Heart of America DNA Collection

By Sheila Herrmann in events

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 in articles

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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We can use your help!

By Sheila Herrmann

December 7, 2018

Support your favorite breed by volunteering to help as a liaison or reviewer for the A to Z disorder section of the SCARF website! There are three levels of assistance needed: Easiest: Become a liaison for a disorder that already has a write-up but no liaison. Just check occasionally to see if the information on the website is up to date and look for any current research. These disorders have two asterisks ** in the a to z list.

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New website

By Sheila Herrmann in articles

November 1, 2018

The Samoyed Club of America Education and Research Foundation is very excited to finally go live with our long anticipated new website. With so many links and so much information there will always be changing or broken links. If you find a link that is in need of an update please help everyone who uses the site by contacting us at and letting us know what you have discovered and where it is located.

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Amazon Smile

By Sheila Herrmann in articles

October 31, 2018

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Samoyed Club of America Education & Research Foundation Inc when you do your holiday shopping at

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2018 SCA National Specialty

By Margaret Black in events

June 27, 2018

SCARF will help fund cardiac exams and eye exams at the upcoming 2018 SCA National Specialty. We will offer a $20 discount for all cardiac exams (up to 80 samoyeds). If you elect to undergo the cardiac exam, we will also offer an additional $5 discount towards getting an eye exam. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Documenting the Ancient Origins of the Samoyed

By Pam Barbe in events

February 3, 2012

Abstract Archaeological evidence indicates that the Samoyed has an extremely ancient inception, dating back at least to 5500 BCE. Excavations of Copper Age Botai culture settlements of horse herders in northern Kazakhstan have yielded numerous ritual dog burials that provide proof of the antiquity of Samoyeds. The shape, size and proportions of the Botai dog skulls and skeletons are remarkably close to those of modern Samoyeds. These findings support earlier DNA studies that identify the Samoyed as one of the 14 oldest breeds (Parker, et al.

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Animal Rights and your Samoyed's Health

By Pam Barbe in articles

June 7, 2009

How do those two go together? Simply put, if the Animal Rights (AR) activists have their way, you won’t have to be concerned about your pet’s health because you won’t have a pet. The AR agenda is a serious threat to our right to own and control the care for our pets. BECOME AWARE! Learn about what AR really means: Do you know the difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare?

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