Samoyed Dog Breed Information And Characteristics

The Samoyed or Bjelkier, as they often call him in Europe, is a fluffy Spitz type dog originating from Siberia, Russia. The breed was developed by Samoyedic reindeer herding tribes, hence such name. Some experts believe that the breed was approximately 400 years old while others are of the opinion that the date of its origin was back in antiquity. This is up for debate, but they are certain this dog is probably the closest possible relative to the actual primitive Spitz dog. There are no traces of wolf or fox DNA in his strain. Back in the day, these dogs were primarily used for sled pulling, hunting (seal and walrus), and reindeer herding, while today they’re more often used as family companions and rarely as sled dogs. Samoyed, together with the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and Greenland Dog, is a member of the Nordic Sledge Dogs group in the class of primitive dogs. Continue Reading →