Announcing SHCA’s FREE Banking…

…DNA banking that is!

At the spring in person board meeting, the SHCA Board approved a motion to use the SHCA’S previous year’s SHOR proceeds to pay for any purebred registered Siberian Husky’s DNA to be banked – via blood only – with the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). This program is available to SHCA members and non-members alike. Due to a generous matching grant from the SHCA Trust, which doubles the available funds for this program, more Siberians DNA can be banked at no charge. And to further aid the SHCA’s efforts to get more Siberian DNA samples banked, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) has generously agreed to underwrite half the cost of the DNA submission fee for 100 submissions, enabling the SHCA to pay just $10.00 per sample instead of the usual $20.00 submission fee. Proceeds from the 2015 SHCA’s Down and Dirty Calendar contest and calendar sales will be used to help fund this program as well.

A total of 100 Siberian DNA samples can be banked at NO cost to the dog’s owner this year due to everyone’s generosity.

            Today research delving into canine health issues often times are based on genetic tests. Without DNA samples for the investigators the research cannot happen. There is a great need for DNA samples from our beloved Siberians to fill the reserves of our breed’s CHIC DNA bank.

            The SHCA wants to give back to the breed and its members. There are several ways for you to help make this program a success and to support you breed:

  1. Donate your dog(s)’ DNA for CHIC banking (see below for details) – it’s FREE for the first 100 Siberians this year!!

  2. Purchase a 2015 SHCA’s Down and Dirty with Siberians calendar (available at the National or order on by contacting Sheila Blanker at ) - they make great gifts! Cost is $20.00 ea. – add $6.50 if mailed. Preorders to be picked up at the National are appreciated.

  3. Support SHOR – the proceeds help fund CHIC DNA banking.


How to participate in the free CHIC DNA banking:

Note: Remember only DNA samples via blood are eligible for this program.

Email Sheila Blanker, SHCA Genetics Chairman, at with a request for a submission number for this program. Dog(s) names do NOT need to be supplied just the number of dogs (limited to 3 dogs per owner) that you would like to participate. Include the submission number(s) with your CHIC DNA paperwork (go to CHIC to download the application/survey forms) to be eligible for free DNA banking. Then have your dog(s)’ blood sample drawn and submitted to CHIC. Job well done!

A possible CHIC DNA banking clinic for this year’s national is being worked on - watch for announcements in the SHCA Specialty's Daily newsletter and on the SHCA’s Facebook page.

This updated information is provided by SHCA's Health/Genetics Committee to keep the fancy apprised of current research and studies which will benefit the Siberian Husky.

Siberian Corneal Dystrophy Study
Dr. Keith Montgomery and the Genetic Laboratory of North Carolina State University College of Veterminary Medicine are performing a research study to identify the genetic mutation responsible for crystalline corneal dystrophy in Siberians Huskies. The goal is to use this research to develop a DNA test and help breeders decrease the frequency of corneal dystrophy in Siberian Huskies.

They are inviting new participants for this study. The requirements are: crystalline corneal dystrophy diagnosed by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist (can be during an OFA or CERF eye certification examination), or a Siberian who is at least 8 years of age, and is clear of corneal disease. DNA from your Siberian is submitted by blood draw performed by a veterinarian or veterinary tehnician. Please have the ophthalmologist who diagnosed your dog contact Dr. Montgomery for more information to ensure that your dog is a candidate for the study.

Primary contact: Dr. Keith Montgomery, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Email:, phone 919-515-8117.

Please note that if anyone participating in this study -- whether affected or healthy -- needs blood drawn fore the DNA sample, SHCA Genetics/Health Chairman Sheila Blanker Morissey has volunteered to do the necessary blood draw at the 2013 Natioal free of charge. Please contact Sheila for more information:

Lend a paw if you can and support important research for our dogs and while you are at it consider donating another sample to the CHIC DNA Repository to help future research.

Last update of this page: 10/07/2014.

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