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.
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!
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.