Longer, healthier lives for all dogs… and their humans.

The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging, and to use that information to help pets and people increase healthspan, the period of life spent free from disease. We will compile a rich treasure trove of information on the biology and environment of thousands of participating dogs. This information will shed light on the factors that influence aging. A subset of participating dogs will be selected to be part of a new clinical study to explore the potential of the drug rapamycin to improve healthspan.

We are building an unprecedented research platform that will follow the health and aging progression of 10,000 dogs.

The Dog Aging Project is committed to advancing our understanding of aging by gathering data to accelerate health and medical breakthroughs for dogs and humans. We will integrate our knowledge and data about dogs with other incredible programs around the world to power research on aging and complex disease in a way never before possible.


Challenge of Aging

Aging is the greatest risk factor for the major causes of disability and death. But the cause of aging is difficult to understand, because it is a complex trait influenced by countless biological and environmental factors. To identify how these factors shape healthy aging, researchers have turned to long-term studies of large populations, but this is particularly challenging in people because humans have long lifespans.

Science’s Best Friend

The next generation of medicine will keep us healthier longer by targeting the aging process directly. Dogs are optimally suited to help us explore this potential: they age more rapidly than humans, they get the same diseases of aging, they have a rich genetic architecture, and they share our environment. By studying aging in dogs, we can more quickly expand our knowledge of the aging process in not just dogs, but humans too!

Culture of Collaboration

The Dog Aging Project has assembled an impressive team of researchers to expand our knowledge of the aging process. The project brings together experts from diverse disciplines at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University, and a dozen other institutions. Our culture of collaboration fosters creative partnerships between researchers and the public to find solutions previously unexplored.

Citizen Scientists

Meet the awesome Canine Citizen Scientists who took part in our pilot study!
Click on their photos to learn more about them.