Should You Get a Samoyed?
Every dog breed has an interesting history, and the Samoyed is no different. Check out these 11 interesting facts about the Samoyed dog breed.
While there are no real known records that show EXACTLY where the Samoyed emerged
many believe that they were domesticated around 1000 AD by nomadic tribes in Siberia. Their purpose was to help the people with hunting and herding reindeer.
Some interesting myths also surround the Samoyed breed’s birth.
There was one myth that stated the first Samoyed was born when a child fell through the ice on a frozen lake and died. Another myth surrounding this dog lies in one of its ancestors, the Laika. It is believed that a tree fell upon a man and killed him as he was hunting, leaving his dog to fend for itself. This mythical dog later gave birth to the modern Samoyed.
A key element that is connected with this dog breed’s history is its name.
The name Samoyed comes from two Russian words: “Samoyedic” and “Nenets,” which means one who lives in a fur house or tent. This is because the Samoyed was thought to have originated from the Nenets people of the Samoyedes who were known for their nomadic way of life. Samoyeds helped these people by providing heat in these “yurts” (tents) and pulling sleds that carried supplies for this tribe.
The Samoyed is always eager to please its owner
but may tend to be a bit stubborn. It is important to remember that the Samoyed was bred as a working dog and needs daily physical and mental exercise in order to stay happy and healthy.
The Samoyed is an inherently active breed
and these dogs require extensive daily exercise. The breed standard suggests that the dogs be taken on long walks every day, and they are well-suited to strenuous outdoor activities. They should not live in confined spaces with little or no access to the outdoors; however, if their exercise needs are met, the Samoyed is well-suited to city life as well as country living.
Samoyeds are known
for their “Sammy Smile” and their rather interesting vocalizations. According to FCI breed standard, the Samoyed can only have a white, cream or white coat with “biscuit” markings. Their noses can be black, liver, brown and what is called “snow-nose. All major kennel club standards call for dark brown eyes and consider blue eyes faulty.