The arctic star
Original Name : Samoyedskaya Sabaka
Type : Lupoid
Male size : Ideally, 22½ inches
Female size : Ideally, 21 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Russian Federation
Friendly, open, alert and lively, Samoyeds have a very faint hunting instinct. They are never shy or aggressive, which makes them ill-suited as guard dogs. These white medium-sized arctic Spitz types exude power, stamina, charm, litheness, dignity and self-assuredness. The sexes are clearly distinguishable.Their famous ‘smile’ is due to the shape and position of the eyes and the slight upturn at the corners of the mouth.
Powerful and wedge-shaped.
Slightly longer than the height at the withers, high and compact, but lithe.
Pure white, cream or white and biscuit (the basic color must be white with some biscuit markings).
Straight, rather small, thick, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips.
Set fairly high.
Abundant, thick, supple, dense polar coat, with soft, short, dense undercoat.
Samoyeds get their name from the indigenous Samoyedic peoples of northern Russia and Siberia. In the south of the region they were white, black or brown-particolored and were used to guard reindeer; in northern parts, pure white dogs with a mild temperament were used to herd and hunt. Samoyeds followed their owners everywhere, even sleeping in their shelters, as a source of heat. The original standard was published in the U.K. in 1909.
Did you know ?
The British zoologist Ernest Kilburn Scott spent three years with a Samoyed tribe in 1889. On his return he brought with him a brown male puppy named Sabaka, which simply means dog in Russian. He later imported a cream female named Withey Petchora from the western Urals and a snow-white male named Musti from Siberia. Together with other dogs brought home by explorers, these individuals formed the original Samoyed breeding stock in the west.