Bringing about research collaboration (BARC)

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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.

How you can 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.

Latest research projects

If you are able to help by contributing samples, 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
A Survey of dog breeding practices related to breeding time, maternal stress and improvement of maternal care behaviours 2020   Please complete the following 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) Dr 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).
Miss Sandra Sanchis
Royal Veterinary College
Email: 

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. Josephine Maguire
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.
Amy Sabin
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.
Peter Sewell
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) Dr 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 Rowena Packer

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
 
07791191314

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
All breeds (affected dogs only)

Survey for the study of novel sensor devices (university of Glasgow)
No samples required at present - online questionnaire only.
If you would like to participate or find out more about the study, please click here
Jos Bongers DVM MRCVS 
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.

Email

 

 

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

Dr M Lowrie

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

Border Collie

To look at the overall health of the Border Collie 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 for Survey

For further information please email our health team

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 1: Please click here to complete the survey.
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.

Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge

Boxer

To look at the overall health of the Boxer 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 for the survey

For further information please send an email.

 

Bulldog

GOdogs P
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.
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

Miss 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).
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.

Complete the survey.

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).

Miss Sandra Sanchis
Royal Veterinary College 


 

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)

Dr Penny Watson

Francisca Coddou
Tel: 01223360908
University of Cambridge
Send samples to:
FAO Fran Coddou
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0ES
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
Dogue De Bordeaux Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of 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.

Click here for survey

For further information please email
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 Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of the French Bulldog 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 for Survey For further information please email
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 Miss 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 Atiyeh 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
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
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
Italian Spinone Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of the Italian Spinoni 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 contact Elaine Kirkham.
Individual breeds J-L
Breed Research Sample Name and contact details
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.
Mr 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.
Dr 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.
Dr 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. For further information please email.
Individual breeds M-O
Breed Research Sample Contact
We're not aware of any research for these breeds yet.      
Individual breeds P-R
Breed Research Sample Contact
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
Miss 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).
Individual breeds S-Z
Breed Research Sample Contact
St Bernard Breed health survey

Click here for the survey

For further information please email 
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:

Dr 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.
 
Click here for survey
For further information please email Elodie Roels.

Wire Fox Terrier

Breed health survey

To look at the overall health of the Fox Terrier (Wire) 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.

Take part in the survey  

Are you a researcher that needs help?

If you would like us to help promote your research, please complete our BARC submission form. Please note: The Kennel Club will not support or assist research that may involve experimental procedures that inflict pain or suffering to animals.

Disclaimer

The arrangements, scope of study, funding/remuneration etc. are matters to be agreed directly between researchers and participants. The Kennel Club provides no warranties or representations about researcher or participant, and the parties should make and rely upon their own enquiries as appropriate.