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German Shepherd Samoyed Mix: Pictures, Care, Info & More

Written by: Kathryn Copeland

Last Updated on June 5, 2024 by Dogster Team

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German Shepherd Samoyed Mix: Pictures, Care, Info & More

If you love the German Shepherd and are enamored with the Samoyed but can only get one dog, why not go with a mixed breed? The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix will give you the best of both worlds, so you’ll find yourself with a fluffy and devoted companion.

If you’re interested in learning more about this rare mixed breed, let’s discuss what you can expect if you bring home one of these dogs.

Breed Overview

Height:

20–24 inches

Weight:

40–80 pounds

Lifespan:

8–14 years

Colors:

Black, brown, white, tan, cream, gray

Suitable for:

Active families or singles, house with a backyard

Temperament:

Energetic, intelligent, protective, affectionate, adaptable, playful

The kind of temperament and appearance that a German Shepherd Samoyed Mix will ultimately have depends on which parent breed they take after the most. So, it helps to look at the purebred parent breeds and where they share similarities and differences.

As far as appearance, the Samoyed is famous for their smile and gorgeous white and fluffy double coat. German Shepherds (GSDs) also have double coats, and while they can come in several colors, they are most commonly found in the traditional tan-and-black coat.

The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix will definitely have a double coat, but how much fluff and what color they end up with is up in the air. Most of these dogs have some white mixed in with black and tan.

German Shepherd Samoyed Mix Characteristics

Energy
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High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Trainability
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Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Lifespan
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Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Sociability
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Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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German Shepherd Samoyed Mix Puppies

Finding this dog will be a challenge because they are fairly rare. You’ll want to use a reputable breeder to ensure a healthy and responsibly bred puppy.

You can start by speaking to Samoyed and German Shepherd breeders, as they might be able to steer you in the right direction for this particular mixed breed. If you find a breeder, you should ask them plenty of questions to ensure that they are ethical.

You can try posting about your interest in the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix on social media. Someone out there might know where you can find one.

You can also consider adopting a puppy or adult dog, but the chances of finding this particular breed at your local rescue or animal shelter are slim.

The PArent Breeds of the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix
Image Credit: (L) Nikolai Tsvetkov, Shutterstock | (R) Zanna Pesnina, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix

Both parents of the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix are intelligent, energetic, and devoted dogs, so you can expect their offspring to have the same qualities.

The mixed breed will be playful and affectionate, but how they are around strangers will depend on whether they take more after the German Shepherd—in which case, they will be wary—or the Samoyed, which loves everyone they meet.

Also, Samoyeds don’t do well being left alone for long, and while the German Shepherd can handle it better, chances are that their offspring will need someone home much of the time.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Both the Samoyed and GSD are excellent family dogs, so the mixed breed is almost guaranteed to be one too. They are protective and playful, so they can make wonderful companions for children.

But you’ll need to teach your children how to treat dogs with respect, which means no riding dogs like horses, pulling their ears, or teasing them. If the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix is socialized well with the children and is treated well, they will all get along famously!

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?  

Both the Samoyed and German Shepherd can get along with other pets if they have been socialized and raised alongside them. Both breeds don’t always get along with other dogs, so the mixed breed will likely follow suit.

They will get along well with cats and dogs that they are familiar with, but it might be trickier with strange animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a German Shepherd Samoyed Mix

Food & Diet Requirements

How much you need to feed your German Shepherd Samoyed Mix depends on a few factors: their age, size, and activity level.

You’ll need high-quality dog food geared for an energetic large breed. How much you feed them will also depend on those factors, so follow the guidelines found on the dog food packaging. You can also speak to your vet about the best food for your dog and how much you should feed them.

You should go easy on feeding them treats, particularly human food, and ensure that they have constant access to fresh and clean water.

Exercise

The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix is an energetic dog that will need someone to take them for long walks and maybe hikes, jogging, and bike rides. They will need a minimum of 60 minutes of walking daily in addition to playtime. Active owners are required!

Training

The German Shepherd and Samoyed are both quite trainable due to their intelligence and tight bonds with their owners. The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix should also be fairly easy to train with consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement.

Grooming ✂️

The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix will have a double coat and likely medium-length fur, so they do require a fair bit of grooming. They’ll need to be brushed two or three times a week and daily during the summer and fall shedding seasons.

Double-coated dogs shed excessively, so staying on top of the brushing is essential. They will need a bath about every 1 or 2 months. Just be sure to only use good dog shampoo. Anything else (like human or cat shampoo) will dry out the skin and irritate it.

Finally, trim your German Shepherd Samoyed’s nails every 3 to 4 weeks, brush their teeth every day or at least two to three times a week, and clean their ears about once every 1 to 2 months.

Health and Conditions

The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix comes from two healthy breeds, and since they aren’t purebred, they might be less likely to inherit the health conditions that purebred dogs are prone to. But it’s still smart to be familiar with the medical issues that their parents are genetically predisposed to.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
Serious Conditions

Male vs. Female

With most dog breeds, the males tend to be larger than the females. While it’s likely that the same can be said for mixed breeds, it also tends to depend on which parent they take after most. The Samoyed is smaller than the German Shepherd, so the size of the offspring entirely depends on which parent they take after physically.

Beyond size, there’s the surgery to consider. Male dogs should be neutered and females spayed, which helps prevent pregnancy, behavioral issues, and future health problems. Just be aware that spaying is a more invasive surgery, which means a longer recovery time, and it is more expensive.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix

1. The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix Needs a Job to Do

The German Shepherd and Samoyed were bred to be working dogs. The Samoyed was bred to hunt, pull sleds, and act as watchdogs in the coldest parts of Siberia.

The German Shepherd was bred as a shepherding dog but was eventually used in wars, security, and a host of other jobs. This guarantees that their offspring will need something to do, as is the case with all working breeds.


2. The Mixed Breed Might Inherit the Spitz Tail

The German Shepherd has a lovely brush-like tail, and the Samoyed is a spitz dog with a traditional tail that’s quite fluffy and curls over their back. The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix might have something in between, but they will definitely have a fluffy tail.


3. The Samoyed Smiles to Prevent Icicles

Samoyeds are known for looking like they are smiling, and there’s a good reason for that. Samoyeds were bred in Siberia, where the temperature can average -41 degrees Fahrenheit!

The Samoyed’s lips curve up to prevent the dog from drooling, which would form icicles in the frigid weather. The mixed breed might inherit the Samoyed’s smile.

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Final Thoughts

The German Shepherd Samoyed Mix is an active and energetic dog that will need an owner to keep up with their exercising needs.

Due to those double coats, you should be prepared for a great deal of shedding and grooming sessions. But these dogs will do better in cooler/colder weather.

With the proper socialization and training, the German Shepherd Samoyed Mix is a phenomenal dog, which is unsurprising when you consider how fantastic the parent breeds are!


Featured Image Credit: LNbjors, Shutterstock

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