GROOMING: HIGH-MAINTENANCE BEAUTY
But while Samoyeds can be gentle, they are also most definitely highmaintenance. To survive the cold weather, the Samoyed’s coat is composed of a long, rough outer coat and a thick, soft undercoat. Most Samoyed coats are white, though they can also be cream and biscuit (have a brownish tint). Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it’s important to keep Samoyeds away from the heat.
The breed sheds a lot, especially during shedding season once or twice a year. Daily dry brushing is important to keep the dog’s coat neat. A metal comb can be used to deal with tangled fur. Bathing is important, especially when the dog gets dirty, though it can be a chore. Investing in a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the shed hair is a good idea as well.
As with most breeds, brush your Samoyed’s teeth at least two to three times a week, trim their nails once or twice a month or when they get too long (it’s time to get the clipper out once you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor), and regularly check their ears for mites and signs of infection, such as redness or foul odor. Clean the only outside of your dog’s ears with a damp cotton ball; leave the inside to your vet. Grooming sessions are also opportunities to check up on the Sammie’s overall health -- keep on the lookout for sores, rashes, and signs of inflammation.
MOST PEOPLE MISPRONOUNCE THEIR NAME AS SA-MOY-ED, WHEN IT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE SAMMY-ED.