History of the Samoyeds
Samoyeds attained their name from the Samoyed people, a group of nomadic people in Northern Asia, and they are one of the most ancient breeds of dogs; Samoyeds were introduced to the West in 1889, where they began their long reign as beloved companions.
Facts About Samoyed
There is just one type of Samoyed, and they are mix breed with the following Dogs:
Golden Sammy (Golden Retriever + Samoyed)
Sandusky (Samoyed + Siberian Husky)
Sammypoo (Samoyed + Poodle)
Samoyeds have a lifespan of around 12-13 years; they are medium-large dogs, most weighing 35-65 lbs and standing around 18-22 inches tall. Samoyeds also come in various shades of white or cream.
Grooming a Samoyed is pretty straightforward. They have abundant, thick coats that need to be brushed often to keep the shedding at bay. Samoyeds are moderate to heavy shedders, with the worst shedding happening only twice a year, nothing that a daily brushing can’t soothe.
Are Samoyeds Good with Family and Kids?
Samoyeds are notoriously gentle and extremely friendly to all they meet. They are wonderful with children, though their herding behavior may come into play with kids in the house.
As with any breed, it is advised that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Samoyed to keep both the child and dog safe.
However, Samoyeds make marvelous family dogs, as they never meet a person they don’t love. Incredibly friendly and extroverted, they are devoted family companions. Samoyeds are at home both in the midst of a big, boisterous family as well as with a single owner.
Samoyeds Health issues and Diseases they are Prone to
Samoyeds are a sturdy, strong breed. Because Samoyeds are all bred from a small genetic pool of 12 dogs, they often experience the same genetic disorders.
They are also prone to certain diseases, which are:
- Subaortic Stenosis: Subaortic Stenosis is an inherited heart condition that is most common in larger breed dogs and is present at birth. It occurs when a dog is born with an abnormally narrow aortic valve, which controls blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta. The narrowing makes it difficult for blood to flow properly through the heart and can cause fainting and even sudden death. Your vet can detect it and prescribe the proper treatment.
- Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is deformed. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from adequately meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Though the main complication with hip dysplasia is joint instability, the abnormalities present in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues. Surgery can be done to fix the joint if diagnosed before the onset of arthritis.
If you are rescuing or planning to adopt Samoyed, have her checked out by a vet to see if she has or is prone to amassing any type of disease or health issues, so you know what she will be able to handle regarding activities and exercise.