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Mission Statement

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

Vision Statement

CHF’s vision is to address the health needs of all dogs across their entire lifetime by focusing on all aspects of their physical, mental, and social well-being. CHF embraces the One Health model as a critical tool to achieving their vision.

Foundation’s Goals

Within this mission and vision, CHF has three primary goals:

  • To fund canine health research projects to the Foundation’s capacity which address the
    diversity of canine health concerns and may have comparative medicine benefits for
  • To select and monitor, through a rigorous process, research projects that meet high scientific standards and have the greatest potential for advancing the health of dogs
  • To communicate to the pet-owners, veterinarians and researchers, funded discoveries that help prevent, treat, and cure canine diseases

Since 1995…

  • Over $52 million in support for scientific research and educational programs to advance the health of all dogs and their people.
  • Over 970 research grants awarded.
  • Over 750 peer-reviewed publications cited over 26,000 times.

Research Program Areas

CHF supports 23 Research Program Areas including:

  • Behavior
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cardiology
  • Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program
  • Dermatology and Allergic Disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • General Canine Health
  • Hepatic Disease
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Kidney and Urological Disease
  • Lung and Respiratory Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease
  • Neurology
  • Oncology – General
  • Oncology – Hemangiosarcoma
  • Oncology – Lymphoma
  • Oncology – Osteosarcoma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Reproductive Conditions
  • Theriogenology Residency Program
  • Tick-Borne Disease

Charity Navigator & GuideStar

The AKC Canine Health Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal
responsibility, as demonstrated by their four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar
Platinum Seal of Transparency.