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.

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.
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

2. Retrievers (all) The effect of exercise on chronic orthopaedic conditions Complete the survey

For further information, please email

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

3. Standard Poodle Breed health survey
to look at the overall health of the breed.
Complete the survey

For further information, please email 

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

4. Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed health survey
to look at the overall health of the breed.
Complete the survey

For further information please email

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

5. Japanese Shiba Inu Breed health survey
to look at the overall health of the breed.
Complete the 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 decline in UK and Ireland Native dog breeds through the years and reasoning for this change.


Find out more and complete the online survey

Research is being conducted at Edinburgh Napier University. For further information please email the Primary researcher (Kayla Wallace)
All breeds 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
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

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)

 

Bavarian Mountain Hound

To look at the overall health of Bavarian Mountain Hounds in the UK 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 contact

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

Bearded Collie

Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Bearded 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.

Complete the survey

For further information, please contact

The Bearded Collie Joint Breed Liaison Committee (JBLC)

 

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

 

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery

The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease

For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Affenpinscher
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age

The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds

For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

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

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)

 

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.

For further information please email

Health (The Kennel Club)

 

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 

 


 

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

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)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

Dogue de Bordeaux
(Adult dogs over 12 months of age)

The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances To take part please email BOAS Research Group
English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
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)
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.  
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 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
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 .
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease

For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds

For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email  BOAS Research Group
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.
Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla
To continuingly monitor the overall health of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla 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 health reporting form

Complete the death reporting form

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)

 

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research). For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances To take part please email BOAS Research Group
Japanese Shiba Inu Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Japanese Shiba 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.
Complete the survey For further information please email Health (The Kennel Club)
Keeshond Breed health survey
To investigate the incidence of primary hyperparathyroidism in the UK Keeshond population
Find out more and complete the online survey.

For further information contact  Daniel Beresford
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research). For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances To take part please email BOAS Research Group
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 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
Large Munsterlander Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Large Munsterlander
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)

 

 

Individual breeds M-O
Breed Research Sample Contact
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

Maltese (Adult dogs over 12 months of age)

The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances To take part please email BOAS Research Group
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)
Norwich Terrier Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Norwich Terrier
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 Beverley Watkins

 

 

 

Individual breeds P-R
Breed Research Sample Contact
Parson Russell Terrier To continuously monitor the overall health of the Parson Russell Terrier and collect information that will help 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 online health reporting form For further information Sarah Broadberry
Parson Russell Terrier To establish the level of DNA testing for a range of genetic disorders in UK registered Parson Russell Terriers. Complete the genetic testing survey For further information please email Sarah Broadberry .
       
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances To take part please email BOAS Research Group
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)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

Poodle (Standard) Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the breed.
Complete the survey For further information, please email Health (The Kennel Club)
Pug Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Pug 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 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
Retrievers (all) The effect of exercise on chronic orthopaedic conditions in Retrievers. Please, complete the survey. Please contact Health (The Kennel Club)
Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Find out more and complete the online survey.


For further information contact: Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Health Co-ordinator at  David Simpson
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

Shar Pei

Breed health survey
To look at the overall health of the Shar Pei 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)
Shetland Sheepdog Breed health survey To look at the overall health of the Shetland Sheepdog 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)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Participant requirements:
- requires dental treatment
- 4 years and over
- not previously had BOAS surgery
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to research internal risk factors for BOAS and other brachycephalic related disease For this study, the researchers will use CT scan images taken from dogs admitted to the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge for dental treatment (free dental, including scale/polish and extractions, with participation in research).

For further information, please contact: Brachy Study (University of Cambridge)

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
Adult dogs over 12 months of age
The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email 

BOAS Research Group

 

Shih Tzu
(Adult dogs over 12 months of age)

The BOAS Research Group at the University of Cambridge are conducting a study to identify and define the risk of respiratory disease in different brachycephalic breeds

For this study, the researchers will perform breathing assessments, clinical examinations, take conformational measurements and may use whole-body barometric plethysmography. This can be done in Cambridge or the researchers can travel in certain circumstances

To take part please email BOAS Research Group
Skye Terrier Researchers at the University of Cambridge are investigating liver disease in Skye Terriers (commonly known as ‘Skye Terrier hepatitis’) to try to understand the underlying cause and genetics of the condition.

Click here for the survey

For further information please contact Skye Terrier hepatitis Study
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 To identify the current treatment options and their perceived benefit for westie lung disease, and to examine the effect of immunosuppressive therapy in a subset of patients. Diagnosed or suspicious of the disease The research is being conducted by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Please visit the Westie lung website for more information and to participate please email (Westie lung disease) research
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.
 
Click here for survey.
For further information please email Elodie Roels .

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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.