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We need your help to improve dog health

One of the hardest parts about carrying out research is trying to find owners and their dogs to participate in studies. More participants means more data, making it more likely that scientists can find solutions to current dog health problems.

Can you help?

Below is a list of research projects that need your help. Please search by breed and see if you are able to participate. If you can’t, we’d still really appreciate your help spreading the word, especially on social media.

Most recently added research

Breed/s Aim of research Sample/survey Contact
1. Pointer Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Pointer and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the survey For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
2. All breeds Impact of COVID-19
To investigate the impact of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK on dog behaviour.
(Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol)
Find out more and complete the online survey

Research is being conducted at the University of Bristol. For further information please email primary researcher (Evie Robertson)
3. Cirneco dell’Etna Cirneco dell’Etna breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Cirneco dell’Etna and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Find out more and complete the online survey.

For further information contact:  Cirneco dell’Etna Breed Health Survey
4.
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • French Bulldog
  • Boxer
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Dalmatian
  • Mastiff
  • Rottweiler
  • Bull Terrier
The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)  
5. Bulldog Bulldog health survey
To look at the overall health of the Bulldog and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the Bulldog health survey For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)

All research projects by breed

If you are have any queries about the research being undertaken, or would like more information, please contact the researchers directly.

All breeds
Breed and research Sample Name and contact details
All breeds To investigate the impact of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK on dog behaviour.
(Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol)
Find out more and complete a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on UK dog behaviour.

Research is being conducted at the University of Bristol. For further information please email the  primary researcher (Evie Robertson)
A survey of dog breeding practices related to breeding time, maternal stress and improvement of maternal care behaviours 2020.   Please complete the survey.
All spaniel breeds

Anal sac carcinoma in spaniels
Buccal swabs required from affected and healthy spaniels over 10 years old (especially Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels)
David Sargan Comparative genetics group, department of clinical veterinary medicine.

University of Cambridge
Madingley Rd., Cambridge
CB3 0ES.
All breeds with a chiari-like malformation/
syringomyelia.

Improving diagnosis and treatment of canine neuropathic pain.
Participants will need to bring their dog(s) to the Royal Veterinary College.

Sample type: dogs will come to the RVC for pain assessment, treatment and blood sampling.

Recruit requirements: Dogs with clinical signs of chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia known by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Sandra Sachis Royal Veterinary College

All breeds

An investigation into the impact of a pet dog on relational connections with an autistic sibling
To investigate the role of a family dog in facilitating relational connections between siblings and their autistic brother or sister, and specifically to study from the perspective of siblings of autistic individuals.
All breeds

Canine obesity factors and owner body image perception
A study investigating canine obesity through an online survey, asking owners to identify ideal body shapes and sizes through perception of diagrams. For dogs over 2 years of age.



Access the survey.
European School of Osteopathy
All breeds

Development of a collar-held device for lameness detection in dogs
The researchers need dogs with any degree of lameness, and a smaller sample of sound dogs to participate in their study for one short session at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine.

The dog will be required to wear a small device on their collar for a few minutes, while the researchers measure lameness with special cameras and a walking mat.
All breeds

Genetics and pathogenesis of canine diabetes
Preferably EDTA blood and serum (free HbA1c and fructosamine assays provided).

Cheek/saliva swabs can also be provided. Samples required from dogs with a diagnosis of diabetes (hyperglycaemia, glucosuria).

No specific preservation methods (but frozen if to be stored for any length of time before submission).
Dr Brian Catchpole
Department of pathology and pathogen biology, Royal veterinary college, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts AL9 7TA.

Further details and sample submission forms available at www.rvc.ac.uk/diabetesregister
 All breeds (tumour samples)

Flat Coated Retrievers, Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers (buccal swabs)

Histiocytic sarcomas and mastocytomas
Tumours as fixed tissue prepared for pathologists. For predispositions, 2 buccal swabs per animal (also control buccal swabs from unaffected animals above 10 years old). David Sargan Comparative Genetics Group, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine

University of Cambridge
Madingley Rd., Cambridge
CB3 0ES
All breeds

Investigating the effects of Imepitoin (Pexion) on the behaviour of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy
Recruiting dogs with the following criteria:
• Aged between 1-10 years
• Have not yet received ANY anti-epileptic drugs to treat their epilepsy
• Only experience single seizures (no more than one seizure in any 24 hour period)
• Have been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy based on the following criteria:
a) By your regular vet due to a history of two or more unprovoked seizers at least 24 hours apart, age of first seizure between 6 months – 6 years of age, no physical or neurological abnormalities between seizures, no abnormalities on blood tests/urinalysis

or

b) By a neurology specialist with blood tests, bile acids, MRI and CSF analysis

If you are unsure if your dog is eligible, please contact the investigators.

Dr Holger Volk

Clinical Investigations Centre
The Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA

For more information contact 0170 766 6058
All breeds affected by degenerative myelopathy

Kinematic and genetic analyses of degenerative myelopathy (DM)
Samples required and preservation methods:
Primarily require cases to record the gait of affected dogs.
EDTA blood (will need to be frozen if not sent soon after collection) or cheek swabs for genetic analysis
Samples are required from dogs diagnosed with DM (ideally based on MRI, CSF analysis. And/or SOD1 genetic test).
Jacob Neeves 07791 191314

Dr. Nicolas Granger

Bristol University & Langford Veterinary Centre
Langford House
Langford
North Somerset
BS40 5DUU

Dogs participating in the gait analysis will need to travel to the Langford Veterinary Centre.
Individual breeds A-C
Breed Research Sample Name and contact details
American Cocker Spaniel Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of the American Cocker Spaniel and collect information that will help improve knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the survey.

 

Glenys Harrison

 

Australian Shepherd

The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity

Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed

Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email 

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Bichon Frise

Paroxysmal dyskinesia

To investigate the underlying genetic mutation suspected to cause paroxysmal dyskinesia in Bichon Frise – healthy and affected dogs required.

Blood samples.

 

Mark Lowrie Dovecote Veterinary Hospital, 5 Delven Lane, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2L

 

Border Collie

The big brainy Border Collie study

Part 1: studying the breed’s brain development and how seizures and behavioural abnormalities arise in the breed.

ALL breed owners wanted to complete survey, click here.

 

Part 2: Recruiting 1-8 year old epileptic and non-epileptic Border Collies.

Part 2: Epileptic and non-epileptic dogs for a 1-2 day visit to the centre for an MRI, EEG, behavioural test, sample submission and activity monitoring (no cost to owner).

Dr Rowena Packer
Clinical Investigations Centre
The Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA

Border Collie

How dogs hear us: Vocav perception by the domestic dog

Studying the response of puppies to vocal queues and how this changes as they grow.

Non-invasive assessments of hearing at different ages.

 

Holly Root-Gutteridge

 

Boxer

The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity

Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from the front, above and to the side.
A Consent form will also need to be signed





Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email 

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Boxer

Boxer arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy(ARVC) blood test stud

To investigate whether a recently developed blood test can detect arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in apparently healthy Boxers, as well as those with clinical signs of heart disease.

Please complete the online questionnaire.

Bulldog

Bulldog health survey
To look at the overall health of the Bulldog and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Complete the Bulldog health survey

For further information please email 

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Bulldog

GOdogs Project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs

Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements.
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website.

 

Eleanor Raffan

 

GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
Bulldog

Non-invasive respiratory function assessment in brachycephalic dogs

Measurements taken from healthy and diagnosed dogs with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) as well as dogs whose BOAS status is currently uncertain (>2 years of age and hasn't undergone any upper airway surgery).

Following measurements are taken by the study investigator (appointment required): (1) Respiratory flow trace measurement; (2) DNA sample collections from cheek swabs: (3) head/body dimension measurement using a fabric soft tape and photography.

 

Nai-Chieh Liu

 

Tel: 01223 337621

Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge

(measurements taken at this venue, but investigators can come to you where there is the opportunity to take measurements from many dogs at once).
Bull Terrier

The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity

Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from the front, above, to the side.
A Consent form will also need to be signed

Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email 

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Catalan Sheepdog

Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of the Catalan Sheepdog and collect information that will help improve knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve our dogs’ health and welfare for future generations.

For further information please email

Debbie Hansford .

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Improving diagnosis and treatment of canine neuropathic pain

Participants will need to bring their dog(s) to the Royal Veterinary College.

Sample type: Dogs will come to the RVC for pain assessment, treatment and blood sampling.

Recruit requirements: Dogs with clinical signs of Chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia known by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

 

Sandra Sachis
Royal Veterinary College 

 


 

Cirneco dell’Etna

Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Cirneco dell’Etna and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Find out more and complete the online survey.

For further information contact: 

Cirneco dell’Etna Breed Health Survey

 

Cocker Spaniel

Multi-systemic immune-mediated disease in the English Cocker Spaniel
aims to increase understanding of the immune response and genetics of dogs affected by chronic pancreatitis and/or other immune-mediated conditions to help prevent the disease and improve treatment.

Samples required from both healthy dogs and dogs diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and/or immune-mediated conditions.
Criteria for healthy dogs:

9 years old
Male or female
No history of pancreatitis, kidney disease, dry eye or recurrent anal sacculitis/li>
Criteria for affected dogs:

Any age
Male or female
History of chronic pancreatitis
Sample type: urine and blood (left over from routine blood tests) samples taken by your vet. Please note, your vet should contact the researchers first for further info and consent forms.
Exclusion criteria: dogs on any immunosuppressive medication or with lymphoma
Preservation method:
For blood samples – either 1ml EDTA and 4ml heparin or 4ml EDTA and 1ml serum gel.
(no preservative for urine)

 

Penny Watson

 

Francisca Coddou
Tel: 01223360908

 

University of Cambridge
Send samples to:
FAO Fran Coddou
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0ES
Clumber Spaniel

Using DNA testing, the Clumber Spaniel Club is investigating the prevalence of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) within the UK population of Clumber Spaniels. Any Clumber that is found to be genetically “affected” will be offered a free eye test under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme to see if they are also clinically affected by the condition. It is hoped that this study will help to identify how many Clumbers carry the gene for PRA and also how many are actually clinically affected by the condition.

Samples required from 50 Clumber Spaniels aged 8 years or over.

Sample type: Mouth swab

The application form can be downloaded from the Clumber Spaniel Club’s website.

For further information please email Carol Page or phone her on 01489 589734 (Clumber Spaniel Breed Health Coordinator)

 

Individual breeds D-F
Breed Research Sample Name and contact details
Dachshund Breed health survey

To continuously monitor  the overall health of the Dachshund variety’s and collect  information that will help improve  knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Click here to report. For further information please email.
Dalmatian The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
Flat Coated Retriever Breed health survey

Group study (long term project) - an annual survey to follow the life of Flat Coated Retrievers
Complete the survey online.  
Flat Coated Retriever GOdogs Project – investigating the effect of genes on metabolism and obesity risk Cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).

The first step is to submit a DNA sample from your dog, after which they invite suitable dogs to visit Cambridge for an afternoon to have their metabolic rate measured. More information can be found on their website.

Samples are required from entire (not neutered), male or female, aged 2-7 years, healthy and able to visit Cambridge for an afternoon.

To participate, please fill out the questionnaire, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website.
Email Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
Flat Coated Retriever GOdogs Project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements. .
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire here, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website here.
Email Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
French Bulldog The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
French Bulldog GOdogs Project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements. .
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire here, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website here.
Email Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
French Bulldog Non-invasive respiratory function assessment in brachycephalic dogs Measurements taken from healthy and diagnosed dogs with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) as well as dogs whose BOAS status is currently uncertain (>2 years of age and hasn't undergone any upper airway surgery).

Following measurements are taken by the study investigator (appointment required): (1) Respiratory flow trace measurement; (2) DNA sample collections from cheek swabs: (3) head/body dimension measurement using a fabric soft tape and photography
Email Nai-Chieh Liu
Tel: 01223 337621

Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge

(measurements taken at this venue, but investigators can come to you where there is the opportunity to take measurements from many dogs at once).
German Shepherd Dog Understanding the genetics of Canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in GSDs Samples required and preservation methods:
EDTA blood sample - stored at 4C° before shipping
or saliva sample (cheek swab) - stored at room temperature
Samples are required from GSDs diagnosed with IBD (at any age) and GSDs older than 8 who are healthy or suffering from conditions other than IBD.
Prof. Karin Allenspach

Atiyeh Peiravan (MSc, MMB, PhD Scholar)

To request a saliva collection kit, please email Ativeh Peiravan .

Please send samples to:

The Clinical Investigation Centre, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA
Golden Retriever GOdogs Project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements. .
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire here, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website here.
Email Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
Individual breeds G-I
Breed Research Sample Name and contact details
German Shepherd Dog Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the German Shepherd Dog and collect information that will help improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Complete the survey

For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
Gordon Setter Breed health survey

To look at the incidence of heart concerns within the breed and collect information that will help improve knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Complete the survey.

For further information please email 
Kathryne Wrigley .
Havanese To continuingly monitor the overall health of the Havanese and collect information that will help improve knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Complete an online survey

For further information please email.
Irish Wolfhound Breed health survey

This study is investigating the factors influencing bloating and the development and outcome of GDV in Irish Wolfhounds in the UK.

Click here for survey

For further information please email
Individual breeds J-L
Breed Research Sample Name and contact details
Japanese Akita Inu

 

Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Japanese Akita Inu and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.

Find out more and complete the online survey.

For further information contact: Japanese Akita Inu Breed Health Coordinator at

Katherine Huggins (Japanese Akita-Inu BHC)

 

Labrador Retriever The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
Labrador Retrievers Breed differences in inhibitory control
To use dual measurements of inhibitory control in domestic dogs to investigate behavioural tendencies, and breed differences. This will enable us to make more confident, evidence based recommendations on breed suitability for owners, as well as contribute to basic knowledge and new hypotheses regarding inhibitory control in domestic dogs.
No sample required.

Requirements for participants:

• Ages 2-9 years

• Healthy (excludes dogs with any disorders affecting mobility, canine cognitive dysfunction, and human or animal directed aggression behavioural problems

Click here to sign up.

This study only requires owners and their dogs to visit the University of Lincoln on one occasion for a 2 hour task.
Thomas Rowland University of Lincoln
www.lincolnpetscando.co.uk

Labrador Retriever Dogslife: A longitudinal study of canine health No samples required at present - online questionnaire only.

The project requires you to complete a few questions each month.
Dylan Clements University of Edinburgh
www.dogslife.ac.uk
Labrador Retriever GOdogs project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements. .
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire here, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website here.
Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
Labrador Retriever How dogs hear us: vocal perception by the domestic dog Studying the response of puppies to vocal queues and how this changes as they grow.

Non-invasive assessments of hearing at different ages.
Holly Root-Gutteridge
Leonberger Breed Health Survey

To look at the overall health of the Leonberger and collect  information that will help improve  knowledge on prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the survey.  

 

Individual breeds M-O
Breed Research Sample Contact
Mastiff The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
Individual breeds P-R
Breed Research Sample Contact
Pointer Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Pointer and collect information to improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging conditions, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the survey For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
Pug GOdogs project – investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs Saliva/cheek swab sample (using GOdogs kit).
Samples are required from all dogs. Any age, any weight status (under, ideal and overweight), healthy (not on regular medication).
Dogs will also ideally visit owners local veterinary practice (Free of charge) to be conditioned scored and weighed and their clinical history submitted – they will assist with arrangements. .
To participate, please fill out the questionnaire here, or alternatively contact the researchers via their website here.
Eleanor Raffan
GOdogs Project MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Level 4

Addenbrooke's Hospital Box 289 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Tel: (01223) 336792

Please be sure to contact before collecting the samples. The easiest way to do this is via the website.
Pug Non-invasive respiratory function assessment in brachycephalic dogs Measurements taken from healthy and diagnosed dogs with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) as well as dogs whose BOAS status is currently uncertain (>2 years of age and hasn't undergone any upper airway surgery).

Following measurements are taken by the study investigator (appointment required): (1) Respiratory flow trace measurement; (2) DNA sample collections from cheek swabs: (3) head/body dimension measurement using a fabric soft tape and photography
Nai-Chieh Liu Tel: 01223 337621

Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge

(measurements taken at this venue, but investigators can come to you where there is the opportunity to take measurements from many dogs at once).
Pyrenean Sheepdog Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Pyrenean Sheepdog and collect information that will help improve our knowledge on the prevalence of any existing conditions and identify any potential emerging issues, in order to improve the breed’s health and welfare for future generations.
Complete the survey For further information please email  Pyrenean Sheepdog Health Survey 2021
Rottweiler The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:
  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side
A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Individual breeds S-Z
Breed Research Sample Contact
St Bernard Breed health survey

Click here for the survey

For further information please email Tanyajane Booth .
Staffordshire Bull Terrier The study hopes to scientifically assess whether or not simple measures can be used to legally determine a dog’s type. This research project aims to identify physical shape similarities and difference between different breeds of dog. Currently, in some countries including the UK, the shape of a dog can have legal implications (e.g. under the Dangerous Dogs Act), however there seems to be no systematic study evaluating whether or not such a distinction has any validity Three specific conformation photos are needed of the dog from:

  • The front
  • Above
  • to the side

A Consent form will also need to be signed
Research is being conducted by the University of Lincoln. For further information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
West Highland White Terrier
Non-invasive gait analysis in West Highland Terriers

We hope to analyse the way these dogs walk, run and move in their day-to-day life and use this data to produce improved breed-specific hip implants for dogs that need it.
Sample information

We are looking for adult (but not geriatric) dogs who are of normal or better fitness to participate in a session of motion analysis at the main University of Liverpool campus This involves around 20 small infrared markers and sensors attached to the skin with sticky tape.
For more information please contact:
Karl Bates
Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease,
University of Liverpool,
L69 3BX
West Highland White Terrier West Highland White Terrier – Pulmonary Fibrosis Breed Health Survey studying pulmonary fibrosis in the breed. Survey open to dogs of any age, healthy and affected dogs, and dogs that have previously died as a result of fibrosis.
 
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For further information please email Elodie Roels .

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