|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Samoyed Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0409 549 014|
Background Medium sized white dog with the "smiling" face, the Samoyed was brought out of Siberia at the end of the last century and the early part of this century to pull sledges on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. These valiant dogs endured terrible hardships serving man in his quest for the poles, with only a few returning. The Samoyed was originally used to hunt and herd reindeer, and to haul sledges for the Samoyed people in north-western Siberia. The Samoyed tribesmen were peaceful nomads who demonstrated extraordinary love for their beautiful dogs and treated them as members of the family. Thus their dogs developed a love and understanding of humankind and an unfailing sense of trust and loyalty that is retained in the breed to this day.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Samoyeds live from 10 to 12 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Despite its arctic heritage, the Samoyed has adapted well to warmer climates. It can sleep outside, although it certainly prefers to sleep inside, and needs to spend a significant part of each day being a loved part of the family at the centre of everything you do. Samoyed fanciers find this zealous participation in the whole of their lives to be the breed’s greatest asset. A Samoyed is an active dog, being inquisitive, quick-witted and mischievous and remaining playful through old age. With a twinkle in its dark, intelligent eyes and the ever present "Samoyed smile", it is truly a dog with Christmas in its heart the whole year round. The dogs’ gentle, companionable nature and exceptional intelligence demand the love and loyalty of its owner, which it will return a hundred-fold. Both sexes are loving and friendly with a wonderful temperament.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent if brought up around other animals. If you purchase an adult, please let the breeder know what pets you have at home and check if the dog is suitable to go into that environment.
Care Requirements The breed’s magnificent white coat has two layers, a dense, woolly undercoat that is typically shed once a year, and a silver-tipped harsh outer coat of long, straight guard hairs. Grooming this lovely coat can be a pleasure, or a chore for both dog and owner. Bitches, unless spayed, will come into season at least once a year (twice more likely) and will lose their coat a couple of months after each season. Dogs tend to have a more dominant personality and will benefit from training earlier rather than later, as they will need a firmer hand than a bitch.
Please Take Note A family with very young children should consider a bitch, whereas a dog is likely to be more suited to the rough and tumble of older children and teenagers. As a rule Samoyed are very tolerant of young children, however youngsters should not be left unsupervised with a boisterous puppy or young dog, (in fact, any age dog, if the child is very young).
Ideal Owner/s Only those prepared to do the regular grooming required for this breed.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Samoyed and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.