Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is one of the largest, most comprehensive prospective canine health studies in the United States. The study’s purpose is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Each year, with the help of veterinarians and dog owners, the Foundation collects health, environmental and behavioral data on 3,000+ enrolled golden retrievers.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will help identify nutritional, genetic and environmental risk factors for cancer and other important diseases in dogs. Results will provide comprehensive data on diseases and other health challenges, including cancer. Findings will be used as a launching point for multiple health studies in dogs.

Golden Retrievers enrolled in the study across the U.S.
of Golden Retrievers are impacted by cancer

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Journal Articles

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study: Establishing an Observational Cohort Study with Translational Relevance for Human Health

Population Characteristics of Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Enrollees


Study data and samples are available to qualified researchers during special calls for proposals, which are scheduled and announced by Morris Animal Foundation. For additional research-related data and sample questions, contact the study team directly.

Call for Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Special Call Research Proposals

The Foundation is now accepting proposals for Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (GRLS) collaborative projects that contribute to our understanding of the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle, and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases. Proposals may request access to data and/or samples only. Please note that this call does not include funding.  The purpose of this special call for research proposals is to generate data to identify priorities for further study aimed at the main goals of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Interested investigators are encouraged to contact us prior to proposal submission for more information. 

Please contact Kelly Diehl, DVM MS Dipl. ACVIM, Interim VP of Scientific Programs or Liz Nahon, DVM, Director of Scientific Grants Program.

Proposals are due Friday, February 1, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST. Click here to apply.

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