Resources - Health

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Amer. College of Veterinary Radiology
UC Davis Vet school
University of Illinois Vet school

Bone and Structure
OFA  --

Cancer - General
About Cancer - Colorado State University's Veterinary Med. Cancer site
An easy to follow excellent starting point  ---

Cancer – Lymphoma
Lymphoma and Herbicides -

Chemicals & Poisons

National Animal Poison Control Center  -- ok, it’s ASPCA, but they do have this center

The American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT) -


"The Road to Hell: Epilepsy and the Australian Shepherd,"
"Epilepsy and Seizures" by Lori Feldman, DVM

"Canine Epilepsy" by Todd D. L. Woods, MD

Canine Epilepsy Network, University of Missouri, Columbia 
General information as well as information on their epilepsy study, links, how to submit data and a discussion forum.
You can also contact Research Coordinator Liz Hansen at or 573-884-3712.

VetGen, LLP
For current information on VetGen’s epilepsy research go to
or contact Research Coordinator Cheryl Hogue at or 800-483-8436 

"The Genetics of Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Sheepdog" by Oberbauer, et al. 2003 article. FREE PDF:

UC DAVIS study on Belgians:

Eye Diseases
Canine Eye Research Foundation (CERF):
Eye Problems and Disorders of Dogs

Selecting nutritious Pet Foods - the food & drug administration’s Site  (1997)

(have links)

Osteochondritis dissecans

Poisons– See Chemicals

Renal Diseases
Kidney Disease in Dogs
Has a number of links:

Skin disorders
Skin Pigmentation and Depigmentation  -


Tufts Canine Aggression/Thyroid

West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus in Dogs and Cats:

I’ve tried to make sure all the sites here are recent and “open access”

Coat color:
Genetics of Coat Color in Dogs by Sheila Schmutz
lots of links on canine color studies but out of date (2004).

A discussion on color/temperament links in rats:

DNA color tests and

MERLE: PNAS 2006;103:1376-1381. From The Cover: Retrotransposon insertion in SILV is responsible for merle patterning
of the domestic dog Leigh Anne Clark, Jacquelyn M. Wahl, Christine A. Rees, and Keith E. Murphy

Pharmacogenetic and Metabolic Differences Between Dog Breeds:
Their Impact on Canine Medicine and the Use of the Dog as a Preclinical Animal Model

A Single IGF1 Allele Is a Major Determinant of Small Size in Dogs:;316/5821/112

A novel locus for dilated cardiomyopathy maps to canine chromosome 8
LINK OR doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2008.03.007   

PNAS 2006;103:13578-13584. Inaugural Article: Patterns of nucleotide misincorporations
during enzymatic amplification and direct large-scale sequencing of ancient DNA 

Canine Origins, History  & Identity

 Non DNA:

Historical Dogs
Greek & Roman dogs:

Egyptian dogs:

Ancient British dogs:

Medieval Greyhounds:

Medieval Scottish dogs:

Early Carting in Europe (includes some Belgians):

Early 1900s? Swiss dog (slide show)

Sled dogs of the 17th & 18th century

Medieval DNA stuff 
For those who think DNA proves everything, I suggest reading the two opposing articles on
DNA proof (or lack thereof) of early European dogs.

Multiple and Ancient Origins of the Domestic Dog

Genome sequence, comparative analysis and haplotype structure of the domestic dog:

Genetic Evidence for an East Asian Origin of Domestic Dogs

Mitochondrial DNA from Prehistoric Canids Highlights Relationships Between Dogs and South-East European Wolves

Barking up the wrong tree: Modern northern European dogs fail to explain their origin :

DNA Study of dog origins

PNAS 2004;101:12387-12390.
A detailed picture of the origin of the Australian dingo, obtained from the study of mitochondrial DNA 

PNAS 2003;100:5296-5301.
A 1-Mb resolution radiation hybrid map of the canine genome
PNAS 2003;100:5296-5301.

PNAS 2004;101:18058-18063. Molecular origins of rapid and continuous morphological evolution John W. Fondon, III
and Harold R. Garner

Published online before print August 2, 2004, 10.1073/pnas.0402374101
PNAS | August 10, 2004 | vol. 101 | no. 32 | 11725-11730
OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Breed distribution and history of canine mdr1-1, a pharmacogenetic mutation that marks the
emergence of breeds from the collie lineage

Canine Population Structure: Assessment and Impact of Intra-Breed Stratification on SNP-Based Association Studies:

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