Questions to ask yourself before adopting a Samoyed.

  • Why do you want a Samoyed?
  • Do you rent or own your home?  Are there known restrictions for pets, either by a Landlord or community covenants?
  • Will the dog be considered a part of your family?
  • How do you envision spending time with your dog?
  • What activities do you see you and your dog involved in?
  • Do you have a fenced yard?
  • If not, how will the dog be exercised?
  • Will the dog be allowed in the house?
  • Will the dog have free run of your home?
  • If you work, where will the dog be kept when you aren't at home?
  • Are you a compulsive cleaner?
  • How do you feel about hair on your clothing, furniture, etc.?
  • Who will feed the dog? What will you feed it?
  • Who will groom the dog?
  • Who will scoop up after the dog?
  • Will the dog be allowed to accompany you on family excursions?
  • Are you away from home during the day? At night?
  • What will you do with a dog when you go on vacation?
  • Are you willing to spend time training a dog?
  • Are you willing to use a crate/kennel? Why or why not?
  • What will you do if your rescue dog has an accident
    on your rug or chews one of your favorite items?
  • What will you do if your dog digs holes in your lawn?
  • If your dog barks a lot when he/she is outside, how will you handle it?
  • Would the addition of a baby to your family make
    you decide you no longer need or have time for a dog?
  • If a member of your family develops allergies, what will you do?
  • If you have children, do they understand how to treat a dog? 
  • How do you plan to keep your dog from getting out a door or gate?
  • Have you previously owned a Samoyed or other breed?
    If yes, did it live to an old age? If no, why not?
  • If your dog gets loose, what steps would you
    take to locate it? See our Lost Dog Page for tips.
  • Are you prepared to pay for proper vet care if your pet should become ill?
  • Do you prefer a calm, quiet greeting when you come home over a boisterous, enthusiastic greeting?
  • Do you know that large breed dogs are susceptible to hip problems and/or arthritis in their older years
  • Are you prepared to give this dog a good home for possibly the next 10-12 years?

All Samoyeds require a commitment of attention and time. They are very people oriented dogs and are happiest with constant human interaction. They also need regular grooming - which takes time.

photos Bob Collins

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