The Samoyed is considered to be the breed that has the highest degree of relation to primitive dogs as this breed has no wolf or fox blood in its ancestry. The Samoyed was developed in Siberia, possibly over a thousand years ago, where they were used as sled pulling, working, and hunting dogs.
The average life expectancy of the Samoyed is between 12 and 15 years. Increased health risks associated with this breed include a genetic disease known as Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy. Other potential health issues include hip dysplasia, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes.