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Description: The Samoyed stands 19 to 23.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs around 45
and 65 pounds.  In addition, this dog has a strong medium-size body that is poised and
athletic and a face that seems to have a permanent smile.  His undercoat is a white/ off-
white thick color.  It is very soft  and warming; the harder, straight outer coat grows through
the undercoat.  This dog shed all throughout the year, especially in early summer.  Grooming
such as regular brushing and combing is needed.  If this breed is left on the outside, his coat
may become matted and begin to smell.  

About the breed:  This is a very tough dog is smart, alert, and a very independent dog.  
Although this type of dog is an obedient and friendly, it can be a great challenge to train.  
Dogs of this breed tend to have a very sassy, impetuous side to his personality that is
charming yet bothersome.  He is by nature a dominant, controlling breed that can become
very pushy and if it doesn’t receive good leadership. Training can be a challenge due to his
independent, stubborn nature.  So you must begin early and must be firm and unwavering.  
The Samoyed will defy surrendering control and is able to show hostility toward his owners,
especially if they have been very lenient.  Establishing dominance is an important factor of
owning a Samoyed.  If this dog is spoiled, it will increase the chances of dominance hostility.  
Also, this dog is capable of taking over as the leader of the pack, using bites, barking, and
tantrums to get the “upper paw” – in other words, the upper hand.  The most challenging
command to teach this breed is the “Come.”  So, handling must happen on a daily basis so as
to facilitate problem-free grooming.  If you take too much time, this type of dog will learn to
be intolerant of brushing and may even bite you.  The Samoyed can be a great watchdog and
barks more than most breeds, often to the point of annoyance.  This dog will bark, dig, and
become a matted mess if he’s left outside all day.  This type of dog breed needs exercise
every day or he may become restless, destructive, and loud.  He is vulnerable to hip
dysplasia and does not work well in warm climates.

Feeding: The recommended feeding for the Samoyed is 1 ½ – 2 ½ cans (13.3oz) of a quality
meat product with an added biscuit or 5 cupfuls of a complete dry food.

Ideal home: This type of dog breed enjoys playing in the snow and is happiest in wide, open
spaces.  A house with a fenced yard is vital.  The owner of a Samoyed should be an active,
strong, dominant leader and must like a breed that is smart and a challenge.  You must be
willing to train, socialize, and groom the dog every day.  If you’re a passive person – you will
have control problems with this breed.  This can result in having a dominant, pushy dog that
won’t hesitate to bite friends or family.  This breed is not recommended for those with young
kids.  Older kids should not be allowed to be rough or play chase games with this type of
dog.  In addition, they should be capable of working with the dog in obedience.  Elderly and
disabled people may have problems establishing dominance over this type of dog and should
consider one only if they are physically able to train, exercise, and grooming daily.

Article written by Christine Hill of
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Samoyed
by Christine Hill

The History and origin: An ancient Siberian
breed, referred to as the Samoyed is a
handsome Spitz-type that takes his name
from the Siberian tribe of the Samoyedes.  
This dog was used by the nomadic peoples
of the same name as the breed to protect
herds of reindeer and as a sled dog.  This
tough breed has stayed relatively pure for
hundreds of years.

Description: The Samoyed stands 19 to 23.5
inches at the shoulder and weighs around
45 and 65 pounds.  In addition, this dog has
a strong medium-size body that is poised
and athletic and a face that seems to have a
permanent smile.  His undercoat is a white/
off-white thick color.  It is very soft  and
warming; the harder, straight outer coat
grows through the undercoat.  This dog shed
all throughout the year, especially in early
summer.  Grooming such as regular brushing
and combing is needed.  If this breed is left
on the outside, his coat may become matted
and begin to smell.