Without quality scientific research, we will never have better diagnosis and treatment for canine disease, nor will breeders have better tools to reduce the incidence of genetic disease. ASHGI works to achieve these goals through both by sponsoring research grants and facilitating sample collection for studies focused on Australian Shepherds. For general information about canine health research see our Research and Samples FAQs (link in the menu at left.)
Research Funding – ASHGI supports grants administered by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, and Toby’s Foundation. If you would like to support projects aimed at improving our Aussies’ health, please consider donating to ASHGI for research.
Sample Submission – Without samples, research can’t go forward. If Aussie owners and breeders aren’t willing to provide samples whenever they are needed we can’t expect results. Every study has its own specific needs, so sample donation may not be a one-time or one-size-fits-all event. Please make your dogs available for sampling if they qualify for health studies. For information about current projects seeking Aussie samples, click on Current Research in the menu at left.
Long-term Sample Banking – ASHGI encourages participation in the CHIC DNA Repository. This OFA program banks multiple samples from many breeds, including the Australian Shepherd. While CHIC will accept cheek swabs, ASHGI strongly recommends that you submit a blood sample; the DNA on cheek swabs is limited and blood provides an almost limitless supply. In addition, if you submit blood a portion of the DNA is available to you to should an important DNA test become available after your dog is gone.