Roxy the Mixed Pup visited us in Lodi

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Roxy brought her human with her to our Lodi clinic. She’s a mix Samoyed and Siberian Husky and those are two similar dogs from the far north but with different history of development. The Samoyed is a very old Spitz-type breed from the Siberian region and are considered to be on of the ‘Basal’ breeds from which many other regional breeds have been developed. Samoyeds were bred as workers, wolf guardians and sled pullers by the Nenet people who are nomadic Reindeer Herders from the Siberian Arctic. (In fact, the Nenet people are among a group of indigenous peoples who are grouped together in a classification as the ‘Samoyed’ people.) The Siberian Husky is also a Spitz dog probably differentiated from the older and more primitive Spitz dogs sometime around 200 years ago. The Siberian is the fastest sled puller of all the Huskies and was brought to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896. Both of these breeds have the tyical cold adaptations we expect from the Arctic dogs: A dense double coat, small eyes, small triangular ears and a high energy metabolish which keeps them warm. THe Samoyed is usually white or off white while the Siberian includes a variety of colors and often includes a facial mask coloring. They both carry their tails proudly over their back. – Geoffrey Antipa

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