Samoyed

Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night. A working breed, the Samoyed can be strong-willed at times, but above all they remain friendly, gentle, and devoted family dogs.

A fluffy Samoyed

Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night. A working breed, the Samoyed can be strong-willed at times, but above all they remain friendly, gentle, and devoted family dogs.

It’s known as the “Sammy smile,” the slight, but discernible, upturned corners of the Samoyed’s mouth. This is a happy, good-natured dog with a glass half-full attitude toward life and the people he lives with.

The Samoyed’s fondness for humans probably stems from his close association with the Samoyede (now know as the Nenetsky) people who bred and raised him thousands of years ago on the Taimyr Peninsula of Siberia. The dogs pulled sleds, herded reindeer, hunted game, and protected the Samoyede against predators. The dogs also lived with the people, played with the children (which he still enjoys), and helped keep them warm in the cold climate.

Samoyed and puppy

To this day, the Samoyed’s reputation as an intelligent, dignified, family dog is well deserved. He often chooses to dote on one special person in the household, but he is affectionate with everyone in the pack. Happiest when he is part of family life, this breed needs to be with people. In fact, leaving a Samoyed alone too much is the best way to make him miserable.

Along with his smile, the Sammy’s defining trait is his ultra-thick white coat. In the winter months, it’s so dense you can barely see his skin underneath — which means heavy shedding in the spring. And believe it or not, Samoyed “wool” is a favorite of weavers; the wool is carded, spun, and woven or knitted into warm, beautiful clothing.

One of the brightest and most sensitive of the spitz (northern or sled dog) breeds, yet still demanding and independent, Sammies need consistent leadership and early obedience training. They have a jolly “sense of humor” and often exhibit it when disobeying.

Samoyed smiling

Sources:

Samoyed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoyed_(dog)

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/samoyeds.html

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/samoyed.htm

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