Hawkwind Samoyeds

A-Z about Samoyeds

Samoyed is one of the most popular dog breeds from Russia. Their white and fluffy coat appeals to almost anyone. The Samoyed tribes inhabited the northern Russian region. They depended on their dogs to hunt reindeer. The dogs were used to guard against predators too. The fluffy coat also provided warmth. The tribal people will sit next to Samoyeds to feel warm. It was only in 1889, they got worldwide attention. It was when, they travelled to the U.K. Following the initial reach they were quickly commissioned for all Europe. The breed went on to explore other hemisphere.

General appearance

Samoyed is a medium sized, strong and elegant dog. It got cute yet tough looks. Their facial shape makes them look like smiling all the time. That’s why they are often dubbed as the smiling Sammies. Their head is V shaped and is in excellent proportion to its body. The tail arches back towards the sides. The coat is composed of two layers. The outer layer is straight and thick. The undercoat is short and dense. The modern Samoyeds are always white in color. They however come in different shades of white and cream. Temperament wise, they are friendly, alert and lively breed of dogs.

Grooming

Their origins might lead us to believe hunting is their forte. Nevertheless, their hunting instincts are not too strong. They are a super friendly dog breed. They get along well with kids and smaller pets. Proper training and socialization is a must. Their teeth should be brushed thrice a week. If you want them to stay clean and healthy, bath them every month. You should take them for a walk more than once per day. They are in constant need of day to day exercises. With proper walks and exercises they can adopt to most regions in the world.

Exercises and training

Apart from physical exercises, you need to provide them with mental simulation. Hunting games are provided in training. You can purchase toys stuffed with treats. Provide them with extra calories when needed. Look into their pedigree and check for authenticity of the breed. Samoyed possesses above average intelligence. They rank highly in terms of intelligence amongst dog breeds. It’s not a breed with learning difficulties. Their development as a puppy needs to be positive and appropriate. You need to socialize these dogs from puppyhood. Conduct positive reinforcements to achieve best results. Develop a strong relationship with your dog from an early stage.

Health

Teach them with basic training and commands. They are required for ensure communication and safety. The dogs develop behavioral problems when left alone for a long time. They can live up to 14 years. Make sure you can provide that sort of commitment as a dog owner and family. Pay visits to the vet at least twice a year. Follow the dog’s vaccination schedule. It’s not uncommon to learn something new about Samoyed every day. We will keep you posted on other aspects of this breed in coming posts.

Understanding the responsibilities in owning a Samoyed

Samoyeds are incredibly cute dogs. The dog owner’s fraternity has no disagreement. What bother most people are the grooming responsibilities. Would I be able to take care of all the grooming? Does the smiling Sammies have to be bathed too often? These are some of the questions people have in mind. To start off with the good news, Sammies are almost odorless. They don’t have to be bathed too often. Bathing them excessively gets rid of the needed natural oils. Nevertheless, their double coat needs a lot of grooming. The smiling Sammies are heavy shedders. Their fur was once used to even make clothing in Japan.

Dealing with high energy levels

Samoyeds involve epic amounts of fur. Handful of fur comes out even during friendly petting. You can consider investing in a good vacuum system. You need a commercial grade, high quality vacuum. Samoyeds are highly active breeds. Making them sit in one place is not so easy. Be prepared to channel non-stop energy somewhere else. You can make the do exercises and get their energy spent. Play Frisbee with them, take them for walk or involve them in some activity. When they want to just rest, they are easy to be groomed.

Choose based on personality

Before including them as members of your family, inspect their personality. The alphas aren’t suited for first time dog owners. You need to take care of the excessive fur too. With their high energy they can become destructive. They can wreak havoc in your home. Prepare yourself for what you are getting into. People adopt Sammies for their cuteness and overlook the responsibilities that come along with it. Do not be that guy or girl. Know beforehand that till the age of two, you are going to deal with crazy amount of energy.

Chewing Samoyed

Samoyeds are otherwise called the smiling Sammies or smiling dogs. They are also known for their singing type howl. The lesser known fact is they are chewers. They can chew holes in the non-concrete walls and furniture. From sound surrounds in speakers to window silts to carpeting, nothing really is spared. These dogs bite through your entire home. They shed a lot of fur to annoy you more. With a Sammy in your home, consider not having carpets at all. Wooden floor or tiles suit the best. You also have to play with them to bring down their energy to manageable levels. Give them some toys to chew on, until they are not interested.

Grooming accessories

Invest in a high quality vacuum, which will still be replaced in a year. Use a broom to sweep the floors often. Invest in a range of grooming brushes. Use slippery clothing while playing with Sammies. The fur just rushes off from such clothing. The Samoyeds require brushing every single day. You might want to brush them outside your house. When it comes to grooming, the Sammies are demanding. There are just no two ways about it. When given these efforts they fit into any kind of family.