For the betterment of the breed.

The Samoyed Club is a small specialist dog breed club associated with the New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC) now branded as Dogs New Zealand (Dogs NZ). The main focus of the club is the promotion and protection of the Samoyed.

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Services and Activities

The club is managed by a small group of Samoyed enthusiasts who volunteer their time and knowledge to help provide a variety of services and activities.

Samcare (Samoyed Care)

This is an important service of the club and involves:

  • Helping Samoyed owners learn how to best care for their Samoyeds well-being through a good diet, adequate exercise, quality grooming and professional behaviour and training advice,
  • Helping Samoyed owners rehome a Samoyed they can no longer keep,
  • Maintaining a list of people looking for a Samoyed needing a new home,
  • Rescuing Samoyeds from the pound that are not claimed by their owner or end up with the SPCA and need a new home.
Find A Breeder

This service involves advising potential Samoyed puppy owners what to look for in a responsible breeder and talking through with them what is involved with owning a Samoyed. The club maintains a list of Breeders who have registered with the club.

Media (Email, Magazine, Facebook and Web Page)

The club uses a variety of media channels to communicate with members of the club and people interested in the Samoyed. Formal notifications to members are via e-mail. The magazine known as the Sleigh Courier is published annually and is only sent to financial members of the club. The Facebook page is a popular channel of communication with members and the wider Samoyed community. The web page contains useful information and acts as a historical deposit.

Samoyed Day

The club annually holds a Samoyed Day which includes a championship show and an open show run in accordance with the show regulations of the NZKC. The open show assists training judges to learn about the Samoyed breed standard as defined by the NZKC. The club maintains a set of cups for the championship show and a single cup for the open show. In addition, the Samoyed Day includes a Pet Parade for people who want to show case their pets, a chance for junior members to compete for the Junior Handler cup and the presentation of Annual Awards which includes the Of Year Cups.

National Dog Show

The club recognises achievement at this show with plates for Best of Breed and Reserve Best of Breed.

Other Activities involving the Club include:
  • Pack Walks around Wellington and up the Kapiti Coast
  • Sled dog Training at Waitarere Forest
  • Behaviour Training
  • Grooming Demonstration
  • Fun Day (egg and spoon races, fancy dress, agility / obedience exercises)
  • Snow Dogs Match against Siberian Huskies
  • Stand at Pet Expo with banner and billboards
  • Helpers in Santa’s Grotto for special needs kids
  • Calendar featuring members Samoyeds
  • Promotion of health checks and seminars by other clubs
  • Input to NZKC management