”The dog with Christmas in its face” is a member of the Spitz family. The Samoyed was bred and developed by the nomadic Samoyede tribes in northeast Siberia, north of the Arctic Circle. The breed was valued for their versatility as sled, herding, guard and companion dogs. Their importance to the Samoyede people, who depended largely upon their dogs for survival, meant they were regarded as members of the family, which contributed to the unique Samoyed disposition today. Unknown outside its homeland until the latter part of the 19th century, the breed was first introduced to Britain in 1889. Samoyeds have a place in history as the sled dogs often used by polar explorers. The first dog to set paw on the South Pole was a Samoyed, the lead dog of Roald Amundsen’s team, in 1911.
The breed has an almost uncanny ‘human’ understanding. There’s a happy, childlike air to be found in this gentle and companionable canine. Independent, yet loyal to those he loves, the Samoyed makes an excellent watchdog.
The strong and upstanding Samoyed is a sturdy muscular dog. He appreciates lots of outdoor exercise. Animated and alert, the Sammie is best suited for suburban or country living.
Males may measure from 21-23.5 in (53-60 cm) while females will range from 19-21.5 in (48-55 cm).
The glistening, stand-off coat has a harsh, straight outer coat growing through a thick, close, soft and short undercoat.
While pure, sparkling white is the colour most often seen in the breed, cream, biscuit or white-and-biscuit are also Samoyed colours.
The coat quality should make for easy maintenance; however, still require regular brushing.