Samoyed is an intelligent, gentle, and loyal dog. Samoyed puppies are friendly and affectionate with family, including children, and thrive on being part of household activity. Samoyed is known for the "Sammy smile," the slight, but discernible, upturned corners of the Samoyed's mouth. This is a happy, good-natured dog with a glass half-full attitude toward life and the people he lives with. His loyalty and alertness often make for a good watchdog.
Size: The average Samoyed stands 19 to 24 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 35 and 65 pounds (the females are smaller and lighter than the males). Their thick coat needs to be brushed frequently to control shedding and tangles, and they need regular professional grooming.
Personality: The Samoyed is still a hunter. He is likely to chase after small animals that he perceives as prey. For his safety, Samoyeds should always be leashed when not at home in his fenced yard.
Temperament: Stubborn, Friendly, Sociable, Lively, Alert, Playful.
The Samoyed Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is friendly and welcoming. They do well with children and other pets as long as they are socialized properly. The Samoyed needs plenty of mental stimulation and exercise or they can develop obsessive and destructive behaviors.
Activity Requirements: The winter time is their favorite time of year, and you can be sure your Sammy will entertain himself for hours in the snow, especially if he has children to play with. Without snow, you'll want to walk your Samoyed several times a day and allow him to stretch his legs and run several times per week, especially as a puppy. Samoyeds enjoy being with their people and participating in family activities. They need some daily exercise and enjoy play-sessions with their owner in a safely fenced yard or long walks on leash. The breed has a strong urge to run away and roam, and if loose a Sammie might travel for miles, putting himself at risk.
Behavioral Traits: As friendly and smart as this breed is, the Samoyed is challenging to own. He can be a talkative dog, voicing his likes and dislikes with bellows, howls, or barks. It's best to keep this working dog busy, otherwise he's likely to resort to annoying or destructive behaviors such as digging, jumping the fence, getting into garbage, or chewing shoes. His hunting instinct is strong, so it's difficult for him to resist chasing squirrels, rabbits, or even cats. Even a well-trained Samoyed can't be trusted off leash.
Diet: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lb. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lb. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: the samoyed is challenging. This breed is smart, and learns quickly, but you must approach training with the right attitude. Give the him something to figure out; don't bore him with repetition. Agility and tracking make perfect "thinking exercises" for the Samoyed.
A Sammy sentenced to solitary confinement in the backyard is a miserable—and destructive—creature. These are smart, social, mischievous dogs who demand love and attention. Sammies need a firm but loving hand in training.
Colors: When most people think of a Samoyed they imagine that classic Sammy smile with a pure white fluffy coat. But the Samoyed can be White, White & Biscuit or Cream.
History: The Samoyed is a breed of large herding dog, from the spitz group, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. The name Samoyed comes from the Samoyede, a semi-nomadic people from Asia who migrated to Siberia a thousand years ago. They bred dogs for hard work in the coldest habitable places on earth. In the Siberian town of Oymyakon, for instance, temperatures of minus-60 degrees are common. The Samoyede people lived in tents and huddled for warmth with their dog packs during the Arctic nights. This type of human-canine cooperation for mutual survival forged a tight bond between Samoyeds and people. When not sledging heavy loads across vast expanses of Siberia, Samoyed dogs earned their feed as watchdogs and hunters. The Samoyede depended on reindeer as a vital source of food, fur, and leather. At first, they used their dogs to hunt reindeer. But in time Samoyede culture shifted from hunting reindeer to herding them. The bold white hunting dogs and haulers found a new role as stock dogs, moving and protecting the herds. In America, a sparkling white dog named Moustan of Argenteau made history in 1906 as the first of the breed (then known as the Samoyede) registered by the AKC. American and European mushers of the early 20th century knew the Samoyed as an enthusiastic hauler of supplies, capable of sledging one and a half times their own weight.
Origin: Russia, Siberia
Life span: 12 – 13 years
Weight: Female: 35–45 lbs (16–20 kg), Male: 45–66 lbs (20–30 kg)
Height: Female: 19–21 inches (48–53 cm), Male: 21–24 inches (53–60 cm)
Colors: White, White & Biscuit, Cream
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