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Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the Samoyed is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Gastric torsion, also known as bloat, is a life-threatening sudden illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas related to insufficient amounts of insulin production.

  • Glaucoma is a painful and serious condition that causes pressure within the eye to increase. It can lead to blindness if not treated early.

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

  • Portosystemic shunt (PSS) is a malformation of the blood flow associated with the liver. The blood is shunted away from the liver, resulting in accumulation of blood toxins and subsequent profound illness.

  • Renal dysplasia is a disease in which development of the kidney tissue is abnormal which can cause renal failure.

  • Aortic stenosis this disease is caused by stenosis of the aorta and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

  • Nasal Depigmentation is the depigmentation of the hair over the nose..

  • Congenital Deafness can be present at birth in some dogs.

    The Samoyed is also prone to arthritis, kidney failure, anal gland disease, dwarfism and urinary tract infections.

    Life Span

    The life span of the Samoyed is 12 to 15 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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