Samoyeds today are very similar to those domesticated in the polar regions hundreds of years ago (See History of the Samoyed). No admixture of wolf or fox runs in its blood. Through the centuries, the Samoyed has bred true.
The disposition of the Samoyed was established long ago by his Samoyede owners and still prevails today - enthusiastic, alert, gentle, eager-to-please, loyal and joyful. One only has to see the endearing "Sammy smile" to believe something of the happy, childlike air of the Samoyede people is found in every Samoyed. The dogs were born in the tents of the people, played with their children and slept in their beds (probably for the warmth of all). An adult Samoyed dog could be worth more monetarily than the master's wife and much harder to obtain! Generations of guarding reindeer, requiring a protector, never a killer, developed in the breed a disposition unique in the canine world. The constant companionship with man through the years has given the Samoyed an almost uncanny human understanding, a rapport between man and dog that prevails still.With their physical elegance and sparkling white coat, it would be easy to label the Samoyed as just a beautiful dog but a Sammy is more than a pampered pet. A Samoyed is gifted with ruggedness, strength, intelligence and work ethics. Just like their ancestors, the Samoyed of today is an intelligent, athletic dog that needs mental and physical activity and human interaction. First-time Samoyed owners need to be ready to commit to daily exercise and meaningful interaction with people and other dogs.
Because of their intelligence and independent thinking, Samoyeds can be a challenge to train. The key to training a Sammy is to make the desired activity fun.
Although Samoyeds do select one person to worship, they are essentially family dogs. Strangers can approach them without fear and they are trustworthy with children. And the Samoyed, although a work dog, considers himself a house dog. Neither owner not dog will be happy otherwise.
The Samoyed is a medium sized, working class dog. Males are 21-23 ½ inches high at the withers; females are 19-21 inches. A Samoyed's coat is pure white, white and biscuit, cream or biscuit that glistens like silver in the sunlight. The Arctic suns and snows have bleached the harsh standoff coat and tipped the hairs with an icy sheen.T Today's Samoyeds do not have reindeer to herd and they are indifferent sheep dogs but some owners use them dog-sledding. Possibly the most famous Samoyed sled dog was Rex of White Way aka "The Blizzard King".
Rex of White Way
Rex of White Way’s legacy was to demonstrate how a well-trained and willing Samoyed could perform in many venues. Rex excelled as a working dog by serving as the lead dog on a regular 64 mile mail run over a 7,200 foot high mountain pass (The Targhee Pass) and by serving as lead dog on several historically significant rescue operations such as a Truckee, California plane crash rescue in 1949 and the City of San Francisco snowbound train rescue in the Sierra Mountains in 1952. Rex set a world record in weight pulling that meant he was the strongest dog in the world on a per pound basis as he pulled 1,870 pounds on freezing sleet and ice in Montana in 1953. Rex regularly appeared in rodeos, parades, and at fairs leading his team of Samoyeds. He was known as the “Blizzard King” for his ability to break trail under the most extreme weather condition and was virtually unbeatable in races involving other Samoyeds during his prime. He also won many races leading Targhee Hounds. It has been reported that Rex’s only peers in sled racing during his lifetime were crossbreeds.
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Rex of White Way was in the pedigree or the first Samoyed I owned, Deschelda's Tanya-Sheba!