I am at work most of the day and the dog would be left
alone for 7-8 hours at a time, would this be a problem ?
Samoyeds do require a lot of attention and crave human contact, it is not
the ideal pet for people who are out at work all day, long periods alone is
not really fair on the animal. As the Samoyed is a hard working and highly
intelligent breed, long periods alone can lead to problems such as destructiveness
etc. hence a Samoyed would not be the best choice for your situation.
Are Samoyeds good with children ?
Generally Samoyeds are very good with children, the breed has a very close
affinity to humans and especially children, although they can be boisterous
at times, they do make ideal family pets and retain their "puppyness" well
into adulthood. However depending upon their past history there may
be exceptions, if you have children and want to take on a rescue animal please
let us know so that we can try and ensure the best possible match.
Do Samoyeds need a lot of grooming ?
Samoyeds do require more grooming than most other breeds, an average of say
an intensive groom of approximately 1 Hour duration once a week and
if possible a quick 15 minute groom every other day or so keeps the coat in
order. Samoyeds do shed their coat (on average once a year for dogs and twice
a year for bitches) so be prepared for more intensive grooming during these
What form of training is best for Samoyeds ?
Samoyeds have a very strong pack instinct and need firm and consistent handling,
they are NOT to be considered just cute fluffy bundles ! There is a
strong character and a physically VERY strong dog under that beautiful
white coat !
You must NEVER
strike a Sam or physically harm him, better to use more subtle methods to show
your displeasure. (even just a look can work)
It is no good saying NO
! one moment, but letting him do the exact
same thing the next minute! To quote from a book referring to the breed: "The
Samoyed is a dog of contradictions. It is friendly and cheerful, intelligent
and reasonably obedient, yet never follows orders slavishly and can at times
be extremely stubborn. It is sensitive and gentle natured, but dominant and
vigilant... Your authority should be clearly seen, but with a friendly
touch. Screaming, shouting or hitting it will lose you any respect that it may
have had towards you".
Clicker training works well with Samoyeds, it is best to get a professional
trainer to introduce the method to you as timing is very important with this
form of training.
Do Samoyeds require a lot of exercise ?
Samoyeds are active dogs and require approximately One and a half hours
or so of exercise a day. This should include free running whenever possible
as well as walking on the lead to give lead discipline.
I have heard that Samoyeds are noisy dogs, is this true ?
Samoyeds are well known for their vocalness, they tend to make an "Arrooo"
noise from time to time and will generally bark loudly if someone approaches
or they see something of interest. Samoyeds tend to bark more in a pack situation,
with other dogs around, than if kept singularly. Barking is used to show pleasure
and to attract attention.
What age of dog is going to be available ?
handles animals of all ages, these have in the past ranged from puppies of
6 months or less to adults of 12 years of age. It will depend upon what animal
is in care at the time you ring as to what will be available.