SAMOYED DOGS: FRIENDLY, PROTECTIVE & NATURAL BORN SNUGGLERS

SAMOYED (CHILD & OTHER ANIMAL FRIENDLY)

Samoyeds are biscuit to pure white in color, with a silver sheen.
Samoyeds are biscuit to pure white in color, with a silver sheen.
Samoyeds have a soft, wooly undercoat with harsh, fluffy overcoat that stands out from the body.
Samoyeds have a soft, wooly undercoat with harsh, fluffy overcoat that stands out from the body.
Samoyeds were originally native to the harsh Siberian climate, but can adjust to warm climates as well with shade and plenty of water.
Samoyeds were originally native to the harsh Siberian climate, but can adjust to warm climates as well with shade and plenty of water.
Samoyed puppy
Samoyed puppy

THE SAMOYED, PRONOUNCED SAMMY-ED

According to Eve Adamson (Dog Fancy: September 2005), the Samoyed dog of a certain Ms. Mardi Ward-Fanning, actually picked her future husband among a group of men in a crowded room. Adamson reports that "everyone was feeding her popcorn, but she was particularly interested in this one guy."

The Samoyed does have a long history of close relationships with humans, as the breed was often a partner in the struggle for survival among those of the nomadic culture, living in the frozen tundra of Siberia. The breed is classified as a working dog breed, and is known to be friendly with other animals and children. These cheerful workers have served as reindeer herders, sledge pullers, watchdogs, and bed warmers. While the dogs originated in the harsh cold climate of Siberia, they can live in moderately warm climates with shade, and plenty of water.

APPEARANCE AND TEMPERAMENT

The Samoyed has not changed much in appearance or temperament from the dog of centuries past. They love cold weather and will cheerfully pull a sled or skier through the snow. They appear to enjoy their work, have a sense of fun, and are known to have a natural intuition about people. They get along well with other dogs and pets, and patiently allow the tugs and playful interactions of small children. According to Adamson, a Samoyed owner reported that their puppy had blocked their toddler's path to the street long enough for them to rescue her from a passing car. These are protective dogs, but not so in an aggressive way.

The Samoyed color is biscuit to pure white, with a soft wooly undercoat and a harsh fluffy overcoat that stands out from the body. Males stand from about 21 to 23 and a half inches tall, with females standing at 19 to 21 inches tall. Males weigh from 55 to 65 pounds, and females weigh from 45 to 55 pounds. Samoyeds can be expected to live for from 12 to 14 years. Their activity level is high as puppies, but moderate as adult dogs.

GROOMING

The breed profile (Dog Fancy: September 2005) recommends brushing your Samoyed twice weekly, and more often during times of heavy shedding. It is recommended that your Samoyed be professionally groomed every six to eight weeks to keep his or her coat in optimum condition.

RESCUE

To adopt a Samoyed who is in need of a loving home, contact www.samoyed.org/rescue_org.html

I highly recommend adoption, because so many loving animals are in danger of being put down due to being homeless; however, keep in mind that pedigree animals would cease to exist if no one bred or raised them.

BREEDER REFERRAL

Contact AKC, or UKC for breeder referrals. If planning to purchase a Samoyed puppy, it is recommended that you ask the breeder the following questions.

1. Have the parents had their hips x-rayed and are they clear of any signs of hip dysplasia? Are they registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals?

2. Have the puppies been examined for juvenile cataracts? Are they registered with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation?

3. How long do the Samoyeds in your line tend to live? Do they reach the normal life span of 12 to 14 years?

4. How often do the parents blow their coats? How would you describe the coat quality of this litter's parents?

5. Have any of the Samoyeds in your line ever suffered from bloat (gastric dilatation-volvulus)?

WILLING TO PLEASE

Samoyeds are highly independent, thus more difficult to train than some breeds; however, they are eager to please, a trait that does make training possible. Samoyeds are affectionate, and bond with their humans. They are loyal, and will become your best friend and soul mate, in addition to being simply pleasing to the eye.

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Our Samoyed must have been kind of misereable as we lived and kept PooPie with us on the Gulf Coast of Mexico..


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

Yeah, but he or she was probably happy with enough water, and some shade. Love is what is most important. Great dogs.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Valerie, OMG those Samoyed Dogs are the cutest things. I want the puppy. Aw the love of a pet is unbeatable. Thanks and Peace :)


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

That is the problem with this breed research, Katiem, I always want one, and I have four dogs and three cats, now. I'd better just be content with writing about them, and looking at the pictures. LOL.


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

We had a Samoyed when I was growing up in Saskatchewan. Lots of snow and very cold in the winter. Bungy loved pulling us all around the neighborhood on a sled my Father built. Thank You for stirring up fun memories and for another awesome Hub Valerie.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

Thanks Kowality, They do seem to be adored dogs, and wonderful pets. Thanks for commenting on my site.


miamax1 6 years ago

dogs are cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they make me feel a happy feeling like all pets like dogs!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

I am also a serious dog lover, and a lover of cats also. Thank you for commenting on my site. You might check out some of my other dog breed hubs as well.


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brisana 5 years ago

Hello valeriebelew,

I love your pics of the Samoyed puppies! I have always been trying to learn more about Samoyeds but haven't really found correct info. I have heard that Samoyeds are some what hypoallergenic, or at least good with people who suffer with allergies. Is that true?


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

Thanks brisana. They are great dogs.


brisana 5 years ago

Yes I am sure they are wonderful dogs! So do they shed a lot??? Or are they good for people who suffer from allergies?


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

brisana, From what I've read, you can't be sure any dog breed is hypoalergenic. You need to see the parents and perhaps spend some time with them to see if they cause an alergic reaction.


brisana 5 years ago

Thank you very much. Tat was very helpful! Cant wait to see more of your hubs!


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

Thanks brisana, for reading my writing. (:v


amber 5 years ago

hi how are you


Ivette 5 years ago

Beautiful. My favorite breed!


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA Author

They are gorgeous, Ivette. Thanks for responding to my site.


Kld1 2 years ago

They are everything as stated! But! My Beautiful 8 year old samoyed is a little more. I adopted her at 6 years, she was a champion show dog and the best decision I ever made! Adoption is the way to go! After having her a year she became very attached and clingy, I thought this was another stage of the bonding? Nope after about 3 days of this extra attention.... I suffered 7 massive seizures in 3 hours! She knew a big storm was coming and now when the seizure(s) is coming she will sit on my feet or lie beside me or do whatever she can to get me to stop what I'm doing to sit down and give her pets! It may be my condition but she is a very protective guard dog! And yes when need be she will attack a stranger who tries to walk in the door (it has happened to the furnace guy who kept walking in and out to get tools). She has a favorite street she likes to walk down and one night would not go down it? 2 minutes later we heard a pack of coyotes yelping and they were literally a couple of blocks away. I have a lot of knowledge of dog breeds and did a lot of research to finally make the decision on the Samoyed breed. Samoyeds need to feel part of the family. I am home all day with her and she gets a lot of attention(not saying that its mandatory but it helps) Do not think of a samoyed breed if you are not willing to dedicate this time but if you do the rewards are endless!

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