Eldin Leighton, PhD
1973 - 1976
United States Army
1979 - 1989
Professor of Academia
The Seeing Eye
In 1980, The Seeing Eye asked Dr. Leighton to write a new breeding plan for them with the stated goals of reducing or eliminating hip dysplasia as a cause for release while also selecting for sound overall health and an improved ability to be trained for working as guide dogs for blind people.
In 1994, Dr. Leighton was asked to assume complete control and management over The Seeing Eye’s breeding program and in 1995, he was hired as a full-time employee. After 20 years of managing the selection of young dogs to be kept for breeding and defining the protocols for determining how mating decisions were to be made, Dr. Leighton retired from The Seeing Eye at the end of 2015.
2015 - Current
Canine Genetic Services
Dr. Leighton started Canine Genetic Services (CGS), a privately-owned consulting and data analysis company.
CGS now provides advice and direction to working dog organizations who wish to use modern animal breeding principles to genetically improve the puppies born into their breeding colonies. He is also one of 3 developers creating the International Working Dog Registry (IWDR).
At present, CGS is the company providing the owners of IWDR with computer maintenance and support services, along with supplying IWDR users with data importation and data clean-up services, as various working dog organizations begin moving their data into IWDR.