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Samoyed

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Samoyed puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Samoyed please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Samoyed puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Samoyed puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Samoyed breed is also commonly known by the names Smiley, Sammy.

Lifespan: 11 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Yes – KC Recognised in the Pastoral Group

Height
Males 51 – 56 cm
Females 46 – 51 cm

Weight
Males 23 – 30 kg
Females 23 – 25 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Medium (6/10)

Exercise

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very high (10/10)

Training

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very (8/10)

Shedding

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high (8/10)

Grooming

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very high (10/10)

Children

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very good (10/10)

Health

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average (5/10)

Cost to Keep

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average (6/10)

Being Alone

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moderate periods (6/10)

Intelligence

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above average (7/10)

Introduction

The Samoyed is a cheerful dog and one that always boast having a smile on their face which is one of the reasons why the breed has proved so popular.  Apart from their lovely looks with their gorgeous, sparkling white coats and dark eyes, the Samoyed is a delight to have around thanks to their affectionate, fun-loving and cheerful natures.  Although clever and quick to learn, the Samoyed can prove challenging to train.

History

The Samoyed we know today has an interesting ancestry and were named after the Samoyed tribes of Siberia.  However, the breed was developed by two tribes namely the Samoyed and the Nentsy and it was fur traders who came across these dogs during their trading expeditions to the Arctic.  The fur traders brought their dogs back to Britain with them.  It was dogs of this type that were used on the very first Polar expedition.  However, it was the white dogs that boasted stand-off coats that became the most recognisable throughout the world.  Today, the Samoyed remains one of the most recognised dogs thanks to their charming smiley faces, their sparkling white coats and their dark, expressive eyes.

Appearance

Samoyeds are attractive dogs with their dark eyes and sparkling white coats and tails that curl over their backs.  These lovely dogs always have a smile on their faces which adds to their overall endearing looks.  They have powerful, wedge shaped heads that are quite broad and flat between a dog’s ears.  Their muzzles are moderately long with a stop that’s not too sharply defined.  Their lips are black which accentuates their smiley look.  Their eyes are a nice almond shape and set slanted on a dog’s face. 

Their ears are slightly rounded at the tips and quite thick being set well apart on a dog’s head and nicely covered with hair on the inside.  Older dogs hold their ears upright. 

Their backs are moderately long and broad, being well muscled with dogs having extremely powerful loins.  Chests are nice and deep without being too broad and ribs are well sprung and deep.  Back legs are very powerful and muscular with Samoyeds having flattish, long feet that are slightly spread with a nice amount of feathering.  Their tails are long and profusely covered with hair which dogs carry over their back when working or alert, but they typically drop their tails when they are relaxed.

When it comes to their coat, the Samoyed boasts a lush, thick, close and very soft outercoat with a much shorter undercoat which has harsher hair that grows through it.  Their hair stands away from the body and provides the Samoyed with a lot of protection from the elements.  The accepted breed colours are:

White, White and biscuit, White and cream

Temperament

The Samoyed is known to be friendly by nature both with people and other dogs.  They enjoy being part of a family and involved in everything that goes on in a household.  Not only do these fun-loving dogs appear to always enjoy life with their wonderfully smiley faces and their alert dark eyes.  They really do take things in their stride.

They are highly intelligent, but they are also one of the more sensitive Spitz-type dogs.  They have retained a very independent streak which can make training them a little bit of a challenge. 

Samoyeds have a wonderful “talking” voice as well as a nice deep bark and although not know to be “barkers”, they will soon let an owner know when there are strangers about or when they think something may be amiss in their territory.  The same goes for their training which also has to start when dogs are young with a lot of emphasis being placed on obedience training.

One thing a Samoyed is extremely good at is turning a deaf ear to a command when the mood takes them and they usually do it in a very playful manner which can often prove frustrating to anyone who does not fully appreciated it.  Because they are so intelligent, the Samoyed is very quick to learn new things and loves to please. 

Intelligence / Trainability

Samoyed are independent thinkers by nature which can make training them a bit challenging.  A Samoyed can be trained to be relatively obedient bearing in mind these dogs are famous for turning a deaf ear to a command when the mood takes them.

The key to keeping one of these highly intelligent dogs focussed and on the ball, is to make their training sessions as much fun as possible because if a Samoyed gets bored, there’s no hope of them paying any attention to what they are being asked to do.

Samoyeds are friendly and loyal dogs.  They are usually good around children although it’s always best to supervise any interaction between toddlers and dogs just in case playtime gets too boisterous.

They are also social by nature which means they generally get on with other dogs, more especially if a Samoyed has been well socialised from a young enough age.  When they grow up with a family cat in the house, they get on well together and usually tolerate other small pets too.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Samoyed is between 11 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Grooming

As with any other breed, Samoyeds need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Samoyeds have thick double coats and as such they are high maintenance in the grooming department.  To keep their coats looking as good as they should means having to groom them on a daily basis.  It’s also important to keep an eye on the hair found between a dog’s paw pads and to trim it when it gets too long. Samoyeds shed throughout the year, although more so during the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent grooming is usually necessary to remove all the loose and dead hair from a dog’s coat.  It’s a good idea to have their coats professionally groomed a few times a year which makes keeping things tidy easier in between visits to a grooming parlour.

Exercise

The Samoyed is an intelligent, high-energy dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs.  This means exercising a Samoyed for a minimum of 1 hour a day.  These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam.  However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these energetic dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape.

With this said, Samoyed puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Samoyed puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Average Cost to keep/care for a Samoyed

If you are looking to buy a Samoyed, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £1000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Samoyed in England would be £19.20 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this will cost you £48.70 a month (quote as of June 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog making sure it suits the different stages of their lives.  This would set you back between £40 – £50 a month.  On top of all of this, you would need to factor in veterinary costs including vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Samoyed would be between £60 to £90 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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