If you’re looking for a happy canine, there’s only one breed to keep in mind: Samoyed dogs! Not only do they have a happy, friendly disposition, but they also tend to have a smile plastered on their faces. No wonder they’re also called the Smiling Sammies. Find out what makes them even more lovable and how you can give them the best home.
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Samoyed Dog Personality
With their thick double coats, size, and weight, it’s easy to feel intimidated by Samoyed dogs. However, that just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. These canines from Siberia are some of the friendliest and most affectionate dogs you’ll ever meet.
So what is the Samoyed temperament? They love being around people, although many form the strongest bond with one person in the house. This could be because their ancestors spent a lot of time with the nomadic Samoyedes. They tracked, pulled their sleds, herded reindeer, and even kept their humans – including children – warm from the cold by sleeping on top of them.
The Samoyed dogs are also a fur ball of boundless energy. They love to play (and sometimes jump around people), which makes them fit for equally playful and hyper children. Note, though, they can play rough and knock over small children. Supervision is still advised.
If you have smaller animals like cats, it’s best to monitor their socialization. Due to their hunting instincts, they can think of these small creatures as prey and run after them. A leash will be helpful if they’re out for a walk.
With their need for strong companionship (their ancestors also traveled as a pack) and innate energy, you should not leave the Samoyed dogs by themselves, whether inside the house or the yard for a very long time. Otherwise, they can be destructive, including digging your yard. They may not be suitable for apartments or small enclosed dwellings because of their size, energy, and barking. If you are looking for a suitable dog breed for apartment-living, here are some good options instead.
The Samoyed dogs are very easy to train and obedient, although they can also have a stubborn streak. In fact, you can let them compete in obstacle courses to burn off extra energy. They are loyal too, although they don’t make excellent guard dogs. They are better off as watchers with their loud barks and howling sounds.
Size & Color
Bred to be herding or working dogs, the Samoyed dogs are medium-large breeds. The Samoyed size is about 22 inches at the withers for males and 20 inches for females. They can also be heavyweights. Male pups can mature to be 65-pound canines. The females, on the other hand, can weigh significantly less at 50 pounds. When they are born, they can weigh about 8 ounces.
You can find Samoyed dogs that are yellow, but they are mostly white, cream, or biscuit. Their biscuit color is off-white, darker than a pure white. Some of them can have silver tips on their white coats.
Samoyed dogs are generally healthy, but they are still prone to the following conditions:
- Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy — Glomerulopathy is an X-linked disease passed on by mothers to their children. It affects the nephrons of the kidneys. These are tubules that form the basic structure of the kidneys. Without them, the body cannot produce urine and, therefore, get rid of the toxic wastes and control the level of sodium and water. This hereditary nephritis can occur in both males and females, but it can be more serious among the former. There’s no cure, but veterinarians can help with the management to slow down the progression of the disease.
- Diabetes Mellitus — Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by the presence of high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The dog, therefore, is not able to utilize the source of energy well. The presence of too much sugar also increases the risk of complications, such as cataracts and kidney dysfunction. Among the Samoyed dogs, this can be linked to genetics.
- Dysplasia — Dysplasia refers to the abnormality of the development of joints. Samoyed dogs are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia. This is because of their size and their tendency to gain a lot of weight, putting more pressure on these affected areas. When left unmanaged, they can lead to limping, lameness of the legs, or arthritis. This condition can also be painful and uncomfortable for the dogs.
- Cataracts — Most dogs are prone to a variety of eye-related diseases. With the Samoyed dogs, one of these is cataracts. This disease is characterized by the clouding of the natural lens. It can affect one or both eyes, and it can lead to blindness when not treated with surgery. The condition may also develop as a complication of diabetes.
- Hypothyroidism — Hypothyroidism is a metabolic disease in which the thyroid glands does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which can slow down the dog’s metabolism. One of the most common types of hypothyroidism is autoimmune thyroiditis, where the body’s immune system attacks and damages the thyroid glands.
With lots of love, regular visits to the vet, and quality nutrition, the Samoyed dogs can live a happy, active life for the next 12 to 13 years. They have almost the same longevity as the Siberian Huskies and can outlive the Akita and the Alaskan Malamute.
When it comes to exercise, the adult canines require an average of 20 to 40 minutes of vigorous walking each day. They also need stimulation from time to time, so you may want to trade those walks with a play in an obstacle course or a run around the yard.
Food & Diet
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Despite their size, the Samoyed dogs are not hearty eaters. This may be because their lineage didn’t have ready access to food. However, they may still have to be fed between 3 and 5 cups divided into two meals each day.
You need to balance their intake of protein and fat, giving them more of the former than the latter to control their weight. The puppies usually do not eat as much as the other medium-large breeds, so you need to entice them with more flavored protein, such as bacon.
They require constant access to fresh water. Since they cannot tolerate hot weather very well, you can give them ice cubes in addition to water.
- Brush at least once or twice a week, daily if shedding
- Trim nails at least once a month
- Bathe once every 2 months or when necessary
- Clean ears once a week
- Brush teeth at least once a week
Although they can clean themselves like cats, grooming can be a chore with Samoyed dogs. Not only are they big, but they also have a double layer of coats. The topmost is coarser as a way of resisting the effects of the harsh cold weather. The coats can get matted and tangled, so you need to brush them at least once a week. The breed also sheds significantly more twice a year, so one of the best Samoyed shedding tips is to brush their coats every day.
Fortunately, you don’t need to bathe them often. As long as they’re healthy, they don’t emit an offensive odor. Unless they happen to roll in the mud, you can schedule bathing every two months.
Once a month, check the growth of their nails. Long ones can prevent them from being able to walk properly. If they are not worn down, you need to trim them. Checking and cleaning the ears once a week is easy, since theirs are upright.
Price Of A Samoyed Puppy
Samoyed dogs can be expensive. The typical Samoyed price in the United States is roughly $600 to $1,500. If the puppies have AKC and health certificates, as well as having already been trained by the Samoyed puppy breeders, they can cost you more. If you want to spend less, you can get an older dog or look for rescues.
The Samoyed dogs are some of the oldest breeds in the world, believed to have been around for more than 3,000 years. They belong to the Spitz family and came from the Siberian Laika. The dogs grew up in Siberia in Russia, where the Samoyedic peoples used them for herding reindeer, pulling carts, and sledding. They didn’t tire very quickly, so they could travel long distances. Because of their thick coats, the nomads also used the dog to keep them warm. They developed a strong bond with the canines and treated them as family members.
Seeing these characteristics, European and American explorers to the North Pole sought to use Samoyeds as well, but only a few were able to survive the expedition. Those who did, bred. The dogs that eventually arrived in the United States could have been part of the litter.
The Samoyed dogs arrived in England in the nineteenth century, and one of the pioneering owners was none other than Queen Alexandra, who received a pup as a present. She fell in love with the dog, and most of the Samoyeds in England that came after descended from her Samoyed.
Rex the Blizzard King earned his moniker for participating in daring rescue missions in the Sierra Nevada, as well as guiding a sled team to an avalanche in Donner Pass. He is one of the strongest dogs in the world, having pulled almost 1,900 pounds.
Grooming Samoyed dogs can be intense! You better watch this video to get an idea (hint: it involves a lot of hair):
Aren’t the Samoyed dogs gentle canine giants? While grooming them can be a pain and they may force you to exercise them, these are a small price to pay for the love, devotion, and fun they can bring to your life.
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