The Samoyed, a very old breed, originated in northwestern Siberia. He lived with the nomadic Samoyede tribes and served as a sled dog, reindeer herder, a guard dog for the children and often a bed warmer at night. He lived as a companion animal even during these harsh and rugged times.

To this day, that is what he Sammy does best. He is hardy, vibrant, and even tempered. He is powerful but gentle, and he is often referred to as the dog with Christmas in his heart all year long. He needs to be part of a family and participates in family life. He wants to spend as much time as possible with his "pack".

The Samoyed is an energetic dog who needs exercise, playtime, and training. He becomes bored easily and certainly will find something interesting to do on his own when bored. The Samoyed is mischievous and can be strong-willed, but he always responds to kind leadership. Sammies are playful and fun-loving from puppyhood well into old age.

A Sammy does shed a lot, especially if he is not groomed regularly. He requires regular brushing and combing and an occasional bath, and all the other care that any dog needs to be happy and healthy. The Samoyed coat will mat if not cared for. He is however a "natural" dog and does not require special trimming or grooming - with a Samoyed what you see is what you get, but the way he is supposed to be.

Those of us who own and love this breed cannot recommend him highly enough as a loving companion and family pet.

For more information about the Samoyed breed click here to go to the Samoyed Club of America web site.