Samoyed

Named after the nomadic people of its native land in Siberia, the Samoyed is an ancient breed. The Samoyed was used to herd reindeer, pull sleds and provide warmth and companionship on chilly nights. The Samoyed first entered England during the 1800s. Under the reign of Queen Alexandra, the breed became increasingly popular. During the 1900s, Samoyeds accompanied several expeditions that set out to explore the Antarctica region. The American Kennel Club recognized the Samoyed as a member of the working group in 1906.

The Samoyed is an Arctic dog and almost looks like a little polar bear. They have typical spitz features: Wedge-shaped faces with long muzzles. Their ears are triangular, small and sit atop their heads. Samoyeds have thick white coats that consist of double coats. The undercoat is dense and woolly, the outer coat is straight and coarse. They are heavy shredders and need to be brushed frequently to reduce shedding. Their ears should be checked regularly. Personality: The Samoyed is a playful, friendly dog that makes a great family dog. Sammies tend to bond with one person in particular and are devoted companions. They need a lot of vigorous exercise to stay happy. If they don't get sufficient exercise, they can become bored, stubborn and somewhat destructive. They get on well with other dogs and are friendly towards strangers. This dog breed tends to dig and bark.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Asia
Family
Function
Life Span
12-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Sami, Sammy, Samoyedskaya, Samoiedskaia Sabaka, Samoyed

Samoyed Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
19-25 in.
Length (Female)
18-20 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Cold

The Samoyed’s muscular stature is built for power and agility. A Samoyed stands at an average height of 19 to 23.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. The corners of the dog’s mouth are turned upward, giving the Samoyed its famed smiling expression. Another identifying trait of the Samoyed’s appearance is its thick, weather-resistant coat of white. The hair forms a ruff around the shoulders. The Samoyed has small pointed ears that prick upright, and its bushy tail is usually carried upward to rest over the dog’s back to one side. The Samoyed is an Arctic dog and almost looks like a little polar bear.

They have typical spitz features: Wedge-shaped faces with long muzzles.

Their ears are triangular, small and sit atop their heads. Samoyeds have thick white coats that consist of double coats. The undercoat is dense and woolly, the outer coat is straight and coarse. They are heavy shredders and need to be brushed frequently to reduce shedding. Their ears should be checked regularly.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Samoyeds are playful, happy and gentle dogs that get along with everyone and are devoted to their families. They have an independent streak, which can make training a challenge at times. Samoyeds are active and intelligent, and they must be provided with tasks and pastimes to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. They tend to be friendly and outgoing, but their love of barking will alert owners of intruders. Samoyeds are excellent companions for families who enjoy physical outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or snowshoeing. The Samoyed is a playful, friendly dog that makes a great family dog.

Sammies tend to bond with one person in particular and are devoted companions.

They need a lot of vigorous exercise to stay happy. If they don't get sufficient exercise, they can become bored, stubborn and somewhat destructive. They get on well with other dogs and are friendly towards strangers. This dog breed tends to dig and bark.

Appearance

Colors
Cream White Yellow
Shedding
Seasonal
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

Samoyeds are heavy shedders. Brushing out the coat two to three times a week will help to reduce some of the shed accumulation in the home. Brush the teeth every other day to remove plaque and decrease the risk for developing periodontal disease.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • The smiling Samoyed is an ideal family companion that is outgoing, happy, devoted and playful
  • The Samoyed originated in Siberia
  • The Samoyed is also called a Sami, a Sammy, a Samoyedskaya and a Samoiedskaia Sabaka
  • The Samoyed is a sociable and happy family dog
  • The Samoyed stands 19 to 23,5 inches tall and weighs 50 to 60 pounds
  • The Samoyed has a high energy level
  • The Samoyed requires moderate grooming
  • The average lifespan for a Samoyed is 12 to 14 years

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Common Health Conditions in Samoyeds

Samoyeds live average lifespans of 12 to 14 years. Some genetic health conditions of note for this breed include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, diabetes, aortic stenosis, pulmonary stenosis, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.

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