Samoyed Breed Characteristics Part 2

July 12, 2018

So to continue on with part two of discovering the Samoyed dog breed let’s look at their habits, nutrition, grooming and exercise needs, as well as general health and training characteristics and I’ll explain how my Samoyed puppy Indy fits in with all of the Canadian dog breeds generalities.

Nutrition for the Samoyed breed

Samoyed’s are their best when you feed them a super high-quality food diet. That can be your own home cooked prepared food, or a manufactured raw food diet. I prepare a mix of both for Indy depending on what I have in the fridge and how much time I have per day to cook for myself and him. I have raw food on hand which he loves eating, the downside is it’s so expensive, rescue dogs bc. Sometimes I’ll cook him what I am eating by just making extra. He loves chicken, ground beef and all vegetables. He also loves salty food like his dad. I cook a lot with beef, chicken or vegetable stock and feel it’s safe to mix with his food, if you use the low sodium kind, which still turns out pretty salty. One thing I make sure to not do is overfeed him. Indy always has an appetite and would gladly eat 3 more times per day if I allowed, but I don’t. I feed him 3 times per day and that is keeping him at a healthy weight. His energy levels are consistent and high all day, and with his two dog park visits per day, we have found a good balance. Oh, and I don’t give him too many treats, really only for training purposes and to remind him of his good behaviour.  He also drinks quite a bit of water per day, maybe 3-4 full bowls so I make sure that’s kept full all day. He also loves wet cat food that I give pickle and kitty but it’s so bad for him and it effects his poops, they get runny. Sometimes he’s able to reach it on the counter and sneaks it from me.

I’ll admit I don’t groom him as much as I should. Samoyeds have thick wolly undercoat and a longer harsh outer coat with longer hair. He is able to regulate his body temperature really well on mildly hot days, but you can tell he’s really not naturally built for the heat or dog shelters bc. He LOVES the cold and will gladly sleep outside in negative degree weather. Samoyeds ideally should be brushed every day with a minimum of 2-3 days per week. When they play in the dirt they accumulate all sorts of dust and dirt that gets trapped into their coat. Sometimes he can actually turn quite brown after playing in the dog park for an hr. He is self cleaning and the dirt falls out naturally as he goes back to white but brushing will help clean him and keep him fresh. I should do it more than my once a week routine. You need a metal comb to get through all his thick hair it’s an effort to be effective. I’ll brush him right now!

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Stay tuned for samoyed’s part 3.