GROOM­ING: HIGH-MAIN­TE­NANCE BEAUTY

Animal Scene - - COVER STORY -

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.

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