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Other working dogs include the Australian Shepherd DogAustralian Shepherd Dog

 

Pyrenean Mountain Dog

pyrenean mountain dog

 

and St Bernard

Saint Bernard

 to mention a few.

 

 

 

Samoyed

 

Samoyed

 

Description

The Samoyed was originally used for hunting, herding reindeer and hauling sledges for the Samoyede tribe in north western Siberia which was where this dog derived its name. Being very placid in temperament these are dogs of great beauty and lived closely with their owners as family members where they developed a great understanding of mankind and as guardians of their children.  They were introduced to England at the latter end of the 19th century.  These dogs were also used to haul sledges on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions however, have adapted well to the warmer climates and nowadays prefer to live their life as companion dogs and part of a family, rather than live in a kennel environment.

 

Temperament

They love nothing more than being part of the family and to live its life as a family member rather than being a kennel dog. This very amenable breed has a steady, kind disposition and will play the role of protector of all children. Needing to spend a lot of time with people, they enjoy interacting with humans and are not over-active like many large dogs can be. As with most dogs they get highly excitable when the family first arrives home, running around greeting everyone with great joy, then after 5-10 minutes they will settle down.

 

Appearance

Height:  53-57cm (20-22in)

Weight: 17-32kg (37-65lb)

This graceful working dog is strong and active with a heavy and weather-resistant coat giving the appearance of being capable of great endurance. They only come in one colour and that is the purest form of white.

 

Grooming

Compared to breeds with silky coats which knot up easily, the Samoyed has an easy care coat which should be brushed and combed thoroughly once a week, taking around 30 – 40 minutes. Regular bathing is not necessary as long as the coat is groomed on a regular basis however, if the coat does becomes dirty, allowing it to dry first before brushing will allow the dirt will come off very easily. Ensure that their nails are regularly filed or cut short, and consult your vet regarding dental hygiene and cleaning. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local dog grooming salon provides these services.

 

Life Expectancy

14 Years

 

Health Concerns

Provided you feed them good quality dry dog food combined with either raw or cooked meat your dog should live a long healthy life with very few health problems provided you do not allow it to become overweight.

 

Suitability

This dog is quite vigilant and requires lots of exercise and because they naturally like to wander it would be advisable to ensure your garden is properly fenced. The Samoyed is a gentle-natured and patient dog with children but tends to be rather dominant towards their own kind.  As the Samoyed is a hunting dog it does enjoy chasing something if given the chance so social training with cats and other pets therefore would be very important. 

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Working Dogs: This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds and rescue for example. A few in this group include Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog and Newfoundland to mention a few.

 

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