for that disease.  Enrolling in a clinical trial brings with it a commitment to follow through on therapies and testing. The benefits can include access to cutting-edge medicine and the chance to help future generations of dogs. Resources for finding clinical trials.

Individual Research Projects

Search for a study by the below criteria to narrow the selection.  More information may be obtained by selecting an individual project.


Research Area:


Chondroitinase Clinical Trial

Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Alaskan Malamute Chondrodysplasia

Breed(s): Alaskan Malamute
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center

Differences Between Dogs With and Without Osteosarcoma

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Dogs with Gallbladder Mucoceles

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Identification of the Genetic Cause of Corneal Ulcers

Breed(s): Boxer
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: North Carolina State University

Mast Cell Tumor Samples Needed

Breed(s): Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shepherd Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever, Pug, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Samples Needed from Serveral Breeds affected by Hemangiosarcoma

Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog, Leonberger, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Samples Need from Several Breeds affected by Lymphoma

Breed(s): Cocker Spaniel, Leonberger, Irish Wolfhound, Boxer, Golden Retriever
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Samples Needed from Giant Breeds affected by Osteosarcoma

Breed(s): Greyhound, Rottweiler, Leonberger, Borzoi, Great Pyrenees, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Golden Retriever, Mastiff, Scottish Deerhound
Study Type: Blood Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute

Renal Dysplasia and Canine Kidney Disease

Breed(s): Lhasa Apso, Shetland Sheepdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Miniature Schnauzer, -All Dogs, Boxer
Study Type: Tissue Sample
Study Location: Broad Institute


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 *The AKC Canine Health Foundation ensures studies are Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved and provide standard informed owner consent information before publicizing requests for participation. Not all projects listed are funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the inclusion of information about studies does not necessarily imply a recommendation for participation. This list is provided as a service to dog owners and breeders.

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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