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BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION

Samoyed
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Breed Registries:


Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Origin:

Northern Russia and Siberia

Height:

Males — 21 to 23 1/2 inches (53-60 cm) at the withers.
Females — 19 to 21 1/2 inches (48 to 55 cm) at the withers.

Breed Profile:

The Samoyed is a member of the Spitz family and was bred by nomadic Samoyede tribes in northeast Siberia. A fine example of an ancient working dog, the breed is valued for its versatility as a sled, herding, guard and companion dog. The first dog to set paw on the South Pole was a Samoyed — the lead dog of Roald Amundsen's team in 1911.

Today's Sams are still seen as sled, herding and watch dogs but also often seen in the Show ring, in Obedience, Skijoring and Agility competitions, and their gentle and friendly nature means that they make wonderful Therapy Dogs.

The breed has an almost uncanny human understanding. He is quick-witted, inquisitive and mischievous, and will remain playful well into old age. With his intelligent, sparkling eyes and ever present "Sammy smile", he is truly a gentle and companionable dog, independent yet loyal and devoted to his family members.

The Samoyed's glistening coat has a harsh, straight outer coat growing through a thick, close, soft and short undercoat. The colour most often seen is pure, sparkling white but cream, biscuit, or white and biscuit may also be seen. The Sam's appearance gives an impression of power, endurance, dignity, self-confidence and elegance.


Health Issues

Generally a healthy breed, the Samoyed, like most medium and large breeds, can be susceptible to Hip Dysplasia. In addition, there may be a predisposition to Hypothyroidism as well as Von Willebrand's Disease and Glaucoma.

If you are considering the adoption of a Samoyed puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Samoyed's beautiful coat requires considerable grooming to prevent matting.

  • Grooming... Your Samoyed
  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
Choose from a wide variety of items from Dogwise.com

Additional Information

  • The SaMoyed in Depth — The Samoyed Club of America
  • The Organization for the Working Samoyed — The OWS is an international organization of Samoyed owners interested in working their dogs.
  • Samoyed: The Versatile Beauty
  • Snow Dog Comparison A comparison chart between the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and Samoyed.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
  • Discussion Groups/Forums:
    • Samoyed_Canada — Primarily for Canadian Samoyed owners and breeders, and also provides an avenue for Samoyed enthusiasts to stay informed on what's happening across Canada.
    • SAMFANS dl — Samoyed Fanciers Discussion List

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More