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Beloved gentle dog of the Samoyed people, the Samoyed dog is known for an exceptional non-aggressive temperament and exquisite Spitz outline with unparalleled snow white coat.  That coat requires a level of care that quells the enthusiasm of many potential homes.  Even so, the breed enjoys a devoted following and does prefer a cooler environment (whether in the North or courtesy of AC).

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General Information
Group(s): WorkingDraft Height: 18-22 inches
Weight: 38-60 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: white Coat type: short thick and very dense undercoat covered with a lush, straight, thick longer coat that stands staight out from the body, smooth over face and feet.
Recognized Registries: FCI, TKC, ANKC, AKC, CKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Striking Spitz type dog with characteristic short body, prick ears and foxy expression and tail over the back. Dark pigment (eyes, nose, lips) contrast sharply with the lustrous, profuse white coat.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to very high
General Nature: Extremely gentle and genial, happy, lively, intelligent, very high desire to please
  with Children: Exceptional unless mishandled, children should be supervised and well behaved
  with other pets: Generally very good.
  with dogs: Generally exceptional.
Socialization requirements: moderate: the Sammy deserves every advantage to be a happy friendly dog even tho their nature generally encourages it
Ideal home characteristics: One that accomodates the grooming needs while recognizing the great treasure they have in such a gentle, happy companion.
Temperament Notes: Their smiling expression is indicative of their general attitude. Usually love everyone.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners but really intended and more than capable of much more!
Trainer notes: A happy worker, the Samoyed is well equipped for most any venture a trainer might envision.  Of course, with their lively and friendly nature, it's easy for a new friend to tempt them away from the job at hand, so patience and a good sense of humor are requisites as you work through these challenges.  Additionally, being developed as a breed for a nomadic people, the Samoyed tends to have rather minimal ties to home.  If allowed, the Samoyed will roam significant distances and their recall can be a challenge if not introduced properly, early and consistently.  Extremely intelligent but does require this work or whenever the dog is off-lead, they will be gone!  While this may be true of many or even most dogs, it is especially true of virtually all Samoyeds unless well trained.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s, but certainly the companion of the Samoyed people for hundreds of years prior to that.
Country of Origin: Siberia (northeast, home of the Samoyed tribe)
Original Function: herding, guardian, draft
History: As the companion to the gentle Samoyed people, the Sammy developed into an all around companion and help mate. The lead dog of the team to first arrive at the North Pole (1911) was a Sammy. Arctic expeditions served to expose the Samoyed to the world.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: eye problems, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand's Disease, hip dysplasia
Health Testing: vWD test, CERF, Thyroid Panel, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Samoyeds?
  • Why do you have Samoyeds (show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Samoyed?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Samoyed?
  • How would you describe the ideal Samoyed home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Samoyed?
  • How do you assist or help Samoyeds in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - National Samoyed Rescue - San Francisco Samoyed Rescue - Samoyed Rescue Alliance - Central Ohio Samoyed Rescue - Denver Samoyed Rescue - Wisconsin Samoyed Rescue - Southern California Samoyed Rescue - Michigan Samoyed Rescue - Mid-Atlantic Samoyed Rescue - Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance - Samoyed Club of Central Arizona Rescue - North Texas Samoyed Rescue - Florida Samoyed Rescue - Minuteman Samoyed Club Rescue (NY & New England) - Samoyed Club of Washington State Rescue - Samoyed Rescue of Minneasota - Samoyed Rescue Coalition of the Western US - Samoyed Rescue of Nevada

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:  - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK) for the Samoyed - Standard as per the Samoyed Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: - Samoyed Club of America Code of Ethics - Samoyed Association of Canada Code of Ethics - Samoyed Club of Austin (TX) Code of Ethics - National Samoyed Rescue Code of Ethics

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