Dog Profiles: Samoyed


  1.    The actual pronunciation of Samoyed is “sammy-ed” (ˈsaməˌyed), not “Sam-oi-ed” (səˈmoiyid,) though both are used presently to denote the breed. This explains why Samoyeds are called “Sammies.” 
    2.    Samoyeds have existed for thousands of years and are one of the 14 ancient dog breeds. In fact, this breed is closest breed-wise to the most primitive dog as they do not have an admixture of wolf or fox in their genetic makeup. 
    3.    There are sheep dogs, ratters, cattle dogs, and bull baiting dogs, but the Samoyed was bred to be a reindeer-herding dog. 
    4.    Though they often appear to be entirely white, most Sammies have a slightly silver tint to their fur.
    5.    When not predominantly white, the pigmentation of the Samoyed tends to gravitate towards a very light golden brown “biscuit” color. 
    6.    Blown coats or loose fur that has been shed by a Samoyed can be used as a wool alternative for knitting. It is hypoallergenic and when knitted into a sweater purportedly keeps a person warm even in below freezing temperatures. 
    7.    The Samoyed is renown for its smile. In fact, “the Samoyed Smile” is a breed standard according to the American Kennel Club. 
    8.    Oddly, the Samoyed has no natural scent of its own. It doesn’t smell when wet like most breeds, and when it does encounter something that would make it smell bad (garbage, a skunk, etc) it tends to rid itself of that stench quicker than most breeds can. 
    9.    Though often Huskies are thought to be the archetypal sled dog, most polar explorers used Samoyeds to pull their sleds. Roald Amundsen is a notable example.
    10.    Like cats, Samoyeds self-groom, though they do require regular brushing to manage their long bushy hair.