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    In this section we link to ongoing research projects of interest and relevance to dog breeding. These may relate to specific conditions, e.g. inherited conditions, or which focus on innovative approaches or population studies. In addition, we will link to research institutes and profile partnerships between researchers and breed clubs. Eventually, we hope to describe models of research partnerships and help connect dog breeders and researchers.




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    Generation Pup
    Dogs Trust, University of Bristol
    Study health and behavioral issues
    WHO? owners of all UK and Republic of Ireland puppies of 16 weeks of age or less
    Dogs: any breed or cross breed

    Participation: levels options

    Sample collection: The samples are all non-invasive and simple to collect. Samples of hair brushings, urine (wee), faeces (poo), skin swabs and/or cheek cell swabs will help the team investigate a wide range of important diseases which impact on the wellbeing of dogs and the genetic influences on both disease and behaviour.

    Owners who are willing to help with this part of the project will be sent out sample packs with full instructions on how to take each type of sample and video tutorials will also be available on the website.

    When you register for the study, you will have the option to opt ‘in’ or ‘out’ of sample collection.


    Project 2

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    Darwin's Ark

    International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Broad Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School)

    Research Partners

    • The Working Dog Project
    • The Food Allergy Science Initiative
    • Nordic OCD & Related Disorders Consortium
    • Cambridge Metabolic Network


    Study health and behavioral issues

    Dogs: any breed or cross breed

    Participation: levels/several project options

    What? Questionnaires, DNA tests (partial to complete sequencing/fees may apply to participation at some levels)


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    Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome in dogs  (SARDS)

    American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Vision for Animals Foundation (initial)


    Mowat Lab WEBSITE:

    Dr Freya Mowat and her team at North Carolina State University are undertaking research on Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS). This syndrome leads to rapid, complete blindness in dogs, and can be very challenging for both dogs and owners to adjust to. If you are an owner of dogs who have been diagnosed with SARDS, please consider filling out the online questionnaire. The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes, and will help gather information on the relationship of SARDS to other conditions, the epidemiology of SARDS, and owner experiences with treatment. This research is funded by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Vision for Animals Foundation, and the NCVMF Retinal Research Fund.

    Are you the owner of a dog who currently suffers or has suffered with SARDS? Please consider completing an online questionnaire. Your time is appreciated. SARDS DIAGNOSIS Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) is a leading cause of incurable canine vision loss diagnosed by veterinary ophthalmologists.


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    Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

    Morris Animal Foundation


    "The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is one of the largest, most comprehensive prospective canine health studies in the United States. The study’s purpose is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Each year, with the help of veterinarians and dog owners, the Foundation collects health, environmental and behavioral data on 3,000+ enrolled golden retrievers."


    Project 5

    Dog Aging Project

    University of Washington


    "The goal of this component of the Dog Aging Project is to perform the first nationwide, large-scale longitudinal study of aging in pet dogs, where individual animals will be followed throughout life to understand the biological and environmental factors that determine why some dogs die early or succumb to diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, and dementia, while others live to a relatively old age free from these problems."  Participation information here.

    Sign up form.



    The Kennel Club

    Bio Acquisition Research Collaboration

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    Multiple studies are listed.




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    Research projects - Dog


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    Projects, breeds, participation options and more



    We will add to this listing as time permits.

    We welcome researchers to share project information.

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