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Here you'll find a range of general information relating to this special breed sometimes called Smiley Sammies, Sams, or Samoieda.
Origins of the Samoyed breed
The Samoyed originated in northern Russia and were named after the tribe with whom they lived very closely.
They were primarily used to herd, and guard reindeer but would also be used for sledding excursions as well.
The tribespeople would often bring them into their tents with them for warmth and as a result of generations of close contact with people, the friendly, people-loving nature of the modern Samoyed we know now was created.
Why do people love Samoyeds?
It's hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy the company of dogs. But Samoyeds are one of those special breeds which just go straight for the heart.
Their outrageously fluffy white coat, the curly tail, and of course their permanent smile which the breed is so famous for.
If you go into a busy place you won't be able to walk very far without someone stopping you and asking to pat your furry little buddy.
Samoyed Physical Characteristics
The Samoyed is a medium sized dog with adults weighing between 17-25kg for females, and 20-32kg for males. It will range in size from 48-53cm for females, and 53-60cm for males.
Their key characteristics are their curled over tail, fluffy white double coat, hazel eyes, velvety ears, and that winning Sammy smile caused by slightly upturned edges of the mouth.
Let's just say that a Samoyed's personality is just as big as their beautiful fluffy coat!
Sammies are cheeky, friendly, stubborn, and just all round great fun for everyone. Take a look at this compilation of videos and you'll see for yourself!
The Samoyed's Coat
Their coat requires attention to look its best, and to ensure your Sam is happy and comfortable but not as much as you might think.
Of course if you want him to look like an award winning show dog year round it'll require a lot more attention, but if you just want to have him look nice, and minimise shedding around your home it's actually not as much work as you'd think.
As a general rule a few minutes of brushing each day will keep his coat cleaner between baths, remove a lot of fur before it sheds all over your clothes and furniture, and allow fresh air to get to his skin so he can keep cool.
For a more comprehensive guide to grooming your Samoyed, click here.
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Is a Samoyed suitable for your home?
It's important to know if your living environment is suitable for a Samoyed before you commit to owning one becuase there are a range of undesirable side-effects caused by inappropriate living conditions. Here are a few things to consider right off the bat.
1. Are you living in an apartment?
Samoyeds are capable of living in an apartment however they are a highly active breed and require daily exercise at the best of times. The means that if you're hoping for your Samoyed to stay quietly sleeping inside the house while you're at work, you'll need to be absolutely committed to ensuring that he is very tired from exercising before you go to work.
If you don't then you can bet that he'll find ways to amuse himself and burn up excess energy while you're gone. Typically by destroying things you care about like furniture, carpet, clothes, or pretty much anything he can get at to relieve the boredom.
2. How big is your backyard?
Is your backyard big and expansive? Or is it small and confined? As we mentioned above a Samoyed will need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation if you don't want them to destroy your home while you're away. Plants, grass, fencing will all become targets for digging, ripping up, scratching and chewing. So if your home only has a small backyard then make sure you have a solid plan for going for long walks or runs on a daily basis so that he isn't full of energy all day long.
3. Do your neighbours live close by?
Samoyeds are a vocal breed and great at producing a high-pitched, piercing bark which will go through walls and windows of your neighbours' home. If you're living in an apartment or a regular house with houses which are close to the fence line on your property, then they will hear every sound your dog makes.
Once again they're most likely to make a racket if they're bored and have too much energy, however like many arctic breeds they generally quite vocal so it may be possible for your Sammie to bark no matter what you do.
4. Do you have children?
Samoyed's are generally regarded as being great with children, so long as they understand that the children are higher up in the pecking order than they are. If they don't know this then they may try to dominate small children, thinking that they are animals which need to be herded (an instinctive activity from their raindeer herding days in Russia).
It would never be recommended to leave your dog unattended with any small children no matter how much you trust them, however in general Samoyeds are great companions for families with kids.
5. Do you have other pets?
Their friendly disposition and social nature means that a Samoyed will generally get along with most other animals like cats however you should closely monitor their interactions to ensure that understand that your other pets are not prey to be hunted and eaten.\
Sammies are known for their happy and playful personality, but also a very gentle and sweet nature.
They are great with kids when it comes to playing, but can also sit and be a calm companion.
They love being part of the family and expect to be wherever you are most of the time.
Samoyed Health Issues
As with many pure breeds there is the risk of health issues caused by the restricted genetics of the animal. Although this can be minimised greatly by using only reputable breeders, it's important to know health issues the breed is most likely to develop.
Samoyed hereditary glomerulopathy and Hip Displasia are one of the most common issues of concern with Samoyeds, and reputable breeders will go to great lengths to ensure the genetics of their litters reduce the risk of occurrence.
With such good looks and personality to match it's no wonder Samoyeds are featured in many TV ads, movies, and music video clips. Check out the famous Samoyeds page for more.
Where to buy a Samoyed
If you're confident that you are capable of giving a Samoyed a good quality life and fully embracing all aspects of the breed into your life then you'll probably want to locate a breeder. However keep in mind that there are plenty of Samoyeds who, through no fault of their own are in need of a good home with someone to love them. So please strongly consider finding a Samoyed adoption or rescue centre in your local area.