Calling All Golden Retriever Owners

Golden Retriever Study

The Morris Animal Foundation needs the help of all Golden Retriever owners to preserve and improve the Golden Retriever breed!

The primary focus of this observational study is to learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases. The study will enroll up to 3,000 Golden Retrievers and will 10 – 14 years. This is the largest and longest study of it’s kind.

Why Should Your Golden Retriever Participate?

More than 50%f Golden Retrievers die from cancer, and it is the leading cause of death in all dog breeds over the age of 2. By participating, you will help scientists:

  • Identify ways in which genetics, environment and diet may affect a dog’s risk for cancer
  • Determine risk factors for other major health disorders in Golden Retrievers
  • Learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other canine diseases
  • Improve the health of future generations of Golden Retrievers and help create a healthier tomorrow for all dogs

Who Can Participate?

If you are over the age of 18, own a Golden Retriever and live in the continental US, you may be eligible. In addition, your Golden Retriever must be  healthy,  under 2 years of age at the time of application, and have a 3 generation pedigree.

What Is Expected of You?

You must agree to participate for the life of your dog. In addition, your selected veterinarian must agrees to participate with you and you must complete all online questionnaires regarding your dog’s food type and feeding habits, environmental exposures, behavior/temperament, disease events, etc.  Annually, you will be required to visit your dog’s veterinarian an exam and sample collection (blood, urine, feces, hair, and toenail clippings) And if  applicable, allow collection of tumor samples for evaluation. Upon your dog’s death, you must be wiling  to consider a necropsy (post mortem examination).

How Do I Sign Up?

Please visit the Canine Lifetime Health Project website to register your Golden Retriever



December 4, 2013