Canine Genetic Diseases Network

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and collaborators at several colleges and institutions throughout the country and the world are searching for genetic mutations that cause disease and suffering in dogs. This website is designed to provide information on these projects and serve as a resource for those concerned with canine diseases: breeders, owners, veterinarians, and researchers.

Information presented here is not a substitute for an accurate diagnosis and specific advice geared to your pet's needs. If you suspect your dog has one of the diseases discussed here, we encourage you to have a veterinarian examine the dog and advise you. We also encourage you to participate in the research and help find answers.

DNA Tests Currently Available

Several disease mutations have been identified for inherited diseases in some breeds. See the " DNA TESTS AVAILABLE " section of this website, or click here for a list of DNA-based tests available and testing instructions. Please note that for most diseases, in most breeds, we are still in the research phase, an no test is available at this time. We invite you to participate in the research to help speed discovery of mutations, and make tests available for more diseases. Please see the appropriate disease page for more information, and the forms to participate in research.

June 24, 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT!! The researcher team at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine has found markers closely associated with Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis & Polyneuropathy (JLPP), in American Staffordshire Terriers. We are pleased to announce that a DNA test is now available. Instructions and sample submission form available here.

PLEASE NOTE: Some areas of this website are under construction or being updated - new information will be added as soon as it becomes available. Please excuse any ommissions while we are constructing the site.

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