Samoyed Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The first thing that strikes you about the Samoyed is his sparkling white coat and his wide smile, and the Breed Standard says he “displays affection to all mankind”. A member of the Spitz group of dogs, the Samoyd earned his keep with the nomadic tribes of the Samoyedes and Nentsy in Siberia.
They herded and guarded the reindeer herds from wolves and bears, sometimes pulling sledges but often the reindeer were used for this.
Possibly the first Samoyed arrived in the UK as gifts from the Czarina Alexandra to her brother the Prince of Wales, he and the Princess of Wales being very interested in dog showing. There is a picture of 1888 showing the couple with a Samoyed.
However, the real pioneer of the breed in the UK was Ernest Kilburn-Scott who brought a Samoyed dog back from Russia for his wife in 1889; this was a brown dog with some white. Some of the dogs used on the first Polar expedition were black though now the correct Samoyed colours are limited to white, white and biscuit and cream.
The Kilburn-Scotts continued acquiring dogs including one they bought from Sydney Zoo who had been used on a Antartctic expedition, and with eight strains of dogs set about drawing up a Breed Standard and developed a breeding programme which soon arrived at a reliable Samoyed breed type.
To do the coat justice takes some effort but the results are well worth it. He is a very impressive dog, at up to 22″ with his luxuriant, sparkling coat he looks bigger but always graceful. Never bad-tempered he makes a good family dog though like all the Spitz breeds he has a voice and he is not afraid to use it!
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.