Canine Health Research

When we attended the National Specialty Show there was also a Health Clinic being conducted.

The ACC Board of Directors, The ACC Charitable Trust, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals CHIC DNA Repository and the ACC Canine Health Foundation are partnering to sponsor a blood collection from our dogs at the National Show Special and our National Field Trial Specialty.

The purpose of this clinic was to do a blood draw to collect and store DNA for future investigation of canine diseases of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  It not only will be for diseases we already know about but for diseases we find in the future.

Titan and Riva both donated blood for this valuable research. They did very well and were cooperative. I spoke with Dr. James Stewart, who organized the clinic, and he said they had more than 60 dogs donate. That is amazing!

This is the form that had to be completed for each dog.chic_dnabankapp_main_Page_1chic_dnabankapp_main_Page_2

We actually received a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for their DNA donation.

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These are Maia and Titans certificates. It is noted on their OFA page that they have donated with their OFA number for the DNA Data Bank. You can view that here and here

Every dog carries two copies of a gene and when breeding the offspring receives one copy of a gene from each parent. This is random so there is no way to know what copy pups will receive. You can read more about that here

That is why canine health research is so important to the future of dog breeding. Great strides have been made with certain diseases and learning their mode of transportation but much more needs to be done. The more we know about different diseases/conditions the better equipped breeders are in making sound breeding decisions. Who knows maybe one day some of the diseases that plague different breeds will become eradicated or at the very least under control.

If you would like more information please visit

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

AKC Health Foundation

CHIC DNA Repository

ACC Charitable Trust

American Chesapeake Club Health Issues

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    1. The great thing about this program is it is for every breed so for example if say the GSP people were to do a study on a particular disease/ condition they may use data about that very same disease/condition obtained from the forms completed for other breeds.

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