Sample collection of rare breeds

Our Canine DNA Bank already contains samples from more than 300 dog breeds, many of them represented by several hundred individuals. For some of the breeds, however, the bank currently features only a few dogs. The DNA bank samples are often needed for reference purposes: for example, when a putatively disease-related genetic variant is identified in one breed or line, it is essential to check whether the same variant occurs in unaffected individuals of other lines or related breeds. For these purposes, we have an ongoing sample collection for the breeds that are represented by less than 50 samples in our DNA bank.


Study breeds:

Any breed that is currently missing from the Canine DNA Bank, and the breeds with less than 50 sampled individuals, including:

Affenpinscher, Alpine dacksbracke, American Bulldog, American Foxhound, American Toy Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Andalusian Ratter, Appenzell Mountain Dog, Azawakh, Barbado da Terceira, Basset Artésien Normand, Bavarian Mountain Scenthound, Belgian Shepherd Dog (laekenois), Berger Picard, Black and Tan Coonhound, Bloodhound, Blue Picardy Spaniel, Bolognese, Boston Terrier, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, Bouvier des Ardennes, Bracco Italiano, Broholmer, Canaan Dog, Cão Fila De São Miguel, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Catalan Sheepdog, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Cesky Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chodsky pes, Clumber Spaniel, Croatian Sheepdog, Dachshund (rabbit), Deerhound, Deutscher Wachtelhund, Dogo Argentino, Dogo Canario, Drentsche Partridge Dog, Drever, Dutch Shepherd Dog, English Pointer, Entlebuch Cattle Dog, Estonian Hound, Eurasier, Field Spaniel, Fila Brasileiro, German Pointing Dog (rough-haired), German Shepherd (longhair), Gordon Setter, Gotlandshound, Grand Griffon Vendeen, Greenland Dog, Griffon, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, Hälleforshund, Hamilton Hound, Hokkaido, Hortaya Borzaya, Hungarian Pointing Dog, Ibizan Podenco, Irish Glen Of Imaal Terrier, Irish Setter (red & white), Italian Corso Dog, Japanese Chin, Kai, King Charles Spaniel, Kishu, Korthals Griffon, Kuvasz, Lakeland Terrier, Landseer, Lhasa Apso, Magyar Agar, Majorca Mastiff, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Maremma Sheepdog, Mastiff, Mexican Hairless Dog, Munsterlander, Neapolitan Mastiff, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Lundehund, Olde English Bulldogge, Patterdale Terrier, Pekingese, Peruvian Hairless Dog (miniature or large), Pit Bull, Plott hound, Polish Greyhound, Polish Tatra Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Porcelaine, Portuguese Podengo (smooth-haired, medium), Posavaz Hound, Pražský Krysarík, Pyrenean Mastiff, Rat Terrier, Russian Hound, Russian Toy Terrier, Russian-European Laïka, Russkaya tsvetnaya bolonka, Sarplaninac, Scottish Terrier, Shar Pei, Shiba, Shih Tzu, Silken Windhound, Sloughi, Slovakian Chuvach, South Russian Dog, Spaniel de Pont-Audemer, Spanish Greyhound, Spanish Hound, Spanish Mastiff, Stabyhoun, Swedish Lapphund, Swedish White Elkhound, Thai Ridgeback Dog, Volpino Italiano, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, Weimaraner, West Siberian Laïka, Yorkshire Terrier


Dogs eligible for study:

Samples of rare breeds are welcome regardless of the age and health status of the dog.


Copies of diagnoses and other information needed:

In addition to a blood sample, we will need detailed information on the dog's health, preferably through our electronic health questionnaire. We also need to know the dog's pedigree. If the dog has been registered by the Finnish Kennel Club, we will get this information from KoiraNet, but for other dogs we wish to receive their pedigree along with the samples.



Further information on sending blood samples.

A sample form to be sent along with the blood samples.

An electronic form for details and updates of dog's health and owner's contact information.


Further information: