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The all-purpose Samoyed is an ancient breed that originated in Siberia and was employed by native people to herd reindeer, hunt, pull sleds, and protect. They were so cherished by their human caretakers that they were allowed to sleep in their tents. Survival in such harsh conditions would have been nearly impossible without their hardworking and loyal Samoyeds. Their thick white, cream, or biscuit colored coat and black lipped smile make them easy to identify. They are of robust build and due to their intelligence and endurance excel in canine sports such as herding, weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, conformation, and more. They are sensitive, affectionate family pets but need direction and activities so they don’t invent their own diversions (which would very likely include chasing, barking, and destructive behavior). Their heavy, double coat requires frequent brushing to prevent mats from forming.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.

Samoyed Club of America
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Samoyed


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