The Samoyed is a high energy dog that likes the outdoors. They are designed for cooler climates and need plenty of grooming care to look good. They love their human family and tend to favor one person. They may have trouble with other pets so they need early socialization.
They generally love older children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. *Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Samoyed is 21 to 23.5 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 45 to 65 pounds.
The female ranges from 19 to 21 inches to the withers and 35 to 50 pounds. *Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Samoyed is no exception.
Be on the look out for eye problems, skin disease, diabetes and Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness). This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list. She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up.
As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets. *Grooming.
The Samoyed has a double coat. They shed heavy, seasonally. They need frequent brushing to help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease.
Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease. Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. *Life Span. The Samoyed can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions. *History.
The Samoyed came from Russia where they were used as a guard dog and a herding dog for reindeer. They are also used as sled dogs. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1906. Some Registries: * Samoyed Club of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry Litter Size: 5 to 9 Samoyed puppies Category: Working Terms To Describe: Eager, active, adaptable, intelligent, loyal, gentle, alert, beauty, strength, grace, dignity, *SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Good watch dog.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS Poor guard dog. Can be willful. Need to be obedience trained.
Tend to bark. *Other Names Known By: Samoyedskaja *Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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