Here are some webinars and like resources that should interest breeders and owners.


Webinar Programme 2012

All webinars will be recorded and available on the company’s website for future vieweing.

Tuesday 19th June 8PM.
Canine Behaviour = Genetics + Learning + Environment, a discussion for raising even better dogs
– Dr. Jacqui Ley, Sydney Animal Behaviour Service – Register Now

Tuesday 31st July 8PM.
Judging in the Ring
– Ms. Myrna Shiboleth FCI International Judge since 1972

Tue 21st August 8PM.
Whelping Problems in Dogs
– Dr Noam Pik, Emergency and Critical Care Vet, ASAP Lab

Tue 11th September 8PM.
Optimal Selection TM – Genetic Tool to Find the Best Mate
– Dr Angela Hughes, Veterinary Geneticist, MARS Veterinary

Tue 23rd October 8PM.
Advances in Canine Reproduction
– Dr. Stuart Mason Monash Veterinary Hospital

Tue 27th November 8PM.
The Science Behind Canine Coat Colour
– George Sofronidis, ASAP Lab, DNA department.


The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation have been running Podcasts for some years now, and have their extensive library available online

Their 2012 programme to date has included
Canine Hemangiosarcoma Research
In this special 35 minute edition of Genome Barks Dr. Jaime Modiano of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Modiano discusses his CHF-funded research of hemangiosarcoma, as well as providing an overview on the progress being made in the field of hemangiosarcoma research.

The Future of Cancer Research
In this edition of Genome Barks Dr. Bruce Smith of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). The Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a $1 million appropriation from the state of Alabama for cancer research. Specifically, Dr. Smith discusses the focus of the “One Medicine” approach which links human, animal, and environmental health, and where discoveries in one species advance the health of all species.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month
In this special edition of Genome Barks Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the month CHF will be highlighting currently-funded cancer research projects, providing information about different types of canine cancer, care for dogs with cancer, and other cancer-related health resources. In this podcast, Dr. Nordone provides an overview of the Foundation’s commitment to canine cancer research, the future of canine cancer research and prevention, and the One Health / One Medicine approach to research which benefits not only dogs, but humans as well.

In this edition of Genome Barks Dr. Rondo Middleton of Nestl� Purina PetCare Company. Dr. Middleton discusses nutrigenomics, a field of study that measures how a nutrient or diet affects gene expression. Dr. Middleton shares the progress in the field, how studying nutrigenomics enables researchers to create diets that are healthier for dogs, and how these diets and nutrition plans can address specific symptoms of some canine health concerns.

Canine Allergies
In this edition of Genome Barks Dr. Bruce Hammerberg of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hammerberg discusses allergy season, how it impacts dogs, common allergens, and treatments. Dr. Hammerberg also discusses his CHF-funded research that looks to develop a novel therapeutic drug for canine allergies.

Heartworm Disease
In this edition of genome barks Dr. Betsy Sigmon, founder of Creature Comfort Veterinary Hospital, discusses the signs and symptoms of heartworm disease. Additionally, Dr. Sigmon discusses the current treatment recommendations for this preventable disease.

The Purebred Dog as an Ideal Cancer Research Model
In this edition of Genome Barks, Dr. Nick Duesbery, Co-Director of the Van Andel Research Institute�s Center for Comparative Biology and Genetics, discusses the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC), a national alliance of researchers with a common hope of improving the health and welfare of humans afflicted with rare tumors, and canines affected with the same respective cancer. Dr. Duesbery credits a CHF research grant for helping set the groundwork for what eventually grew into the CHCC. CHCC researchers are unraveling the genetic causes of several cancers, including but not limited to: hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, melanoma, malignant histiocytic sarcoma, and lymphoma.

In this edition of Genome Barks Dr. Snaevar Sigurdsson of the Broad Institute discusses his research of genetic risk factors for osteosarcoma. Dr. Sigurdsson and his team are specifically looking at the Greyhound and other large breed dogs that have a higher incidence of osteosarcoma. After completing a genome-wide scan of the Greyhound, Dr. Sigurdsson and his team are now looking at the possibility of a tumor suppressive gene that may aid in better diagnosis and provide breeders with key genetic information.

Testing and Submitting Canine DNA Samples
In this edition of Genome Barks Dr. Roe Froman, a practicing veterinarian and a researcher at the Van Andel Institute in their Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC). Dr. Froman discusses the importance of testing and submitting DNA samples to organizations like the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), and how dog owners and clubs can encourage sample collection from both healthy and affected dogs.

Coat Color Genetics
In this edition of Genome Barks Dayna Dreger, a Ph. D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. Dreger discusses agouti signaling proteins (ASIP) and how testing for agouti allels offers breeders / owners the opportunity to determine possible coat color outcomes from specific matings.

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation Annual Report is another valuable resource, and it is particularly fabulous to see the level of support they have had from the American Clumber club over the years – well done, and thank you!


The FCI’s e-magazine is gaining a strong following, the introductory page can be found at

It covers a range of topics, in a variety of languages (there are links at the top right corner of each page to get you into the language your prefer). The archives are online (see link in the lower right hand panel).

Of great relevance, at any time, is the brief but interesting and informative article Special Breed Specific Instructions (BSI) regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs (March 2011)