(Closed) Question about Samoyed

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I lived with a roommate for 9 months (many years ago) and she had a 3-year old male samoyed. He was a very calm and quiet dog who almost never barked or howled. The breed is known to be more vocal than other dogs in general, but it really depends on the individual dog.  

Example: we have 2 Siberian Huskies, a 6.5 year old male and a 4.5 year old female. We adopted them both 3.5 years ago and from day 1, our little girl was a talker. She barks, yips, growls, sings, and howls all the time. Our boy didn’t make one sound for the first 6 months we had him. In the last 12 months he’s finally started “talking”, but he was a very quiet dog for over 5 years. 

Also, keep in mind that northern breeds are very much pack animals and he may want a buddy.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Have never found them to be particularly yappy…

BUT like some larger breeds they do have issues when it comes to Hip Dysplacia, and this breed is also prone to Cataracts (eye problems / blindness).  Both of which can effect their quality of life… as the dogs age.  And the amount of effort that you as a Pet Owner have to put into their care (time, schedule, vet bills etc)

Life expectancy in this breed is just over the 10 year mark.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Of your list, I’d go with the Golden Retriever.

Also notice that you don’t a Labrador on your list…

Both of these breeds are good dogs that are low maintenance in regards to health issues and maintenance for first time dog owners… which is WHY they are such popular breeds.

As a small dog, Dachshunds are cute as all get out… but they too have a long list of health issues.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have two 🙂

 

I don’t think I’ll ever own a dog thats a different breed.

Though the two we have are VERY different, they share some very important characteristics

– they are gentle and incredibly good with kids, babies, other dogs, etc. My mom brings them to her school, where they get pulled on and climbed all over – and they revel in the attention and snuggles

– they are not a “nervous” breed – I’ve seen our girl growl once in her life (she’s 8) and it was at another dog, not a person. 

– they are smart, both trained quickly, both do well on walks

– the boy has a pretty loud bark, but only barks when he’s excited (when someone comes home, or there’s a deer in the yard).  the girl is VERY quiet – when she does make a sound, its never a bark, but more of wolfy-howl. I LOVE it.  We’ve taught her to “speak” and she just goes “awwrrr awrrr awrrr” – so cute. 

– the boy chews on shoes and corners of walls. the girl has never chewed on a thing in her life. 

– NEITHER of them did well in a crate. Samoyeds by nature like to be on the feet of their masters (they were used to keep their owners warm in arctic climates).  We eventually got them to be OK with sleeping on the floor BY the bed as opposed to ON it, but that took some time. 

– They both do fine confined to one room together with child-gates when no one is home. However, they are a pack breed – they don’t like being alone.  If we take one to the vet, the other one cries and paces the whole time.

– They are frikking ADORABLE. Strangers will stop dead wherever you go to ask you about them and pet them and tell you how pretty they are.  When they are puppies, they look like baby polar bears.   But that fur is an investment. You will need professional grooming at least once a season, and it aint cheap. 

– They are less prone to bolting and predatory behaviors than huskies or malamutes – BUT – our boy did go after a groundhog once, and he got it.  Blood + white fur = not fun.  However, there are a ton of cats in our neighborhood and he has no interest in them at all, so maybe the groundhog pissed him off.  Who knows  😉

Let me know if you have other questions. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think with any animal in general, while things often follow the “breed” its parents, environment,  past history and how you raise it ( the time, effort, education, dedication etc) all play a part in how the animal ‘is”. There are agressive goldens and labs, and pretty much any bad rap or good rap a breed gets it can become the opposite!

The best qualifier I recommend considering is size and energy level! A working dog is going to typically need l space to run and exercise where as a companion should be relatively low maintenance. As for size, if you live in an Apartment a Mastiff or a Great dane may not be the best choice, however you can make it work!

Best of luck!!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

They don’t need another dog friend as long as they have a lot of human friend time. They’re not good with being left home alone all day. If you do want two samoyed pups you shouldn’t get them at the same time as they become attached to each other rather than their owners and are more difficult to train. If you get one sammy, train it, and then get another, the first one will pretty much train the second one.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@cutexkitty:  its tough to say. The cat is the Alpha Dog in our house. He has “trained” all of our dogs.  We had a collie for 5 years who got lonely when my sister and I moved out of the house and he couldn’t herd us anymore, so thats when we got the first Sammy (the girl).  When the collie died of old age, the sammy was noticeably depressed – and thats when we got the boy.  So neither of them have ever been alone really.  They do both hang out with the cat though too, and the cat snuggles with them in the winter for warms.  🙂

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kellswell:  To add to what she said, also don’t get puppies from the same litter. The bond with each other and become so attached that they don’t really connect with their human(s). 

We got our male husky when he was 3 years old (a teenager, in doggy-years) and luckily, he was already housetrained and knew a few tricks. 2 months later, we got our 1-year old girl. It worked out well for us because the boy bonded with me immediately (he’s still attached to my hip) and our girl quickly got daddy wrapped around her little paw. The age difference and 2 month gap really helped us focus on each dog’s introduction into the family separately and give each dog the appropriate time to settle in and learn our house rules. 

Regarding Samoyeds being pack dogs, they don’t require another dog as a companion, but they certainly do need lots of family time if they are left alone during the day. Also, each dog is different. My friend’s samoyed was great on his own, but I’ve seen others that must have a buddy at all times. In general, it’s a good idea to have 2 pack dogs, especially if they’re left alone during the work day. 

And since mandypop posted a pic of her two furbabies, here are my two kids:

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Exciting! I hope you post some pics when you get it, they are just the cutest puppies!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love Samoyeds.  I guess that I cannot speak for the whole breed, but the two that I have had, have been wonderful dogs.  Thay have the sweetest, happiest temperment. They are smart, loyal, and looove their owners.  My dog has never been aggressive and does not growl. Both got along with cats.

I have never heard either of my Samoyed’s howl.  My current dog (1 yr, 2 mths) is kind of barky.  I think that is because I spoiled him as a puppy.  He gets pretty vocal when he is excited to go on a walk, or when I come home.  We are working on it.  One of our breeder’s had her dogs de-barked, the dogs barks sounded like raspy whispers.  Personally I would never get that precedure done, unless I had no other options.

I grew up with Border Collies, and although I loved them, those dogs were crazy– they were too smart for their own good, and very demanding.  Their vocabulary far exceded my Sammies.  Definitely not for a first time owner.

My Ex had a Husky– it was pretty nuts.  He just seemed more primal than other dogs.  He always tried to run away, mauled cats, destroyed furniture.  I’m sure they are all not that bad, but he was pretty mischievious.

As the pp mentioned, Strangers will stop you and ask about your dog CONSTANTLY, if you get a Sammy.  Sometimes I feel like my boy is a weirdo magnet, he gets attention wherever he goes.

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