Samoyed - The White Beauty

The Samoyed comes from Siberia, where the Samoyed tribe used them to pull their
sledges and also used them as their personal heaters (they snugged closely to
them for warmth).

People from the tribe accepted the dog as a part of their family and took good care
of it.

In Europe, the breed made its first appearance in the 20th century and from there
quickly spread all over the world - partly due to its unique appearance (they tend to
resemble small polar bears).

These dogs have attracted the attention of royalty - they were favorites of King Edward VI and Queen Victoria; the famous explorer Roald Amundsen once said of the Samoyed that "there is no other pet animal that has better demonstrated its love and affection to man like that tame wolf."

The Samoyed is a mid-sized dog with an elegant body. The nose is usually black, but can also be brown. The eyes are black and the color of the fur is white to ivory (off white). Typical of the breed is the presence of a dense undercoat of soft fur - this helps protect the dog from the cold.

They can reach a height of around 50 cm tall and can reach a weight of around 25 kilos. The fur requires regular combing and cooling during the hot summer days.

The Samoyed is a very intelligent dog, with a highly developed sense of independence. These dogs are easily trained but require constant attention from the owner.

It is recommended that owners of these dogs engage them early on (while they are puppies) by playing educational games with them - Samoyeds become highly attached to their owners and this is a good time to start developing that bond. Samoyeds are generally good with children - they are happy to run around with them all day long and in return, they could hardly find a better and cuddlier friend.

Although these dogs need a lot of movement, the Samoyed can live in an apartment as long as walks are part of its everyday routine.