The Genetics and Health Committee welcomes you to
our newly remodeled home on the ACA website! We have a wealth
of information that we hope will help all Akita owners as well as the
health professionals who care for them. Please remember to bookmark
this section for future reference, and be sure to check back for additions.
BANK IS OPEN!!! Now is the time to store your Akita's DNA.
With the cooperation of the CHF, CHIC has made arrangements with the
labs at MSU and UC Davis to store DNA for research purposes on breeds
participating in CHIC.
Having samples with correlated data available opens
the door to unprecedented research possibilities. Check the
DNA Bank section of the website for all the information or go to
the CHIC Website.
Submission forms can be found under the Forms category in this section
or on the main ACA website.
On-going projects that need
assistance from us can be found under "Help Us." The list
varies from survey information to DNA samples. Please check it
and see if you might be able to help.
Groups that help researchers attract researchers.
Funding is important, and ACA accomplishes this mainly through the Donor-Advised
Fund of the Canine Health Foundation. However, the best-funded
study won't work if there's nothing to study! Your participation
is very important.
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who've sent DNA samples,
answered questions, sent photos, etc. The success of the completed
studies lies squarely with your efforts!
"You don't quit breeding
just because you have one problem litter." --Erika Werne,
Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Conference, 2005
And you don't quit researching just because your hypothesis
isn't substantiated. You have to remember that in scientific research,
a researcher's hypothesis may or may not be supported by the results
of her experiment. Although a negative finding may be disappointing,
it is by no means a failure. Think of it as navigating a maze.
Getting from start to finish almost never happens
without turning down a few blind alleys and wrong turns. Each time
one of these false trails is eliminated, the true path becomes clearer.
Don't give up or get discouraged if a study you sent samples to or helped
with doesn't yield a spectacular result. Most don't, but they
pave the road for the future. Every day that goes by brings new
technology and new applications as well as fresh eyes to look at what's
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) has a
summary of all the health studies requested through them. For
information or to submit samples http://www.akcchf.org/research/participation.cfm
Interested in the work of this committee?
Please contact us if you have:
- any suggestions about additional materials for
- problems you need help with
- photographs of affected dogs we can use on the
- found sections that are inaccurate or do not work.
Thank you for visiting. Please come back soon.