- Other names:
- Samoiedskaia Sabaka
- Nenetskaya Laika
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Samoyeds, or "Sammies" as they are affectionately named, are more than just beautiful-- they are hardworking, practical dogs. Don't worry if you don't need them for guarding reindeer flocks, pulling sleds or keeping you warm on the Siberian tundra, they make exceptional companion dogs for anyone at any age. Members of this breed are gentle, affectionate and playful; they will remain so throughout their 10-12 year lifespan. Sammies love children and children love them! They live harmoniously with other pets and are friendly to strangers they've been introduced to.
Although they tend to be mischievous if left untrained or bored, they are unusually bright and easy to train for obedience (as well as housebreaking). Samoyeds shed constantly and heavily once or twice per year but are, otherwise, simple to groom. Ideally, your Samoyed will live indoors where he/she can bond closely with you but they also need a fenced yard. They have an impressively abundant and attractive coat that lets them survive (and thrive) in cold to well below freezing temperatures so they should not be kept anywhere where the climate is hot. Lastly, members of this breed should have an hour or two of outdoor exercise daily and they excel in many activities such as obedience and agility training, herding and sled pulling.