The breed-averaged brain atlas for dogs

T2w datasets were acquired from 16 neurologically inconspicuous dogs of different breeds by 3T MRI. The datasets were averaged after initial preprocessing using linear and nonlinear registration algorithms as implemented in SPM8. TPM for gray (GM) and white matter (WM) as well as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, and ventricles) were created. Different cortical, subcortical, medullary, and CSF regions were manually labeled to create a spatial binary atlas being aligned with the template. Overall, 21 brain regions were labeled using the segmented tissue classes of the brain template.


The dataset is licensed under CC BY International 4.0 . You are free to share and adapt the data set, but required to give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license and indicate if changes were made (see more [here]). 







The following publications should be referenced when using this atlas:

Nitzsche, Bjoern, Boltze, Johannes, Ludewig, Eberhard, Flegel, Thomas, Schmidt, Martin J., Seeger, Johannes, Barthel, Henryk, Brooks, Olivia W., Gounis, Matthew J., Stoffel, Michael H., and Schulze, Sabine. A stereotaxic breed-averaged, symmetric T2w canine brain atlas including detailed morphological and volumetrical data sets. NeuroImage.2018. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.066

For questions related to the canine breed-averaged t2w atlas, contact 
Björn Nitzsche <>


The data stored in .zip container and provided in .nii format.

Click below to download:

ReadMe.txt ---> canine_template.nii ---> canine_TPM.nii ---> canine_labels_unilateral.nii
                ---> labels_binaries.xls

label_Neuromorphometrics.xml ---> gm_mask.nii
               ---> wm_mask.nii
               ---> ventricle.nii  --->

Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag
Canine brain template, tissue probability map and atlas von Dr. med. vet. Björn Nitzsche ist lizenziert unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International Lizenz.