[half]Puppies of all breeds are cute and hard to resist but remember they may grow into something that is not right for you, therefore it is imperative that you do detailed research on the breeds that interest you. Not only should you read everything pertaining to the breed it is also highly recomended that you speak with quality breeders who have lived with the breed for years. Another excellent option is to attend any dog shows in your area and interact with the breed in person while speaking with breeders/owners that are present. Remember there is a breed for everyone and a dog is for life so make sure you find your perfect four legged family member the first time.

Below you will find excerpts from the education section of the Samoyed Club of America. I have also included various other informative links to help anyone along on their research.

AN INTRO
The correct pronunciation of the breed’s name is SAM-A-YED, with the accent on the last syllable. The Samoyede peoples of Northern Siberia’s name was pronounced Sama-yedya. The English, and then the Americans dropped the last “e” from Samoyede, hoping to simplify the name, but ignoring the predispositions toward dipthongs. The dogs are also affectionately known as ‘Sammies’.

HISTORY & ORIGINS
Hardy, vibrant and even-tempered, the Samoyed was originally used to hunt, herd reindeer, and haul sledges for the Samoyede people they served in northwestern Siberia. The Samoyede tribesmen were peaceful nomads, who manifested extraordinary love for their beautiful dogs, treating them as members of the family. Thus their dogs developed a love and understanding of humankind and an unfailing sense of trust and loyalty which is retained in the breed to this day. They remain the delightful playmates and faithful protectors of children.

Samoyeds were brought out of Siberia at the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century to pull sledges on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. These valiant dogs endured terrible hardships serving man in his quest for the poles. Only a few returned. Clearly, no toy or miniature version of the Samoyed breed could have performed those tasks. Only one breed is the powerful, gentle, magnificent Samoyed- a true working dog.

CHARACTERISTICS & PERSONALITY
The Samoyed is a fine example of an ancient working dog. His eye-arresting beauty and gentle, companionable nature, coupled with his unusual intelligence, demand the love and loyalty of his owner, which he will return a hundred-fold.

Samoyeds are active dogs. They are inquisitive, quick-witted, and mischievous, remaining playful through old age. With a twinkle in their dark, intelligent eyes and their ever present “Samoyed smile”, they are truly dogs with Christmas in their hearts the whole year long.

Samoyeds are not a breed suitable for solitary confinement in the back yard. Left without personal attention and canine companionship, a Samoyed is likely to become a miserable, destructive problem dog. With love and nurturing, he will enrich his owners’ lives.

The herding instinct is very strong. He will take off after a rabbit despite your command to stay. Accept him for what he is, he will need a fenced-in yard. If you want a dog who will stay on your porch, who will not stray, this is not your breed. If you are willing to give your time and love, you will receive the greatest treasure a dog lover could own, being owned by a Sammy.

SIZE & COAT
The recommended size for a male Samoyed is 21″ to 23-1/2″ at the tip of the shoulder blade (withers), and for a female 19″ to 21″. A male in this height range weighs from 45 to 65 pounds and a female from 35 to 50 pounds.

His magnificent white, cream, or biscuit coat has two layers- a dense, wooly undercoat which is typically shed out once a year and a silver-tipped harsh outercoat of long, straight guard hairs. Grooming this lovely coat can be a pleasure or a chore for both dog and human.[/half]

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DID YOU KNOW?

Of all modern breeds, the Samoyed is most nearly akin to the primitive dog – no admixture of wolf or fox runs in the Samoyed strain.

The Arctic suns and snows have bleached the harsh stand-off coat and tipped the hairs with an icy sheen.

Named for the Samoyed people, primitives of the family of Sayantsi, described as a race in the “transition stages between the Mongol pure and the Finn.” The Samoyeds comprised a nomadic tribe that traveled from Iran to the vast stretches of tundra reaching from the White Sea to the Yenisei River.

The Samoyed has been used for generations as a constant companion dog and guard for reindeer.

Queen Alexandra was an ardent Samoyed fancier, and descendants of her dogs appear in many English and American kennels today.

Samoyeds accompanied Roald Amundsen in his successful landmark reach of the South Pole in 1911.

 

RESOURCES
The American Kennel Club
The Samoyed Club of America
SCA Educational Section
Organization for the Working Samoyed
SCA Foundation
Samoyed Rescue Alliance
Samoyed Rescue
Various other links

 
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