Samoyed Breed Information
The Samoyed is an amazing breed, very similar in characteristics to that of a primitive dog while still possessing qualities that make it an excellent family pet.
Although used in artic region due to its ability to deal with cold, the Samoyed is also a good choice anywhere although a healthy environment is important. This particular breed has lots of energy so most importantly realize you would need to provide adequate exercise.
While the Samoyed makes an outstanding choice for a family pet or companion dog, this breed is not exceptionally good for guarding. However, the Samoyed has a great personality, which is wonderful for homes with children and/or other pets.
If you are thinking about brining a Samoyed into your home, keep in mind this breed can be somewhat stubborn so patience and scheduled training is essential.
This breed is happy and well-adjusted, loving to play, again especially with children. You will also discover the Samoyed being alert and protective although never aggressive. Overall, this breed is easy to maintain and a real pleasure to own.
Samoyed Size and Color
A Samoyed generally reaches between 21 and 23.5 inches at the withers for a male and between 19 and 21 inches for the female. For weight, the standard range is between 45 and 65 pounds with the female being slightly smaller.
Considered a medium-sized breed, the Samoyed is not overly large or small. The coat of the Samoyed comes in pure white, off-white, or a yellow/white color, all of them beautiful.
Samoyed Feeding and Grooming Requirements
Due to this breed’s distinct double-layer coat, body size, and even temperament, it is important that the Samoyed be put on a diet consisting of the right nutritional requirements. For starters, we recommend you choose food that contains nutrient sources that are similar to what would be found in the dog’s native environment for easier digestion and assimilation.
By providing this breed with the proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, you will have a healthy and happy dog. Now, you can find top quality commercial food on the market but choose wisely.
Another great option is to put your Samoyed on a diet of healthy, fresh foods to include lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with the exception of corn due to high allergy potential. With this, your dog will avoid issues such as flakey skin, yeast infections, and hot spots, among others.
For grooming a Samoyed, remember the dog has a double layer coat that sheds once in the spring and again in the fall. The top layer is long and coarse while the undercoat is much denser and soft. The nice thing is that while a Samoyed will shed somewhat during the year, a daily brushing will keep shedding problems to a minimal. In fact, this particular breed is great at grooming himself, making care for you much easier.
Samoyed Exercise Requirements
The Samoyed loves and needs exercise but prefers to do it with a family member. The best situation would be to provide your pet with a large, enclosed yard where he can roam. Just make sure you use a fence at least four feet tall to avoid problems with jumping.
This arctic dog is a working breed, meaning they not only love to exercise and play but they need a role. For instance, if you want a dog that you can play fetch with on occasion, then a Samoyed may not work.
Instead, you should work with the Samoyed on mushing, which is the work they do, associated with sledding. A great option is to create an exercise program that provides versatility.
For this, daily walks are great, along with hiking, backpacking, draft work, by actually hooking a wagon to the dog to pull, and then of course, a good training course. A happy Samoyed is one that feels he is contributing so adjust exercise accordingly.
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