The UC Davis campus continues to be in a limited operations status.

Due to limited staff on hand, we ask that you please contact us directly prior to sending a blood sample from your dog to the Canine Genetic Analysis Project.

If you have prior consent from our lab to send a blood sample, we will be in contact with you so that we may track the package. If you have requested swab kits, there may be a delay in shipment. Please know that our data analysis continues for Addison’s disease, Epilepsy and SLO during this time.

We wish all the best to you and your dogs!  Take care and stay healthy!


Welcome to the website for the Canine Genetic Analysis Project (CGAP) at the UC Davis Department of Animal Science!
We are accepting samples for Addison’s, Epilepsy and SLO projects for both affected dogs and healthy older dogs.

Research Goals

  • Evaluate the Mode of Inheritance of Canine Diseases
  • Identify the Genes Responsible for Disease Expression
  • Join the Tools of Statistics with the Promise of Molecular Genetics
   Epilepsy Project - photo of Belgian Tervuren  Bearded Collie  Standard Poodle

Breeds for Addison’s project:
Great Dane, Leonberger,
Portuguese Water Dog,
West Highland White Terrier

Breeds for Epilepsy project:
Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog,
English Mastiff, Giant Schnauzer,
Miniature Poodle, Toy Poodle

Bearded Collie for Addison’s
and SLO diseases

Standard Poodle for Addison’s
and Epilepsy diseases

Genotype Data

If your dog has genotype data in the form of a zip file (tfam/tped files) and you would be willing to send the data to our study, please email the file to Please include a health questionnaire with each dog’s data file submission.
Owners who submit genotyping data are encouraged to submit a DNA sample from their dog(s) so that we may have a DNA sample in our laboratory for more in depth genotyping analysis.

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Please Note:
The buccal swab kit and/or blood sample you submit is for participation in a research study only.
This research does NOT test to verify if your dog does or does not have the disease.
All sample submissions are kept confidential and results for individual dogs will NOT be made available.