Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Samoyed puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Samoyeds, the best dog food diet for feeding Samoyed puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Samoyed dog breed

Samoyed Health Problems and Raising a Samoyed Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Samoyeds:

Eye diseases are a real problem in Samoyeds:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) leads to blindness.
  • Cataracts can appear at 6-36 months old and can lead to blindness.
  • Glaucoma usually leads to blindness.
  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease is a rare disease that causes severe eye and skin problems.
  • Retinal dysplasia can be mild or can lead to blindness.
  • Other eye diseases in Samoyeds include persistent pupillary membranes, eyelash abnormalities, and corneal dystrophy.

The orthopedic disease of most concern in Samoyeds is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 13,600 Samoyeds and found 11% dysplastic. Compare that to other northern breeds: Siberian Huskies at 2% or Keeshonds at 6%.

Other orthopedic diseases occasionally reported in Samoyeds include elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and luxating patella.

A variety of heart diseases (subaortic stenosis, pulmonic stenosis, tricuspid valve disease, and septal defects) are a concern in Samoyeds.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases are real problems in Samoyeds, especially diabetes (very common) and hypothyroidism. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 15% of Samoyeds have low thyroid levels. Also reported are Addison's disease and Cushing's disease.

Epilepsy (seizures) is another health issue that's becoming a worry in Samoyeds.

Kidney disease can be severe in young Samoyeds.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Samoyeds are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Other skin diseases in Samoyeds include follicular dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, zinc-responsive dermatosis, and lick granuloma.

Blood-clotting diseases in Samoyeds include von Willebrand's and hemophilia A.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Samoyed?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Samoyeds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Samoyed puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Samoyed puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Samoyed puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Samoyed lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Samoyed
The best diet for feeding your Samoyed is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Samoyed. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Samoyed
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Samoyed. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Samoyed puppy really need? Does your adult Samoyed need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Samoyed. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Samoyed. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Samoyed.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.