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Samoyed


General Information - Samoyed


Group:
Utility

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
low

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Russia (Siberia)

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Samoyedskaya Original

Original Function:
Herding reindeer, guardian, draft



History

The Samoyed comes from the northeastern regions of Siberia where a nomadic tribe called Samoyedes lived; hence, the breed's name. The dogs, descended from the Spitz family, were used to protect and drive the herds of reindeer from one place to another as the tribe travelled. They were also used as freight and pack dogs. It wasn't until the late 1800's that a fur-trader discovered the breed and brought some back to England in 1889. Development of the breed took place shortly thereafter, and the breed's popularity grew. Although the "Sammy" may be hard to housebreak at times, it makes an excellent family companion in the city or country, but thrives mostly outdoors.

Temperament

Known as the smiling dog, this breed is dependable and happy and loves nothing more than to play in the snow. This friendly and loyal dog loves the company of children. Samoyeds work best in teams and are much too friendly to be watchdogs, though they enjoy barking.

Upkeep

The Samoyed is active and needs a good workout every day, either in the form of a long walk or jog or a vigorous play session. It likes to pull and herd, and it loves cold weather. It can live outdoors in temperate to cold climates, but it much prefers to live indoors with its human family. Its thick coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week, daily when shedding.