- They were renamed Samoyed. This name was given to them by British naturalist Ernest Kilburn Scott.
- As they have not been subject to extensive human-directed selective breeding, they are still 1 of 14 breeds that share the most DNA with wolves.
- They are called Bjelkier in Europe which translates from Uralic to mean white dog that breads white.
Welcome to the Samoyed Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the happiest breeds of dogs! This dog is known for its smile, known as the Samoyed smile. That famous smile actually serves a purpose – while they may be happy to see you, they aren’t just smiling with joy. Keep reading to find out the reason.
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History of the Samoyed
This breed is a spitz-type dog that is considered one of the oldest dog breeds and dates back at least 3,000 to 5,000 years. It is believed that their ancestors were the Nenets Herding Laika, also known as the reindeer spitz, a breed of dog that originated in Yamalia, Russia. This dog was used by the Nenet people, who were also referred to as Samoyeds. It is thought that the Samoyed people migrated with these dogs to Siberia. This dog was a working breed that was bred to be able to withstand some of the harshest climates in the world.
The Samoyed has a double coat, a thick bottom layer that insulates against extreme temperatures, and a coarse outer layer that easily repels snow, ice, and dirt.
Interesting Samoyed Facts
This breed is nicknamed smiley because they always seem to be smiling. There is a reason for this, besides them being happy to see you. Their mouths are naturally upturned at the corners which makes them look like they have this perpetual smile. This smile is an adaptation to harsh, cold weather. It prevents excessive drooling so that no icicles would form on the Samoyed’s face. Keep reading for more interesting facts.
- Their fur is unique – it doesn’t appear to attract dirt the same way as other breeds and cleans very easily.
- Although they are heavy shedders, they produce less dander than most dogs.
- When they shed their coats, the shed can be used to knit. Knitting yarn spun from the fur or wool of Samoyed dogs was practiced in the 1940s.