Samoyed information

The Samoyed breed was named after the Samoyedic people of Siberia. Samoyeds were trained to guard livestock, pull sleighs and to hunt animals. Samoyeds were welcomed in shelters as they were said to warm up the atmosphere with their body heat. In the 1880's, a British zoologist, Ernest Kilburn-Scott, contributed to the introduction of the Samoyed breed in England by bringing back a white Samoyed puppy from one of his expeditions in Siberia. The Samoyed he brought back was admired by cynophiles for his pure white coat, amiability and elegance.

Samoyed characteristics

A Samoyed measures between 18 to 22 inches and weighs between 23 to 30 kilos. His white long-haired coat protects him from the extreme weather conditions of Siberia. One of the main physical attributes of the Samoyed is his long curled tail.

Samoyed grooming

The coat of the Samoyed does not require too much maintenance. It is recommended to brush and comb the hair regularly and to give special attention to the hair behind the ears as tangles can easily form in this area. The hair of the Samoyed does not retain dirt therefore, the dog should be bathed only when necessary. When bathing your dog, it is recommended to use adequate dog shampoo and to dry the dog's hair properly.

Samoyed temperament

The Samoyed is a good and faithful companion. He enjoys particularly being around children. The Samoyed is very confident around humans and is, by nature, very friendly. This particular character trait makes him unsuitable as a guard dog.

Samoyeds are very sociable dogs who do not like to be left alone. When possible, they will enjoy the company of another dog.

Samoyed training

Samoyeds require gentle but firm training. Before bringing your Samoyed puppy home, it is important to establish rules and boundaries so that your puppy understands the hierarchy of the household. Samoyed are intelligent but can take more time to obey the rules than other dog breeds, therefore patience is a must. Like most dog breeds, Samoyeds, respond well to positive training.

The Samoyed is a very active dog breed who requires a fair amount of exercise. Giving the adequate level of exercise for your dog will help in preventing destructive tendencies occuring, such as chewing furniture or excessive barking. In doing so, this will help you form a stronger bond with your dog.

Samoyed food habits

The Samoyed should be fed with a high quality aliment to remain in good health. It is important to control the diet of the Samoyed as overfeeding him will affect his health.

Samoyed health

With a life expectancy of about 12 years, the Samoyed is a healthy dog breed. However, there have been a few cases of hip dysplasia reported within the breed.