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Samoyed

General Description

The Samoyed is a friendly, personable dog. These are intelligent dogs, with a touch of independence. Bred to live in a tent in very close quarters with their families, they thrive on human company. Samoyeds will alarm bark and, if left alone for long periods of time, will often develop into nuisance barkers.

General Health

The Samoyed, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, occasionally is troubled with progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and diabetes. The minor health issues affecting the breed include hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, and cataract, while a major health concern is canine hip dysplasia (CHD).

Character and Temperament

Lively, sociable, alert, friendly, stubborn and playful

Exercise

At least two hours a day

Origin

They are a spitz-type dog which takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. 

Stats

Average Dog Size

20-23

Average Dog Weight

44-66

Average Bitch Size

18-20

Average Bitch Weight

36-44

Average Life Expectancy

12-14


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