Samoyed "The White Dog with the Smiling Face"
In the vast frozen wasteland of the Artic, there dwelt a good-natured people called Nentzi - also known as Samoyede - (pronounced SAM A YED') and their wonderful Bjelkier, white dogs that bred true.
Samoyeds were a nomadic people who were hunters and reindeer herdsman. Their prized Bjelkier dogs could be counted upon to fall in equally well as either hunter or herdsman, and fill in as a sled dog when the occasion demanded.
The Samoyeds were unique people in that they had a close personal and working relationship with their dogs. Family members would take a dog into the tents they lived in and let the dog sleep with them for extra warmth. Also the dogs under coat was used like sheep's wool for clothing.
It is not clear whether the Samoyede people had a breeding program but we do know that the beautiful fluffy white Samoyed dates as far back as one thousand years before Christ, setting it among the world's oldest known breeds.
Samoyed history from the Samoyed Club of America Web Site.
Hardy, vibrant and even-tempered, the
Samoyed was originally used to hunt, herd reindeer, and haul sledges for the
Samoyede people they served in northwestern Siberia. The Samoyede tribesmen were
peaceful nomads, who manifested extraordinary love for their beautiful dogs,
treating them as members of the family. Thus their dogs developed a love and
understanding of humankind and an unfailing sense of trust and loyalty which is
retained in the breed to this day. They remain the delightful playmates and
faithful protectors of children.
Most of the Samoyed strains in England and
the United States are descended from the veteran expedition sledge dogs. The
first American Samoyed, a Russian import, was registered with the AKC in 1906,
although most of the present day American Samoyeds trace their ancestry to dogs
imported after the first World War.
For more details please refer to the
Breed Standard, as composed, adopted,
approved and protected by members of the Samoyed Club of America, Inc. and
adopted by the American Kennel Club.
The Samoyed is a fine example of an
ancient working dog. His eye-arresting beauty and gentle, companionable nature,
coupled with his unusual intelligence, demand the love and loyalty of his owner,
which he will return a hundred-fold.
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