SHCA Trust: Health
The Health arm of the SHCA Trust funds medical research related health and medical issues affecting the Siberian Husky. We also support seminars related to health and medical issues in Siberian Huskies .
Each year the AKC Canine Health Foundation polls breed parent clubs about their top health concerns and research interests. This poll is not scientific but represents the opinions of a group of representatives from the parent club.
You and your Siberian(s) can make a difference!
With your help and your dog’s hair, you can be part of the first step in beginning to map the Siberian genome. The SHCA Trust Health Chair has written a grant to help a geneticist begin this process. Dr. Jean Dubach will pull the specific gene region that she needs from the follicles of your Siberian's guard hair or whiskers. Although everything is confidential, she would like a pedigree for each dog submitted. Be sure the pedigree is attached to that dog's baggie of hair if you submit more than one. Generations are appreciated, if possible. If you do not have a pedigree for your Siberian just say so, it can still be part of the study.
The Trust is asking all Siberian fanciers to collect their dog's hair and send it directly to the researcher. The cost of a single stamp can go a long way to improve the lives of Siberians everywhere. You can find directions on how to collect the guard hairs, where to send them, and a brief of the study below.
How to Collect Siberian Hair with the Follicle Attached
- The follicle is the small bulb like end of a guard hair or whisker.
- When grooming you can find guard hairs with follicles or you can pluck them.
- The larger, stiffer guard hair is best from around the neck or tail.
- Whiskers are really good – shed ones only. You don’t want to hurt the dog.
- Please do not include the undercoat as it is hard to sort through.
- Place at least 20 hairs with follicles in a plastic bag.
- Blood (0.5 ml) or tissue (pea size) is acceptable if stored frozen and sent in the mail.
- Please include a pedigree with AKC # for each bag submitted. If there is not a pedigree, just say so.
Send samples to:
Dr. Jean Dubach
Genetics Core Laboratory, CTRE Building
Health Sciences Campus
2160 South First Avenue, Rm 026
Maywood, Illinois 60153
For more information about the study, please click here: Evaluating Genetic Diversity
The SHCA Trust encourages Siberian owners to visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website – www.OFFa.org - and complete the Siberian Husky Health Survey. Information gathered will be available to the parent club, veterinarians and researchers. Personal information and pedigree information is NOT a part of the survey.
Last update of this page: 01/18/2020.
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