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American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation


The AKC Canine Health Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease.

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Success Story

Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and its donors have invested more than $60 million in over 1,000 research and educational grants and canine health projects. The results have been published in over 850 peer-reviewed publications and cited more than 34,000 times, demonstrating the impact and relevance of their funded studies.

Thanks to the support of many dog lovers, over the past two and a half decades, CHF:

• spearheaded research and publication of the first genetic linkage map of the canine genome, leading the way for the complete canine genome map,

• collaborated on creation of the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC), a repository of canine tumor tissues and other biologic specimens to facilitate comparative cancer research and hasten discoveries to benefit both canine and human cancer patients,

• started the Search & Rescue Dog Health Fund to study the health of search and rescue dogs deployed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks,

• established educational grants to support the next generation of clinical researchers and canine reproductive medicine and clinical genetics specialists,

• provided funding for studies that discovered the underlying genetic mutations for diseases such as exercise-induced collapse, cystinuria, stationary night blindness, Von Willebrand’s Disease,

• and much more.