Photo Gerlinde Janssen

Project description

Cataract refers to opacification of the lens. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in dogs: more than 100 different dog breeds suffer from it. Cataract cases are subdivided into several groups based on the dog's age at diagnosis and initial site of the cataract formation.



Alaskan Malamute, American Cockerspaniel, Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael, Malinois, Tervueren), Bichon Frisé, Karelian Beardog, Miniature Pincher, Miniature Schnautzer, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Samoyeed, Sarloos Wolfhond, Flat-Coated Retriever, Siberian Husky, Finnish Lapphund.

Samples from cataract affected dogs from all breeds are welcome.


Which samples are needed:

  • dogs that have been diagnosed with cataract
  • close relatives (parents, siblings, offspring) of the affected dogs
  • healthy dogs over 6 years of age


Veterinary certificate copies requested from all eye examined dogs

  • veterinary ophthalmological certificates
  • other veterinary certificates



  1. How to participate.
  2. Health surveillance questionnaire.


Contact us:

Maria Kaukonen, DVM (

phone +358 (0) 29 4125678