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Basic Samoyed Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
  • Height: 19 - 24 inches
  • Weight: 35 - 65 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Samoyeds

Samoyed Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Samoyed History

  • The nomadic Samoyed people of Siberia relied on their herds of reindeer for food, and their dogs to keep the reindeer under control and to guard them against predators. The dogs also occasionally hunted large game and pulled sledges. They lived in the tents and slept with the children to help keep the children warm.
  • Early samoyeds, including the first imports to England in the late 1800s, were not always white.
  • Queen Alexandra received one of the early imports and became a proponent of the breed. Many of today's dogs can be traced back to dogs she bred.
  • The first samoyed came to America in 1906 as a gift from Russia's Grand Duke Nicholas.
  • Samoyeds became popular as sled dogs because of their tractable nature. They were part of polar expeditions conducted by Shackleton, Scott, and Amundsen.Samoyeds were on the team that first reached the South Pole.
  • They gained much popularity following World War II.

Samoyed Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a gentle yet bold companion.
  • It is playful and clever.
  • Sociable with strangers, children, dogs and other pets.
  • It is a fast learner, but can be independent and stubborn.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food or games.
  • If bored, it tends to dig and howl and may get into mischief.

Samoyed Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a quiet housedog as long as its exercise needs are met.
  • Requires a moderate walk or jog, or a good run in an enclosed area, every day.
  • Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
  • It especially loves to pull sleds.
  • In cold weather it may prefer to stay outside. In warm weather it is usually happier in air-conditioning.
  • Its thick coat provides good protection against cold weather.

Samoyed Grooming

  • Coat is made up of a soft thick undercoat covered by a straight, harsh outer coat that stands off from the body.
  • The coat needs weekly brushing---more when shedding
  • Shedding is above average.

Suggested Samoyed Nutritional Needs

  • Samoyeds tend to stay in good weight, although some are inclined to be overweight. The thick coat can obscure weight problems, so be sure to use your hands to feel.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

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