Choosing a Samoyed

Beware of Fraud

There is only one Samoyed breed, only one kind with a true, working-dog build.  The tiny specimens of dog sometimes sold to the unwary as toy or miniature Samoyeds (American Eskimo) or Spitz dogs, and are not to be compared with the noble animal for whom they may be mistaken.  The Samoyed is not closely related to any other breed.  He stands alone.  He always breeds true, always shows his characteristic traits of build and of brains.  Samoyeds are relatively untouched by human breeding practices and are the easiest to duplicate.

Select a Reliable Breeder

Beware of that ‘reasonable price’, the pet store pups, or those not carefully linebred to quality stock. You will get just what you pay for. The service of a good stud is $600.00 and up. The breeder must take the bitch to the stud, many vet expenses are involved. Both parents should be x-rayed clear of hip dysplasia, have clear eyes, be sound, and be a good representation of the breed. They should be complimentary to each other for the betterment of the breed, not bred because the service is cheap or the stud is close by, Beware of false advertising; the breeder should have proof of what he advertises. Don’t be misled by AKC registration certificates or blue ribbons.

Ask to see Winners and Best of Winners ribbons. If the dog is a Best in Show winner that huge ribbon should be on display. Find out if the dog has its championship.  Do not be surprised if a price of $1,000.00 or even more is quoted for a nice, well-bred puppy from proven winners and producers which is a fine show prospect or a pet. A good breeder will have a puppy packet for you as well as a signed contract.

A pick puppy is the first choice of the litter and if you want a show and producing prospect this is the one you should get. Much consideration must be taken to study the pedigree; especially the dogs in the first four generations. If they are all fine specimens, you have a very good chance of coming up with the real winner. A litter can produce one champion, all champions or none. This is why the pedigree is important. However, a puppy from top quality stock is a pretty sure bet that the pups will carry far more quality and produce it than mediocre parents. There is no guarantee that the pick pup will be better than another when adult. The breeder, if experienced, can be very helpful knowing the faults to look for and recognizing quality. The care you give the pup can also make the difference. Listen to the breeder and heed their warnings on care of the young pup. Don’t expect the puppy to be perfect. Every dog has a fault or lacks something. The top dogs are those who have the most quality and overall showmanship. Even the dog who has won top awards over all breeds in shows is not perfect.

Every purchaser is not interested in showing a dog. Sometimes a buyer wants such a dog as just a pet, the pride of owning a fine specimen of the breed. Don’t purchase a pet-quality bitch with intentions of breeding her later; she was sold as a pet for a valid reason. She will produce inferior stock and harm the breed.  A good breeder will have a contract stipulating a pet be spayed/neutered.

Above all, be sure the puppy is guaranteed healthy at the time of sale, he has had dewclaws removed, is free from parasites, has had the necessary shots against distemper, parvo, etc. Have it checked by your veterinarian at once, and get booster shots each year and general checkups. He should be at least eight weeks old when placed in his new home. He needs that contact with his littermates to help him learn to get along with other dogs when grown.

If possible, visit the kennel a few times and note if cleanliness prevails. The dam should be clean though she may be going out of coat and looking pretty straggly (normal after having a litter). Cleanliness is a habit and chances are you will have an easier Sammy to keep clean if he was trained thus.

The puppies should be happy and outgoing, not shy. Do not expect to pick up and handle the puppies unless the breeder suggests it and then learn how a puppy should be picked up and handled. They are squirmy and if you are not used to handling them, you could drop and injure one. Ask what food the puppy receives and get a supply when you get the puppy or beforehand so he will not have a change of food. Be sure the dam has been receiving the proper vitamins and minerals to ensure proper growth.

Good Breeding

A good breeding is an ethical breeding–not breeding a bitch before 2 years, and never on two consecutive heats. The studs are used only on quality bitches for the purpose of bettering the quality of the breed. The pedigrees of bitches and studs are studied carefully long before the breeding takes place. The bitch is conditioned for this mating. A reliable breeder does not just drop in with their bitch in heat to a stud owner. The stud owner would not accept such a breeding. Quality breeding is not a happening! Both should be x-rayed and proven free of hip dysplasia and have clear healthy eyes. More bitches should be refused for breeding than accepted, with many referred to another stud who will compliment her more. The reliable breeder does not feel their stud is the answer to every bitch owner’s prayer.

The reliable breeder loves the Samoyed and his concern is in the breed, not in making money. His expenses usually exceed twice the income. His reward is pride in the quality he produces. Each breeding is well planned for a litter that will become a fine representation of the breed, whether sold as a pet or to show. His concern is proper placement of his puppies; prospective buyers are screened for their reason in choosing the Samoyed, if they can and will give it the proper care, attention and accept its bad habits, the shedding problems, etc. He is not a pusher of puppy sales, the buyer must want this puppy very much. He would not resort to hauling young puppies to dog shows for sale reasons. He spends much time with his puppies, building character and security in relationship to humans. He will be honest, explaining the demands, care and handling of the breed to keep it presentable as a pet or show dog—a fine example of the breed. He will furnish breed information to you or help you to get it. You will hear from this breeder periodically. His dogs receive the best of care whether sold as a pet or show dog. Dewclaws are removed at three days. Cleanliness and health go together and are this breeder’s concern.

Don’t rush out to buy a puppy.  Visit them, talk it over with the family. A breeder will want it that way. You may have to place your name on a waiting list with a deposit if you decide to own one to assure you of a choice of sex and/or show prospect from this breeder. Be assured in your mind that he is a reliable person to deal with and that you would want a puppy from this kennel.