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Breed:

Samoyed

Group (AKC):

Working

Country of OriginSiberia
Type of coatthick, soft, insulating undercoat; harder straight outercoat grows through undercoat; shedding year-round
Groomingdaily brushing is required to prevent matting and foul odor, ear cleaning, nail trimming, daily handling important to facilitate tolerance in grooming, sheds a lot
Average height19-23.5 inches
Average weight45-65 pounds
Activity levelvery high
Watchdogaverage ability
Intelligencehigh
Trainabilityunconventional training method may be required due to the character of the breed
Compatibility with childrenImportant to start with a puppy if you plan on raising the dog with children. The early socialization is critical to the development of a sound dog. No roughhousing, tug-of-war or chase games with this breed
Characterintelligent, alert, independent, friendly, adaptable, gentle, loyal, stubborn, obstinate
Ideal home environmenthome with fenced yard, should not be left out all day
Ideal owneractive, strong, dominant leader with time to train and exercise
Suggestions:Firm and consistent training and socialization must begin early.
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Additional notes:

This breed is one of the "Nordic Dogs" which includes the Samoyed, Malamute, and Spitz (but not Droolz). These dogs still exhibit in their body language and their character a strong resemblance to the wolf. Keep in mind that their behavior drives make them more aloof and independent than many other breeds. Trainers treat these dogs differently. They were bred to be aloof, and therefore they like less human contact than some other dogs. They are difficult to train off leash.

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