ALL ABOUT™ SAMOYEDS
Samoyed Puppy & Breed Information
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The Samoyed evolved from Mongolia to Finland to the vast Arctic tundra. Samoyeds are a multi-talented canine companion bred true for centuries and one which has proven climate-adaptable from Antarctica to Australia. The Sammy’s beauty and joyful spirit, his famous “Sammy smile” set off by dark nose, lips and eyes insure an equally long and happy future.
Samoyed Coat, Color, Care: The dense, wooly undercoat is topped off with a long, straight, harsh, weatherproof white or biscuit colored top coat. Clipping is ill-advised so many owners consider it worthwhile to have him professionally bathed and groomed, especially in early Spring when Sammys become a virtual blizzard of hair.
Samoyed Personality: The breed is alert and intelligently outgoing, friendly but conservative, never shy or aggressive. Non-territorial, the Samoyed is not a guard dog. Eager to serve, Sammys get along well with other dogs, love to sing (howl) and always have something to say.
Exercise Requirements: The Samoyed was developed to watch over herds of reindeer and pull loads over great distances. He needs regular, daily exercise to stay mentally and physically fit. Bicycle jogging, summer carts and winter sleds for sheer fun and healthy exercise are popular with owners. A Samoyed deprived of regular exercise is likely to become frustrated, given to barking, licking, and chewing.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with fast growing breeds (like Samoyeds) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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