Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

"The genetic makeup of dogs and humans is about 85% the same. There are about 400 diseases that affect both species in the same way. Because of this, research in canine health will help humans, and research in human health will help dogs. Scientists have proven that the dog makes a good model for human health research. Some of that reasoning is based on a shared environment (we breathe the same air, drink the same water, walk across the same treated lawns), the shorter lifespan of dogs (you can study several generations of dogs in the time it would take to study one human generation) and the ability to track lineage through pedigrees of purebred dogs (each breed is considered to be an extended 'family' or genetic isolate)."

American Kennel Club, Canine Health Foundation

Canine Research Collection, 1801-2010

Terhune, Albert Payson The heart of a dog. Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Pub. Co., 1924.
American Kennel Club Gazette. January 1943.
Howe, Lorna. The Popular Labrador Retriever. London: Popular Dogs Publishing Company Ltd., 1959.
Lyon, McDowell. The dog in action, a study of anatomy and locomotion as applying to all breeds. New York: Orange Judd Pub. Co., 1950.
Draper, Nancy-Carroll. The great dane: dogdom's Apollo. New York: Howell Book House, 1981.

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MSS Canine

In the fall of 2000, Noreen Cartwright donated her personal collection of rare and antique dog books to the OSU Libraries Special Collections. That gift formed the nucleus of a Canine Research Collection to which additional donations have been made by like-minded individuals. The collection provides opportunities for research on the history of canines in art and literature, the development of specific dog breeds, current issues in canine genetics, developments in training methods and the history of major dog show competitions, among many other related topics.

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486.5 linear feet, 317 boxes, 1933 books


The Canine Research Collection has received a preliminary arrangement into ten series. Further organization of the collection is forthcoming.

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