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Samoyed |Russia|

Samoyed |Russia|

This lovely breed is often called the “smiling dog” on account of its cheerful disposition and characteristic “smile.” Samoyeds are one of the most amiable, good-natured, and eventempered breeds—combined with their beautiful looks that makes them a popular choice for a companion. They are intelligent and independent, which means they need clear, consistent obedience training, but once trained, they are usually exemplary. Samoyeds were used by the American military during World War II—one dog, Soldier Frosty of Rimini, was even awarded the Good Conduct Medal and a Victory Medal.

History

The breed is named after the Samoyedic people, ancient nomads who formed the earliest tribes of Central Asia. They migrated northwest into the Arctic Circle, taking their dogs with them, and established their homes on land that was uninhabitable to most people. The dogs were essential to the Samoyedic way of life, accompanying their owners on hunting trips, pulling sleds, guarding homes, herding and guarding reindeer, and even being left to watch over children. The dogs lived in almost complete isolation until the late sixteenth century when the Russians began to explore and colonize Siberia. Recognizing the dogs’ many qualities, the Russians began to use them too, chiefly for pulling sleds. Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen relied on Samoyeds when he traveled to the North Pole in 1895. Around the same time, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, who was married to Czar Nicolas II of Russia, sent Samoyeds to England as a gift for the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. In 1904, the first of the breed was registered with the American Kennel Club.

Like most breeds with pricked ears, Samoyeds have floppy ears at birth that gradually become erect as the puppies age.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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