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SAMOYED DOGS: FRIENDLY, PROTECTIVE & NATURAL BORN SNUGGLERS
SAMOYED (CHILD & OTHER ANIMAL FRIENDLY)
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.
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.
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.
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.