Our Funding Strategy

The Foundation supports research projects that focus on diseases and conditions benefiting Portuguese Water Dogs, primarily through collaboration with the Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Morris Animal Foundation (MAF).

Additionally, we actively fund health research projects specific to the needs of Portuguese Water Dogs. These dedicated Portuguese Water Dog research opportunities must go through a peer-review process to ensure the quality and relevance of research, and to help maintain the objectivity and credibility of the funded project.

Our Process

Research funded through the CHF and MAF adheres to established deadlines for researchers to submit their projects for review and acceptance. These deadlines occure throughout the year and are regularly a part of a particular health concern initiative. Upon request, CHF and MAF provide a comprehensive list of approved projects that have successfully undergone scientific review.

The Foundation’s selection process involves identifying CHF and MAF projects that address diseases or conditions of concern to the Portuguese Water Dog. Although some research may involve other breeds, it is important to note that the outcomes benefit all dogs with that particular condition. Our goal is to focus on the research and how it applies to health concerns within the Portuguese Water Dog breed, aiming for improved outcome in the health and longevity of our dogs.

We typically meet to review and fund grant proposals in the spring and fall of each year. If you have a specific interest or further questions about our review process we welcome your questions.

Recently Funded Research

Research GrantYearHealth Area
Using heritable immunostimulatory bacterium to block heartworm transmission by mosquitos2023General Health
Characterization of hookworm resistance in dogs with a novel diagnostic test for early intervention2023General Health
Genetic markers for antimicrobial resistance in mycoplasma2023Respiratory
Discovery of public tumor specific neoantigens from hotspot mutations in canine HSA2023Hemangiosarcoma
Understanding the Genetic Basis of Addison’s Disease in PWDs2021Addison’s
Investigation into Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs2019Cardiomyopathy
Prevalence of Bartonella spp. Infection in Dogs with Cardiac and Splenic Hemangiosarcomas within and between Geographic Locations2019Tick-Borne Disease & Cancer
Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy2019Epilepsy
Addison’s Disease and Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy in Bearded Collies Provide Common Ground for Identifying Susceptibility Loci Underlying Canine Autoimmune Disorders2019Addison’s

Complete Funded Research