The CSCA DNA bank is owned by the CSCA and managed by the Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation. The bank is currently housed in two locations, the University of Missouri and the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan. This allows two parallel banks, which affords greater security overall.

DNA banking from all your clumbers is one of the most important ways you can contribute to the improvement of the breed's health. The DNA bank has already facilitated the development of the PDP1 test. It has also allowed us to provide to researchers valuable samples for study into IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) and hemangiosarcoma, a fatal cancer in dogs. We hope it will soon prove useful in an intervertebral disc disease research study, as well.

The CSCA DNA bank now holds samples from over 400 Clumbers. Grants from the CSHF have facilitated digitalization of all the samples, making data searches much easier.

You can submit DNA from your Clumber to the bank in two ways:

  1. Submit either whole blood or salivary sample to the Van Andel Research Institute. Cost is $15 per sample. You may download the collecting and shipping instructions.
  2. donor information form.
  3. Submit a blood sample to the University of Missouri. Cost is $40 per sample, which includes a PDP1 test. Download collecting and shipping instructions and the shipping form.

Your participation in building this resource is very much appreciated. Clumbers present and future thank you!