The longitudinal study is patterned after the famous Framingham Heart Study which started in 1948 and has tracked the health of a group of human residents of Framingham, Mass., - and their descendants - ever since.
Man's best friend has never been examined in such comprehensive way, said Rodney Page, director of CSU's Flint Animal Center, which is partnering with the Morris Animal Foundation.
"There is a lot of interest in this from all corners, including people, dog owners and dog lovers," said Page, the lead investigator on the project.
Researchers need young, purebred golden retrievers for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which will span 10 to 15 years.
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