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[#117] My Japanese Spitz (日本スピッツ) meets the Samoyed for the first time


Min Pin lifting front paw -- Dog communication: upper lip curl, baring teeth, flat ears, growl -- Fearful aggression. A dog who is afraid tenses his body and holds his tail rigid, though it may be wagging. His rear legs are ready to run or spring. He bares his teeth, draws back his ears and the hair on his back stands on end. He growls or snarls constantly to warn off the subject of his fear. -- What Is Your Dog Saying? Posture Speaks Volumes - When two dogs meet, as long as their human companions aren't tugging tight on their leashes, they carry out a series of actions that looks like a choreographed dance. With their bodies tense and tails taut, they circle and sniff each other, silently gathering and exchanging information, ready to defend themselves at any moment if necessary. They hold their ears back and the hair on their back may stand on end. They often avoid direct eye contact at first, sizing each other up to determine if the stranger is strong or weak, male or female, hostile or non-hostile. One dog may place his head on the nape of the other's neck or nip at his nose. It seems they are getting ready to fight and then, one lies down. Soon, they may separate and urinate. At this point they have agreed on which dog is dominant.

Dogs learn body language from their mothers during the first 8 weeks of their lives and they test out this form of communication with their littermates. If a dog misses out on such training, he will have trouble communicating with other dogs throughout life.

Dogs use various modalities to communicate. These include visual communication (movements of their bodies and body parts), auditory communication (vocalizations), and gustatory communication (scents and pheromones). Body movements include their ears, eyes, eyebrows, mouth, nose, head, tail and entire body, as well as barks, growls, whines and whimpers, and howls.

Understanding Animal Behavior & Communication
Dog Behaviors

Relaxed Posture, Alert Posture, Playful or Play Bow Posture, Submissive-Fearful or Active Submission Posture, Completely Submissive-Very Fearful or Passive Submission Posture, Aggressive-Dominant or Offensive Threat Posture, and Aggressive-Fearful or Defensive Threat Posture.

Aggressive-Dominant or Offensive Threat Posture
May curl upper lip, baring teeth to reveal incisors and canine teeth, mouth partly open
May warn with bark or low-pitched growl
May snap or bite

The Samoyed dog - Then again, in the canine family exists a very special dog. They are especially beautiful yet built like little tanks. Friendly and gentle enough to be utilized as children-warmers on cold nights, they are brave enough to stand up to polar bears in defense of their people. While I'm not particularly fond of cold, they have gorgeous coats to keep themselves warm, and their fur has certain mysterious self-cleaning qualities. I'm speaking of Samoyeds, of course. I could be a samoyed. Or rather, I'd like to be a samoyed.

The Samoyed dog (pronounced /ˈsæməjɛd/ sam-ə-yed or /səˈmɔɪ.ɛd/ sə-moy-ed; Russian: Самоедская собака) takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, to pull sleds when they moved.
Samoyeds have a dense, double layer coat. The topcoat contains long, coarse, and straight guard hairs, which appear white but have a hint of silver coloring. This top layer keeps the undercoat relatively clean and free of debris. The under layer, or undercoat, consists of a dense, soft, and short fur that keeps the dog warm. The undercoat is typically shed heavily once or twice a year, and this seasonal process is sometimes referred to as "blowing coat".
Samoyeds' friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; an aggressive Samoyed is rare. With their tendency to bark, however, they can be diligent watch dogs, barking whenever something approaches their territory. Samoyeds are excellent companions, especially for small children or even other dogs, and they remain playful into old age. When Samoyeds become bored, they may begin to dig. With their sled dog heritage, a Samoyed is not averse to pulling things, and an untrained Samoyed has no problem pulling its owner on a leash rather than walking alongside. Samoyeds were also used to herd reindeer. They will instinctively act as herd dogs, and when playing with children, especially, will often attempt to turn and move them in a different direction. The breed is characterized by an alert and happy expression which has earned the nicknames "Sammy smile" and "smiley dog."

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