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Samoyed

The smiling happy face of the Samoyed is one that lights up the ring as someone said "with the face and heart of the spirit of Xmas the whole year through". His traditions as the companion, shepherd and sled dog to the nomadic Samoyedic people gave him the unique traits of the happy endearing personality these people have too. He is a double coated breed. His longer guard hair stands straight out from the body with the undercoat soft and abundant like thick close wool. His colour ranges from white to, white & biscuit and cream and should be free from curl and never droop. Bitches have a softer texture but all coats must be weather resistant and the standard calls for "well groomed".

This is a very pretty and endearing breed and the quest to maintain that coat in top show condition at all times is a challenge. Double coated breeds shed coat and when they do it is a snow storm. Lessening the aftermath of the "blizzard" and the frequency is possible, if one adheres to a rigorous routine.

The hard work for this coat starts well before the show - in fact it is a non-stop job. Double coats are quite easy to maintain as long as you do it regularly. It has to be part of routine discipline. The major thing for keeping and extending a double coat is to bath, oil and blow dry - every week, and in fact when needed, twice a week.

So the routine has to be, bath in the appropriate shampoo for the situation e.g. Plush Puppy Whitening Shampoo for toning the unwanted warm tones, Plush Puppy Body Building Shampoo to bodify a coat when there isn't enough coat – OR, mix both together for the tone and extra body. Plush Puppy Deep Cleansing Shampoo is excellent for that deep clean.

Use all shampoos diluted at the ratio of at least 5:1- i.e. 5 parts water to one part shampoo. The shampoos are all concentrated. For the face area use Plush Puppy “Let’s Face It”.

Plush Puppy ‘Let’s Face It’ Unique Face Shampoo. It is what the dog showing world has needed for way too long. Another one of the famous Plush Puppy products that with the latest of technology and the highest amounts of naturally sourced ingredients has developed into a product that is a must! This is a hypoallergenic sulfate free low foaming shampoo designed for faces. It’s a nil fragrance, no tear formula with the highest quality Blue Cypress Extracts, Panthenol with Pro Vitamin B and SugaNate. These special ingredients clean, sooth, add moisture, aids healing and has anti-inflammatory benefits. A small golf ball sized amounts directly to the face and eye area allows you to thoroughly clean without causing irritation. Can be used in and around ears also with the same benefits. Its low foaming design allows easy of rinsing yet complete cleaning.

For those coats that require conditioning or conditioning in just areas use Plush Puppy TLC ‘Leave in or rinse out’ Spray On Conditioner. This is an easy to use conditioner in spray form. A highly concentrated formula just without added thickener. Spray on and if required rinse out. Can be applied and left in for dry coats.

If you have to deal with bad elbow stains etc, use Plush Puppy Wonder Blok; this product is one of our proudest achievements in helping to maintain a white stain free coat. It’s not a bleach and contains no harmful chemicals but with the use of modern technology and high amounts of naturally sourced vegetable surfactants and glycerine. This product is designed to gently remove unwanted warm/red tones to the coat. Best used on a damp/wet coat. Gently rub into the areas requiring allow time (5-10 minutes) and rinse. For maximum effects repeat or allow a longer time for this amazing product to work. As with all products take care around eyes.

The coat is meant to stand straight out from the body and not lie flat. Use Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil to hydrate and protect the coat by diluting at 1 teaspoon to 1 bucket (4lt/1gal) water. Saturate the coat through to the skin by applying with a large car sponge and leave the mix in the coat - do not rinse out. Blow dry against the growth of the coat from the bum to the head working against the growth of the coat pushing the coat forwards using the nozzle of a cool force dryer to dry right through to the roots. It takes time to dry well but it must be 110% dry if anything. For extra body and oomph to the coat for show bath, add 1 tbspn Plush Puppy Volumising Cream to the bucket Oil mix so it all gets done in one application and is all left in.

You can apply Plush Puppy Puffy Dog to the legs and ruff if these are a bit coat challenged. Puffy Dog gives LOTS of lift but you will feel this slightly in the coat. If you are a purist, the Volumising Cream will give you lots of lift to the bodycoat and you won't feel that in the texture.

By using the Seabreeze Oil you get a beautiful silvery sheen to the tips of the coat as it will have all the healthy vigour that comes from the Evening Primrose Oil and Calendula Oil. These are the very best quality extracts that money can buy. Don't be fooled by others who make claims - this is the best and it is in the bottle. Nothing works as well as this product for getting wonderful sheen and condition to the skin and coat. You won't get dry flipped up ends that tend to curl if the coat is dry and brittle. It does take regular use and application and this, and, blow drying out religiously every week, will keep most of the coats "rolling", resulting in just a fluff out rather than the huge coat dumps that one generally gets all the time. If you get the loose coat out constantly, the new coat will come back in quicker and you don't end up with felted messes and having to overwork those wrists with unnecessary brushing.

This is your basis for this double coat. Stick to the basic routine and do it well.

Re-capping - shampoo, oil and blow dry. Show day, shampoo, oil, Vol Cream and blow dry. Simple!

Plush Puppy Volumising Spray is a 'Ready To Use' for quicker, easier and fuller coat results. Perfect either before blow-drying or used to 'fluff' up the coat at the show. A light even spray, brush in until dry or use a dryer. Produced for easy use and scientifically balanced for all coat types. This is a hair thickener to add volume - not a hair stiffener and not easily detectable as it leaves the coat with a natural fuller look and feel.

If in good coat, then use Plush Puppy OMG is a revolutionary grooming spray that lives up to its name. A light spray of OMG and brushing in allows this product to refresh the coat leaving it feeling wonderful. Using at an approximate mixture of 1 part OMG to 30-40 parts water using this break down form the OMG concentrate. The stronger the mix the stronger there effects. For this type of double coated breed a lighter concentration works best. Using OMG can be a one off at shows or during the drying process after bathing. An amazing product for regular brushing also. The perfect product to allow all the benefits of putting a moisturising product into the coat without over softening the coat. OMG never builds up, never goes stringy. A product that took years to develop using the latest of technology for maximum effects. A true necessity for the tool kit.

Brush using the Plush Puppy Ultimate Pin Brush against the growth of the coat for maximum lift. Fluff the ruff right up. Any stained areas minimise with Plush Puppy Cover Up Cream. This is a great cover up on short coated areas such as face, feet, inside ears or elbows. Apply to a barely damp sponge and dab lightly, layer upon layer till coverage complete. Don't apply in a big dollop. It's like white makeup for dogs - put on lightly and not with a trowel! It's not Kabuki theatre makeup! Then apply a dusting of loose chalk or Plush Puppy Fairy Frost Regular, a super white powder with fabulous clinging ability and allow to dry and then brush. This powder doesn’t clump in wet weather. Worth the extra!

A tiny sprinkle or dusting of Plush Puppy Pixie Dust to the brush and dipped here and there onto the coat will add sparkle and shimmer to the ends without looking like the glitter fairy. If you can see it when you are putting it on the coat, you have too much on the brush.

You can use Plush Puppy Powder Puff Regular for quick dry cleaning in between the shows over a long weekend or to clean up spills and messes. This is non-toxic, naturally sourced and is not talc. Plush Puppy Wonder Wash is the wet no rinse alternative for quick cleaning. I just like the easy spray on, rub through and towel and brush or blow dry.

Now, show time - your wonderful working dog with his alert dignity should stride round that ring with reach and drive, purpose and grace, looking a million bucks! His loyalty, independence and intelligence are all the traits you know him for but his ring silhouette is what the judge will see in the short time he has to make decisions. Adhering to good routines of grooming will ensure your beautiful breed fits the standard's requirements for coat and texture and give you the opportunity to fill that required silhouette.

CHERYL LECOURT