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Breed profiles: Samoyed Dogs and Persian Cats

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on Thursday, 30 August 2012
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The SamoyedDrawing its name from the nomadic Samoyed people, who came from central Asia to northwestern Siberia; and who used hardy and powerful Spitz dogs for herding as well as protecting the reindeer from Arctic predators, these dogs were treated like family members. The nomads were dependent upon reindeer for their food, and had to move constantly with the foraging herd. The dogs lived in the nomads’ tents to keep the children warm at night. Samoyeds were useful, too, for hauling sleds and boats; and even for hunting bears.

The Samoyed dog breed began to arrive in England sometime in the late 1800s. Queen Alexandra was presented with one of these early imports as a gift, and she heartily began to promote the Samoyed. There are numerous modern-day pedigrees that can be traced back to this dog.

The Samoyed was introduced to the United States in 1906, when the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia gave it as a gift. At that time, the breed had begun to gain notoriety for its ability to outperform other sled dogs; so much so that in the early 20th century, Samoyed dogs were included in a good number of sled teams undertaking expeditions to the South Pole and Antarctica.

Compact, muscular, and strong; the Samoyed bears a resemblance to Spitz dogs with a fantastic combination of strength, dignity, agility, and grace. These dogs sport a weather-resistant, heavy, double coat comprised of a soft, thick undercoat with a straight outer coat; which glows all silvery like sunkissed snow.

If you are looking for a dog which bonds very closely with its family, the Samoyed is an excellent choice. They tend to be friendly with other pets and strangers. A high-energy dog, Samoyeds can be calm indoors – to a point; as long as you challenge their mischievous, clever minds with daily mental and physical workouts. Otherwise you may find them barking and digging up holes when bored.

The Samoyed typically responds well to training and is, overall, eager to please; but he may be stubborn and want to exert some independence at times. Mild-mannered and playful, a Samoyed makes the perfect companion for active people of all ages who are willing to keep their best friend busy.

Samoyeds have been bred specifically for cold weather, herding, and pulling. Even though they can live outside in cold and temperate climates, who wouldn’t prefer to stay in the house, sharing human companionship? Active and lively, this breed absolutely must have daily exercise; whether it is a jog, long walk or a spirited game. Also, his thick coat must be combed and brushed two or three times each week – daily during the shedding season.

On average the Samoyed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. In choosing a well-bred dog, the primary issues to watch out for in ancestors are: progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and diabetes. Minor health issues which may also affect this breed include hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, and cataract. Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is the most significant health concern .

The "smile" of a Samoyed is formed by a slight upturning at the corners of his mouth. We love Samoyeds, which are hardy working dogs long bred for herding, pulling sleds, and showing. Like many herding breeds, a Samoyed may even instinctively “herd” you, your children and/or other pets!


Persian CatThe Persian was a popular show breed by 1871, when the first modern cat show was kicked off at the Crystal Palace in London, and it was first registered with the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in that same year, which is the year in which the association began keeping records. Her ancestors were first reported in Europe as far back as the 1500s; but were most likely taken there by Roman and Phoenician caravans from Persia and Turkey, according to available documentation.

Persian cats were brought to Italy in the 1600s by an Italian traveler, Pietro della Valle. His manuscript, Viaggi di Pietro della Valle, described the Persian as “a gray cat with long, silky hair”. Nicholas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, an astronomer imported still more Persian cats from Turkey into France, and later they came to Britain with other travelers. In the early 1900s Blue Persians were all the rage, because Queen Victoria had two of them. Persians are large to medium-sized cats, with a sweet expression on their faces. Well balanced, they have large, round heads, small ears, and relatively short tails. Originally bred with a short muzzle, over time in North America most have a “flat” face. As a result they can fall victim to an unfortunate array of health problems; especially regarding sinuses and breathing. This includes accumulate of dust and debris inside their nostrils, which obviously would make it difficult to breathe.

Their famed long, silky coat actually shimmers; and although the most popular color for Persians is the solid silver variety, there are actually in excess of 80 colors to choose from. These include but are not limited to: black, blue, cream, and smoke.

Persians are highly intelligent and they love to play, but are typically not as curious as other cats. They can also be incredibly still for long stretches. So much so you have to look closely to see if they’re breathing! If you like to relax with a feline pal, this is an excellent kitty to have. An unobtrusive sort, you won’t be likely to have this cat sitting on your hands at the laptop or creeping in between you and your favorite book, but they are happy to receive your affection when you’re free to offer it.

When it comes to maintenance, this is not an easy pet to consider. They require daily grooming for their coats to stay silky smooth and matt-free! Some people like to trim them – especially the rear end, which can get “gooked up” in the litterbox.

Persians were not introduced to North America until the 1800s, at which time they quickly became quite popular. No matter what color they are, you can’t go wrong with such a sweet and friendly cat.

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Hi, my name is Annette Filecci. I am a Miami native, one of the few! I have been pet-sitting in the Hollywood and Hallandale area for the past several years now, and I couldn't think of a better job for me. I love animals and have almost always had a pet around, from birds to fish to dogs, cats - even worms and snails - so I am very experienced with all kinds of pets!

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