The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki carries out extensive genetic and clinical research related to dogs. The canine DNA bank led by Professor Hannes Lohi is among the largest in the world as the collection already covers more than 334 breeds and more than 70,000 dogs. A major part of canine research is conducted in eight research groups. 

Current interests include the overall health of short-muzzled breeds and studying it using fitness tests, dogs’ pulmonary diseases, issues with legs and back as well as neurological diseases.

Finnish Kennel Club’s grants

The Finnish Kennel Club budgets an annual sum to be distributed as grants to canine research.

In 2013–2017, the research fund funded veterinarian Lena Lindh’s participation in a residency training programme in which she completed the Diplomate of ECAR (the European College of Animal Reproduction) alongside her doctoral studies.

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Canine genetic studies in Finland