There’s no feeling quite like playing with your dog and seeing he or she flourish in your happy family. Dogs are friends, companions and partners who see us through the day and make life worth living. A breed that’s always fascinated me is a Samoyed. This cuddly canine can be recognised by fluffy white fur and a smiling face. Originally bred to haul sledges and heard reindeer, Samoyeds take their name from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. The breed is a wonderful addition to any home because of their friendly disposition and loyalty.
Males grow to between 51-56cm while females are slightly smaller at 46-51cm. The true spirit of Samoyeds lie in their robustness, making great companions for children as they remain playful into old age. Their lack of aggression makes them poor guard dogs but they’re suitable watch dogs due to their barking. Coming from a sled dog heritage Samoyeds are known to pull things, so they won’t hesitate to pull their owners on a leash if not properly trained.
Due to their herding mentality the breed requires lots of exercise, but not to the point of overexertion. Samoyed puppies may be energetic and environmental factors might put strain on their muscles, such as slippery wooden floors. Be sure to avoid that by helping them move on comfortable surfaces and prevent them from leaping on everything in sight.
When it comes to feeding Samoyeds aren’t hearty eaters. Pups can be encouraged with meat juices or bacon grease mixed into their food. It’s important not to let an adult Samoyed become fat as he or she will live a longer and happier life.
One of the biggest challenges of owning a Samoyed is their tendency to shed. Brushing helps to remove soil from the coat and can be kept clean for several weeks by washing their feet every time they’ve been outside. Your Samoyed should be bathed in lukewarm water at least twice a year, preferably after their coat has been combed. This not only removes dead hair but stimulates the skin for new hair growth.
Further grooming tips include trimming your dog’s toenails every three weeks, focusing on the hair between the pads. Long hair on the pads will make them have poor footing so that can be avoided through keeping an even trim.
The lifespan of a Samoyed is between 12-13 years and they suffer from health issues like any other breed. A specific illness is Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy, a disease that damages the kidneys. Males usually have more severe symptoms than females and it’s found in both sexes from the age of three months. Other illnesses are hip dysplasia and diabetes that occurs in middle age Samoyeds.
Organisations that are helping the breed include The Samoyed Association Rescue, a UK based charity that help with rehoming. TSAR is devoted to making sure each Samoyed is placed with a loving family and you’ll be able to donate money based on the age of a particular dog. Another charity is The British Samoyed Club that hosts shows and membership for lovers of the breed.
Samoyeds are magnificent dogs who will provide any family with lots of affection and happy memories. Potential owners should be aware of grooming costs but such an adorable and robust animal will fill your home with love.