Samoyed

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This dog is a complex one. It is friendly, intelligent, and somewhat obedient, but it can be obstinate and stubborn. It can be dominant and watchful, yet sensitive and gentle-natured. Samoyeds love to bark.

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Size: Height: 53 – 57 cm (20.75 – 22.5 inches); Weight: 35-65 pounds

Coat: Topcoat is straight and wiry, and the undercoat is dense and short. Can be white, cream, or white with light brown.

Character: This dog is a complex one. It is friendly, intelligent, and somewhat obedient, but it can be obstinate and stubborn. It can be dominant and watchful, yet sensitive and gentle-natured. Samoyeds love to bark.

Temperament: Samoyeds are gentle with children but may try to dominate other dogs. They have a strong hunting instinct so they will chase other animals. They need to be trained early to get along with your other pets.

Care: Too much brushing can harm the undercoat. A metal comb should be used to remove loose hairs during shedding.

Training: Training can be a challenge and needs to start early. Variety in the drills is key, as Samoyeds can get bored if asked to do the same task over and over and refuse to do anything. Screaming, shouting or hitting will not get the dog’s respect, in fact it will produce the opposite effect. The dog will need to see you as both an authority figure and a friend. It must be trained to come to you when very young.

Activity: This dog needs plenty of exercise. Three short walks a day is not enough for this breed. Take it for very long walks, or have it run alongside you as you ride a bicycle or go jogging. They like to wander, so a good fence around the yard is required.

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