Spend time with a Samoyed and it becomes obvious that this is an ancient working dog. Faithful and intelligent, the Samoyed is willing to help with any task. Its temperament is gentle, trusting and noble. The Samoyed is also active and playful throughout its whole life.
- 44 - 66 pounds
- 16 - 22 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Active singles
- Cold-climate dwellers
- Farmers & ranchers
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What They Are Like to Live With
The Samoyed tends to bond with its master, but it loves everyone in the family—especially children. In fact, the Samoyed loves everyone it meets. For this reason, it might not make the best watchdog. Overall, the Samoyed loves to be around people, in the thick of the action. Don’t leave this canine alone for too long: It might get bored and start to chew things.
Things You Should Know
The Samoyed can live as long as 16 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia, skin allergies and an eye problem called PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). The Samoyed’s fluffy coat, which tends to shed heavily during the spring and fall, does require some attention. Brush it daily and give it the occasional bath.
The Samoyed needs a daily walk to stay healthy, but go easy on hot days: This dog is better suited for cooler climates. With a mostly gentle indoor manner, it will be perfectly happy in an apartment. Just keep in mind that this is a working breed, used to spending lots of time outdoors. If you can arrange for the Samoyed to work, so to speak, by all means do. It loves to be busy.
Named after Siberia’s ancient Samoyed tribe, the Samoyed lived, hunted and worked among these people for centuries. Known for its sled-pulling abilities and warm temperaments, the Samoyed is considered an age-old helper and dependable friend.
The Look of a Samoyed
The Samoyed has a solid, muscular frame covered in a thick, white, weather-resistant double coat. Its broad, wedge-shaped head has a tapered muzzle and erect, triangular ears. Its eyes, lips and nose are black. Its strong neck leads down to a deep chest, short back and a well-plumed tail that’s usually curls over the back.
Talk About Samoyeds
Patience brings love
In the first few months of owning my Samoyed, I feared she would never learn to behave. She chewed up everything, would not leave my Corgi alone, and decided my house was her bathroom. As she matured, she completely turned around. She listens and she is extremely affectionate. She doesn't not like to be alone still, but when we are home, she is a wonderful companion. She is great with our little nephews/cousins and plays well now with the Corgi. She pulls some on the leash, but not so much that I can't control her easily enough. If you have the time and patience, this is a wonderful breed and can be happy in any space...as long as you are in that space with them.
~Toddy M., owner of a Samoyed and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi
A fabulous family dog
We have a Samoyed/Labrador mix, pretty much a black Samoyed. He had issues with being alone but after 2 yrs, we have come to realize that if he is able to go outside during our absence he is much happier.
He is a great family dog, fantastic with our 7-month-old son and loves to snuggle. One bit of advice I would give Samoyed owners is is to get non-filled animal toys. This breed is a very friendly and loving breed, just be prepared to have very little alone time at home (mine likes to stay with me while I shower!).
~Jade L., owner of a Samoyed mix