The Foundation funds research projects which focus on diseases/conditions that will benefit Portuguese Water Dogs primarily through the Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Morris Animal Foundation (MAF).

We also have and will continue to fund health research projects specific to the Portuguese Water Dog. 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 have established deadlines for researchers to submit their projects for review and acceptance. Typically these deadlines are in the fall of each year. CHF and MAF provide a list of approved projects at the end of their review process.

The Foundation’s selection process is to identify CHF and MAF projects that study diseases or conditions that are a concern to the Portuguese Water Dog. Although some research being conducted may use other breeds — all dogs with that particular condition will benefit from results. Our goal is to focus on the research and how it applies to health concerns within the Portuguese Water Dog breed, as well as the potential for improved outcome in the health and longevity of our dogs.

If you have a particular interest or further questions about the review process we welcome your questions.

Recently Funded Research

Research Grant Year Health Area
Investigation into Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs 2019 Cardiomyopathy
Prevalence of Bartonella spp. Infection in Dogs with Cardiac and Splenic Hemangiosarcomas within and between Geographic Locations 2019 Tick-Borne Disease and Cancer
Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy 2019 Epilepsy
Addison’s Disease and Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy in Bearded Collies Provide Common Ground for Identifying Susceptibility Loci Underlying Canine Autoimmune Disorders 2019 Addison’s
Identifying the Disease‐Defining Autoantibodies in Canine Addison’s Disease 2018 Addison’s
Precision Medicine for Canine Lymphoma 2018 Cancer
Prevalence of Bartonella spp. Infection in Dogs with Cardiac and Splenic Hemangiosarcomas within and between Geographic Locations 2018 Cancer
Microphthalmia and Delayed Growth Syndrome in the Portuguese Water Dog 2017 Puppy Eye Syndrome

Complete Funded Research