The Ganaraskan dog is a breed that has been in development in Ontario, Canada since the latter half of the 1970’s. A group of breeders that lived around the Ganaraska River region of Point Hope, Ontario decided to attempt to breed an ideal therapy dog, one that was intelligent and friendly as well as causing low to no reaction for most allergy sufferers. They chose four breeds as their foundation, Bichon Frise, the Miniature Schnauzer, the English Cocker Spaniel, and the Poodle, all of which are small dogs known for their friendliness and their trainability. These traits make them excellent companion animals as well that can thrive in any size home and get along well with both adults and children alike, and they soon became very popular with the general populace as well. The breed also gained a great deal of press in when a Ganaraskan named Molly with a heart disorder known as patent ductus arteriosus was successfully operated on by fluoroscopy, allowing her to live a long and healthy life. All Ganaraskan breed dogs are registered through the Canadian Ganaraskan Breeders Association as well as the Canadian Identification Project, which can be found in Ottawa and in 2012 Bernard Gil of Point Hope filed a request to register the name Ganaraskan as a trademark for a new breed of dog, with a current status of “Interruption of Proceeding.” The breeders association is still in the process of qualifying as an official breed with the Canadian Kennel Club, a process involving that the breeding program be supervised over several generations by the Ministry of Agriculture.