Samoyed

Samoyed

ORIGIN

The Samoyed is a breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. Recent DNA analysis of the breed has led to the Samoyed’s being included amongst the fourteen most ancient dog breeds, along with Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, the Chow Chow, and 10 others of a diverse geographic background. The Samoyeds have been bred and trained for at least 3,000 years.

TEMPERAMENT

Samoyeds’ friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; an aggressive Samoyed is rare. With their tendency to bark, however, they can be diligent watch dogs. They will instinctively act as herd dogs, and when playing, especially with children, they will often attempt to turn and move them in a different direction. Samoyeds are excellent companions, especially for small children or even other dogs, and they remain playful into old age.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average to considerable. With their sled dog heritage, a Samoyed is not averse to pulling things, and an untrained Samoyed has no problem pulling its owner on a leash rather than walking alongside.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 51–56 cm (M) and 46–51 cm (F) / From18 kg (F) to 23 kg (M)

COAT

Dense, double layer coat. The topcoat contains long, coarse, and straight guard hairs, which appear white but have a hint of silver coloring. The under layer, or undercoat, consists of a dense, soft, and short fur that keeps the dog warm. The undercoat typically sheds heavily once or twice a year, and this seasonal process is sometimes referred to as “blowing coat”.

COLOR

White with a hint of silver coloring..

GROOMING

Considerable.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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