Last Resort: information on Samoyed?
i am doing some research on this breed for a sci fi story character and wanted some information from real people that have actually owned, lived around, or had friends that owned them. the story has alot to do with animals.
what can you say about this breed?
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Answer by corky95621
they are a fantastic breed. i have a friend that owns them and they are a lot of work! a dog that you CANNOT shave
Answer by Lyss
Sammys are very loyal and obedient but they also love to cuddle and lounge around. They are the sweetest things!
Answer by Rachel
Samoyeds are smart, and very playful. Unlike many breeds, they remain playful as adults and into old age. The flip side of playful is also a factor - Playful dogs tend to be mischevious and can often be destructive when not supervised. Like other northern breeds they have a mind of their own. Sometimes they are happy to obey and eager to please, but other times there is just something better to do. Friends to visit, things to chase, things to sniff or possibly eat...
Unlike other northern breeds and most working dogs, the original Samoyeds stayed inside the dwellings of their nomadic owners at night. Therefore they have a very close bond with people and are not happy at all being outdoor dogs. They tend to be great with kids and loathe to bite. (Those dogs not trustworthy with people and rolling about the ground and sleeping with the children did not last, they were out of the gene pool pronto)
Samoyeds were imported from their native environment in NW Siberia only about 100 years ago, so they are still close to their working heritage. They look all cute and fluffy, but underneath they are a hardy working dog. They were used to herd reindeer and pull sleds. That coat is just about the most effective at keeping a dog warm. They can handle temperatures that other breeds cannot. Siberia also gets fairly warm, so in the summer they shed that coat and can handle wide extremes.
Samoyeds can do well in obedience if you make it fun and rewarding for them. They are not a fan of repetition and will get bored, so they will never perform at the level of Border Collies and such in obedience. Make things a game for your Samoyed and they will keep working, try and force them and you will get slow grudging compliance, or absolute refusal if they think they can get away with it.
Here are a couple true stories from Samoyed owners that illustrate their nature. "S" owned an older male Samoyed that he normally left loose in the house while gone. One day "S" returns and panics when his dog does not greet him at the door. Then he hears him barking in the backyard and lets him in. S was relieved but confused. Then he sees that he has been robbed. Stereo equipment and television are gone. After a few moments of freaking out and calling the police, he notices that there is a ring of dog toys in a semi-circle about 4-5 feet around where they equipment used to be. Very strange. Then the scenario begins to make sense. Burglar breaks in, of course the friendly Samoyed lets him in. Burglar is disconnecting equipment, dog keeps bringing toys to try and get Burglar to play. No reaction to the first toy, he goes for another. Finally the Burglar gets tired of it and puts the dog outside. Samoyeds are not guard dogs!
Another owner was competing with his Samoyed in obedience. On the recall, his dog does great and comes and sits in front. Yay. Then he sends her to heel. Dog is supposed to circle around and behind the owner and sit in the heel position on the left side. She goes around but it seems to be taking longer to return to heel position. He's not supposed to turn so the owner waits. People begin to laugh. Finally he sees her come to heel, but she is chewing and swallowing. Uh Oh. Afterwards he found out what happened. The pattern had the owner standing with his back to the ring gate. When his dog circled around, she saw a child eating a sandwich near the ring gate. So she took a detour, snatched the sandwich, and returned to heel. LOL Samoyeds love food and are inventive in getting it.
Another food story. "A" and "M" were sharing a hotel room at a dog show. A had to leave to run out to the car. She set her sandwich on top of the TV, which was one of those mounted up high. A told M to watch A's dog Sasha because she might go after the food. M was not worried, Sasha was lying on the bed and not even looking at the food. But as soon as the door shut behind A, M was astounded when Sasha leapt onto the dresser and stood on her back feet so she could snatch the sandwich off the top of the TV. She had it swallowed before M could even react.
Samoyeds are escape artists. They love to get out and explore. My first Samoyed was very good at opening gates. He figured out those flip latches common on chain link fences quickly. He got so good that we could approach a gate he had never seen before, I would tell him "open it" and he would find the latch, what ever side it was on, flip it open, and let us through in just a few seconds. We had a lever handle on the front door and he learned to let himself out. We had one of those gates with a two part latch, the kind with a curve to it, designed to be automatically pushed up and then close on the gate when you swung it shut. He learned that he had to hold the latch up with his nose while he pulled the gate open towards him with his paw.
Samoyeds are smart, fun-loving, happy friendly dogs. They tend to really like children. They won't protect your stuff, but many will stand their gr
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