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     The Airedale Health Foundation (AHF) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the health and future of Airedales.  Formed with the purpose of giving something back to this breed that gives us so much, the Foundation provides financial and other support for research efforts on the Airedale in particular and dogs in general. 
     The Airedale Health Foundation on FacebookThank you in advance to everyone who cares enough about the future of this wonderful breed to participate in the foundation's endeavors, whether it's by contributing samples to our research projects, contributing money to fund the projects, or by filling out a Health Survey
     We encourage you to explore our website, learn more about health interests in the breed, and become involved in the Foundation!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world!  ~Anne Frank

2013 Broad Newsletter

Airedale Health Research 

(**We're in the process of updating the site, especially with news on the below topics.  Stay tuned and keep visiting to see the updates as they happen.  We will upload changes, even small ones, often to provide new material.) 

What's Been Happening in 2013:

-Renal Studies (Protein-Losing Neuropathy, Renal Dysplasia, and Other Renal Issues).  The AHF participated in two Renal Studies in 2013 - Marker screening for PLN and Renal Dysplasia.

-Canine Hip Dysplasia  -  Notes from the lastest seminars on OFA and PennHip Studies by Dr. Gail Smith and Dr. Eldin Leighton.

-Longevity Study in Airedales - How you can help.

-Canine Cancer Research - the lastest news on top cancers seen in the breed and update from the Canine Cancer Foundation, and how you can help cancer research studies in the breed.

-Canine Working Dog Conference - October, 2013.  Notes on topics such as heritable temperament traits, newborn care tips, and reproduction findings. 

-Homozygosity Study - How Inbred Are Airedales?   Given that our past breeding tendencies are to use popular sires an average of 50 times, it might be time to consider diversity within the breed.  How much inbreeding is too much? 

-Reminder about Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - It is possible to screen Airedales for the SOD1 mutation, a mutation associated with DM.  


Airedale Blood Sample Submission -- Please Help!

We need your Airedale's Blood Sample for the Airedale DNA Library and we're seeking samples on both Airedales affected with any disease and samples from Airedales without health issues.  

It's easy to send in your dog's blood sample - Just click on the links below and follow the directions.  Your veterinarian will be able to draw the needed amount of blood and if you mention this is for reseaerch, your vet may offer a discount!  (It's always a good idea to ask!)  It's a minimal cost to you, and priceless in terms of helping the breed. 

And Please remember -No Health Problems with your Dog? Your Dog's Blood Sample will still help the research projects. Below are the links you'll need for instructions on how to submit a sample. 

Please follow the links below for more information.
If you have additional questions, please contact:  
dog-info@broadinstitute.org or airedalehealthfoundation@yahoo.com.

Once again, thank you for participating in this important research - you are contributing to the betterment of future generations.


 "Since completing the sequencing of the canine genome, the real bottleneck to understanding inheritance of disease and how to breed away from it is in getting blood samples from dogs." Kerstin Lindblad-Toh. Dr. Lindblad-Toh leads the dog disease-mapping group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She and her research team are mapping over 20 diseases in the canine including cancer, autoimmune, cardiac, and neurological diseases.


Not Sure How Research Helps Improve our Dogs' Health?  Read this:

DNA Test Helps Dalmations: 

 This is just one example of many on how Research Helps Breeders Breed Healthier Dogs: 

The Molecular Basis for Hyperuricosuria in the Dalmation Dog
Bladder stone disease is a painful problem for dogs and it can sometimes require multiple surgeries. Researchers set out to determine the gene mutation that is responsible for an inherited trait in Dalmatians that predisposes them to form bladder stones. They successfully identified the location of the gene and discovered multiple mutations. These results also showed that other breeds, namely the Bulldog and Black Russian Terrier, have the same mutation as the Dalmatian. In addition, other breeds appear to have the mutation at a lower frequency. A DNA based test has been developed from this work and is now available to dog breeders and veterinarians to make better, informed breeding decisions. The discovery of the gene mutation will allow breeders the opportunity to eliminate this condition from all dogs. The test is available by contacting University of California, Davis. This fellowship training grant was the basis for a promising young researcher's PhD thesis.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Noa Safra, University of California/Davis

Interested in Supporting Airedale Health Research Projects?

Donations can be made to:

Airedale Health Foundation
3815 Troup Highway
Tyler, Texas 75703 
Your donations will go to support the Airedale DNA Bank and Research Projects on Canine Disease and Health Studies. 
   You can also donate money in memory or honor of a special dog.   A special page will be created to showcase your dog on the site.

Please contact us for more information about the Foundation.