I've wanted a Samoyed 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, where as the other said that they are difficult to train, they have a habbit 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).
I intended 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 point me towards USA/Canada sites, where I live in Wales - UK.
Any advice would be great.
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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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