Breed Health Co-ordinator position is currently vacant.
The Kennel Club require all Assured breeders to score their dogs under the BVA hip dysplasia scheme and also recommend eye testing as well, but there are not that many Samoyed breeders within the scheme. The Code of Ethics for the breed makes the following statement:
Breeders should not knowingly breed from any stock which has hereditary diseases. It is advised that all breeding stock be X rayed for Hip Dysplasia by a qualified veterinary surgeon and that all the plates should be submitted to the BVA for hipscoring under the KC/BVA scheme, even if the hips are poor so that a picture of hip displasia in the breed can be assessed asses.
In short health matters.
With the increased use of social media, health within the breed is also more transparent. The Cause of Death/Illness survey continues to be very relevant although input into this survey remains low currently. We hope to promote this important information so that it is not just viewed as a Cause of Death survey but for the breed to be aware of health issues arising during a dogs lifespan. It is already known that indolent ulcers are more common in samoyeds than a lot of other breeds, and especially if they are over 7 years old.
The breed is also aware of the ongoing issue of diabetes within samoyeds and is supporting research to identify the relevant markers which show a predisposition to this disease. Hopefully in the future it will lead to a test.
With the Samoyed community becoming more international with more overseas dogs being imported, and also some dogs exported from the UK, health and health testing becomes more central to ensuring that not only UK samoyeds remain healthy but that we don’t import or export any health issues. We can only do this by being very open about issues we come across in the breed in our own dogs.
We are very lucky in our breed that it is a Category 1 and as far as the Kennel Club is concerned we do not have any big issues but to keep it that way, we need to health test and not use untested dogs to breed from.
Cause of Death Form – Now available ONLINE
Information Sheets regarding HIP TESTING, BLOAT, SEBACEOUS ADENITIS, EYE TESTING , GLAUCOMA, CORNEAL ULCERS and LIVING WITH A BLIND DOG can be found on the DOWNLOADS PAGE