Q: I need an advice about the SAMOYED dog breed.
I've wanted a Samoyed dog for years but due to not owning my own place, I choose to wait until I did. Problem is, now that I'm in a position to buy one, I think every comment made about the breed, is designed to put me off.
I asked 2 dog kennels for their advice. One said that the Samoyed breed is easy to train, friendly and a good family dog, whereas the other said that they are difficult to train, they have a habit of wrecking (by chewing) the house when left alone for any period of time and completely unsuitable for someone like me (I have a disability).
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I intended to take "dog training" classes after I'd had the dog... any advice anyone.
Also, where can you get a puppy from. Everyone I've asked in the past points me towards USA/Canada sites, where I live in Wales - UK.
Any advice would be great. Cheers!
Answers and Views:
Answer by greenweenie
A Samoyed is a loving, gentle giant. They are best suited to moderate to a cold climate. They are related to Huskies which are famous for pulling sleds in Alaska. Almost any dog will chew on stuff so I wouldn't be concerned with that. He is best as an outside dog (you apparently want an inside dog) though he's OK inside .... just if he has an accident, you will think a horse did it. Samoyeds are pretty big dogs. I say: if that is the breed you like GO FOR IT.
Answer by Heather M
In spite of his beauty and affectionate manner, the Samoyed can be a difficult dog to own. He requires considerable grooming to prevent matting and keep his coat clean. He sheds profusely each year, leaving white hair everywhere. Grooming is important to help keep him comfortable if your area has hot, humid summers.
Although highly intelligent, this breed can be difficult to train, for the dogs have a mind of their own. They tire quickly of repetitive training, so do better with motivation than with correction. However, strong correction is sometimes needed, for the dog will run the show if not notified that the handler is in charge. Some Sams resent obedience training so much that they perform their exercises with a hang-dog look, convincing spectators that the owner must frequently beat the dog into submission. One Samoyed is well-known for fleeing into any open crate when she is taken off-lead in obedience class.
However, for those with a sense of humor to cope with this recalcitrance and who have the time to groom, the Samoyed is a wonderful family pet. The breed is good with children, loves to play, and has a sense of humor. Sams are good watchdogs, wonderful therapy dogs, and competitive in agility.
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Answer by Leigh
You must be a complete dog lover, and truly want one of these dogs if you are going to get one. I'm glad you're asking for advice before getting one.
I can tell you that these dogs are the worst shedders I have seen yet...not impossible to live with, but you must make a commitment to keep up with brushing the dog...it really does need to be done daily with these dogs.
The few that I have known could be a little temperamental (not aggressive, more like just bitchy), and the one I fostered was quite difficult to train (housebreak and obedience). I attribute some of the training difficulty to the previous owner's neglect...the dog was so exuberant, and really just wanted to cuddle and get petted..he'd had basically no obedience training and had been left outside. They are big dogs, and strong dogs, so depending on your disability, they may not be the right dog for you.
I suggest calling more breeders of the dog and trying to spend some time with a few of them (try dog parks, rescues, breeders).
Personally, I would not choose the breed after fostering one. They require a lot more time than I am able to give, and really, the time you put into the dog is the most important thing...if you can honestly spend a few quality hours with your dog every day, and make sure that it gets a good walk/run, it could work out...but, if you're new to dog ownership, I would recommend starting with a more easy-to-train, easy-to-handle dog.
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