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Samoyed Information

Description of a Samoyed 

The Samoyed is most known for its amazingly bright white coat, although the breed may also come in cream and biscuit colorations. The coat is medium in length with a harsher outer coats and a dense, thick and wooly inner coat. The tail is held very tightly curled over the back and is well feathered to give a balanced appearance to the dog. The body is thick and muscular, giving the impression of the strength and natural ability this dog has. The head is held high and the sharp, triangular ears are always alert. The eyes and nose are very dark and the mouth is often described as smiling because it turns up at the corners. The legs are stocky and well boned and the feet are broad to allow running across the snow without sinking.

Samoyed Temperament

The Samoyed is a loving and happy breed of dog that enjoys spending time with its owners. They are natural pleasers and love to learn new commands and tricks. The breed is excellent with children of all ages and although it will bark when strangers approach it is more friendly than good at being a watch dog. They can tolerate cold temperatures but need shade in very hot climates. The Samoyed has natural herding instincts and may try to herd children and other pets, even without any training. They are a bit stubborn to train but also do very well once they understand the concept you are working on. The Samoyed makes an excellent companion dog and is rarely dog-aggressive or likely to chase non-canine pets. Proper socialization and training is recommended as with any breed.

Grooming & Shedding of the Samoyed 

The Samoyed breed sheds excessively in the spring or the fall and will require daily grooming at these times. The dense and wooly undercoat comes out in chunks, and can easily become matted into the outer coat if not removed. Since their hair is so white, almost silver in some dogs, it is very noticeable on furniture and in the house. They are considered an average shedder during the year.

History of the Samoyed breed 

Originally bred in Siberia as a sled dog, the Samoyed breed is named after the nomadic people the Samoyeds. These dogs were also used to hunt bear and other animals in the cold northern regions as well as herd the reindeer that the tribe used for food. The gentle temperament of the breed comes from its second duty as a sleeping companion for children to help them stay warm in the freezing cold climate. They have always been valued as both a companion and a working dog.  The explorer Robert Scott first brought a Samoyed to England in 1889 and presented it to Queen Alexandria. Most of the current lines of Samoyed can be traced back to dogs from her kennel.

Health Issues affecting the Samoyed 

  • Major Concerns: canine hip dysplasia, diabetes
  • Minor Concerns: progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), gastric torsion
  • Occasionally seen: skin allergies
  • Suggested tests: hip, eye

 

Characteristics

Height

Dogs 21-23½ inches (53-60 cm)

Bitches 19-21 inches (48-53 cm)

Weight

Dogs 45-65 pounds (20½-30 kg)

Bitches 35-50 pounds (16-20½ kg)

Lifespan

12-14 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes –with regular exercise

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes

Need exercise space

Yes – avoid exercising in the heat

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