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A to Z Diseases List

We maintain a list of disorders, syndromes, and conditions that have been present in the Samoyed breed. The list of topics and information serves as a great starting point for your search for information on a particular disease.

Information Databases

The Samoyed breed is the first AKC breed to establish a DNA repository for the storage of the DNA of all Samoyeds and the online collection of anonymous and accurate statistical data that can be reported to the public.

Research Studies

We sponsor research studies, help collect DNA samples as well as funding for research studies, and guide researchers through the process of performing a research study.

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You can contribute by donating, volunteering, or enrolling your Samoyed in the DNA Database (it's easier than it sounds!)

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From our blog

DNA Collection at DSA Specialty

By Sheila Herrmann on November 4, 2019

Denver Samoyed Association is hosting a SCARF DNA collection clinic at their upcoming Specialty. It will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Collections will be held from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. To sign up your Samoyeds and for further information on how to participate please contact Lori Elvera at Kenoshasam@aol.com. This is your opportunity to help the Samoyed breed find health answers.

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DNA Collection at the SCA Nationals

By Margaret Black on July 25, 2019

The Samoyed Club of America Education and Research Foundation (SCARF) will be holding a free DNA Collection event at the SCA National Specialty in South Sioux City, NE on Thursday, September 26, 2019 for the SCARF Samoyed DNA Repository. The SCARF DNA collection will add anonymous, accurate, statistical data that will help SCARF report back to the public on the status of the Samoyed breed. Researchers can investigate whether environmental factors have any correlation to a disorder, what adverse reactions dogs may have to a drug and what diseases are on the rise/fall through looking at the cause of death.

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Heart of America DNA Collection

By Sheila Herrmann on February 4, 2019

The Heart of America Samoyed Club is hosting a DNA collection at its specialty event in Kansas City, MO on Friday March 8, 2019 and Saturday March 9, 2019 for the Samoyed Club of America Education & Research Foundation (SCARF). The SCARF DNA collection will add anonymous, accurate, statistical data that will help SCARF report back to the public on the status of the Samoyed breed. Researchers can look into whether environmental factors have any correlation to a disorder, what adverse reactions dogs may have to a drug and what diseases are on the rise/fall through looking at the cause of death.

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Genetic Studies for SAS and SCARF

By Margaret Black on January 1, 2019

SCARF has a long-standing interest in supporting research opportunities that seek to identify the genetic basis of diseases that afflict Samoyeds. In spring 2018 SCARF was contacted about Samoyeds from a shelter in Iowa who had heart murmurs, a possible indicator of subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS), a congenital heart defect in dogs. We were told that dogs from this shelter were notorious for sudden cardiac death and accurate pedigrees were not available.

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