Join the largest dog epigenetics study ever conducted
About our study
How this study works
Epigenetics is the study of how behavior and environment can affect the way genes work. Unlike traditional genetics, which focuses on the sequence of letters that comprise DNA, epigenetics is a newer field dedicated to understanding the processes that turn certain genes on and off. If you think of the DNA sequence as an instruction manual for the body, then epigenetics are like penciled-in notes that indicate which parts to read closely and which to ignore.
Our study examines this data across thousands of participating dogs, and we’ll use the results to develop health metrics and ultimately medicines intended to help dogs live longer, healthier lives.
While the DNA collection portion of our study is now fully subscribed, it’s not too late to play an important role.
Enroll your dog today to participate in the interactive community science portion of our study. We’ll ask you to complete a series of surveys, photo challenges, and other activities that tell us more about your dog’s general health, environment, and lifestyle. As the study continues, we’ll share what we’ve learned about dogs like yours.
How you can be a part of it
Enroll your dog in the study and participate in a series of surveys, photo challenges, and other interactive activities. If you love sharing photos, stories, and information about your dog, you’ll enjoy being part of this study. And of course your efforts will play a part in helping us help dogs everywhere live longer, healthier lives.
Benefits for you and your dog
The biggest benefit you’ll receive from participating in X-Thousands Dogs is the knowledge that by sharing a bit of your time and information about your dog, you’ll be helping dogs everywhere live longer, healthier lives.
You’ll also be the first to learn when there are future DNA sampling opportunities for your dog.
Helping your dog stay healthy
Enroll your dog
Enroll in the study today—it’s completely free, and takes just a small amount of you and your dog’s time.
Complete our surveys
We’ll send you a series of surveys and photo challenges that teach us about your dog, their health, and their lifestyle.
Help dogs everywhere
Sharing information about your dog will help us help dogs everywhere live longer, healthier lives
Looking for our DNA sampling kit?
Our kits are fully sold out for now, but it’s not too late to participate. Join the survey and photo phase of our study and you’ll be the first to learn when there are future DNA sampling opportunities for your dog.