Should I Get a Samoyed Dog?

Are you thinking of getting a Samoyed dog? Check out these 6 tips to find out if a Samoyed is the right dog breed for you and your family.

By Richard G. Beauchamp | June 5, 2012

Just as a prospective Samoyed dog owner should have a checklist to lead him to a responsible Samoyed breeder, so do good Samoyed breeders have lists of qualifications for potential puppy owners. These are just a few of the "musts” for a prospective Samoyed owner:

1. A Samoyed Owner must have a securely fenced yard. If the home has no yard, the owner must be able to safely provide their Samoyed with the required exercise elsewhere.

2. A Samoyed must not live alone exclusively outdoors.

3. Children in a Samoyed dog’s home must be more than four years of age.

4. Everyone in the family must want a Samoyed dog and the dog breeder should talk to all family members about them their desire to own a Samoyed.

5. You must be financially able to provide proper veterinary and home care to your Samoyed. As sturdy a constitution as the Samoyed dog breed may have and as high as his tolerance for discomfort might be, a Samoyed is completely incapable of withstanding being struck in anger. This devastates the Samoyed and, if subjected to treatment of this nature, it can turn even the most amiable Samoyed puppy into a neurotic and unpredictable adult.

6. The Samoyed dog owner must be prepared to take care of this dog breed’s heavy coat. The heavier the coat and the larger the dog, the more time and effort is required for bathing and brushing. This is particularly so when the Samoyed begins to cast coat. While tangles and matting are not a problem in the mature Samoyed with the proper coat, the shedding does continue on a semi-annual basis. The responsible Samoyed owner should allow an hour or so at least once a week for general coat and "housekeeping” care.

If you are looking for a dog that does well living outdoors with minimal owner interaction, the Samoyed is not the dog breed for you. The Samoyed dog breed must have constant human companionship and social interaction, not only with his owner but with all kinds of people and other dogs. This is essential to the well-being of the Samoyed.

Excerpt from Samoyed, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Samoyed here.

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