Currently the PCA
Genetics Research Committee is working
with Dr. Simon Petersen-Jones with
collections of blood samples of affected
Papillons diagnosed with Juvenile
Cataracts and blood from the first and
second generations of dogs.
It comes down to
statistics when it comes to finding a
mutation gene. We need 20 affected blood
samples out of 100 total samples of
related dogs blood. Presently the
Juvenile Cataract research project has
logged in 7 affected blood samples out
of 27 total. The success of the study
depends on not only the accuracy for the
diagnosis but also with the cooperation
and support of Papillon/Phalene breeders
and owners, who, with the help of their
veterinary professionals, submit DNA
blood samples from their dogs to Dr.
Simon Petersen-Jones MSU Research Team.
You can remain anonymous and send blood
directly to him.
The submittal forms
are available on this website.
Click on the small
images to open each form - both are
pdf's and will open in a new window
With DNA based tests,
we will eventually eliminate the disease
while preserving those desirable
attributes that make up our Papillons.