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Friendly, lively, and sociable

About the Samoyed

The Samoyed seems to have a permanent doggy grin on its face, earning it the name ‘Smiling Sammy’. True to that name, most Samoyeds are friendly, happy-go-lucky dogs that are constantly on a natural high at the wonders of the world.

Most Samoyeds are affectionate dogs who enjoy being the centre of the family’s attention. Their charms aren’t only reserved for their owners, as they are fast friends with strangers and other dogs.

Living with a Samoyed can sometimes be challenging due to their high grooming and exercise needs, but they are wonderful companions for active owners who don’t mind a little fur around the house.

smiling samoyed lying on grass

Samoyed Breed Characteristics

48 to 60 cm at the shoulder

50 to 60 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 14 years

Coat Colours
White, cream, biscuit

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Samoyed, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Samoyed Breed History

Samoyed dogs can be traced back to the Samodeic people of Siberia. They have been an integral part of life in the harsh climate of the Taimyr Peninsula, serving as guard dogs, sled dogs, and hunting dogs for thousands of years. The breed has also been a stalwart family companion, keeping children company and helping keep families warm at night.

The Samoyed was introduced to the rest of the world in the late 18th century by Arctic explorers who brought home some dogs from their adventures.

Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom can likely be credited with making the breed popular, as she was a big fan of the dogs, and many present-day English and American Samoyeds can trace their heritage back to her kennels.

Caring For a Samoyed

How to Choose a Responsible Samoyed Breeder

A puppy from a reputable Samoyed dog breeder has the best chance of growing into a well-behaved, healthy adult dog. Ethical breeders should be able to tell you about the genetic profile of their dogs, and alert you to any potential health issues.  When looking for a Samoyed puppy for sale, try to arrange a visit to the breeder’s premises if they are close by to your location. This gives you a chance to meet the puppy’s parents so that you can tell whether the dogs are well-treated and happy.

Samoyed FAQ

No. They are not a good choice to be backyard dog sthat do not get much attention throughout the day. They want to be part of family activities and need lots of physical and mental stimulation.

No. While they are alert and adept at warning their owners of anyone approaching, they are not suited to guarding property as they are far too friendly. They are more likely to welcome intruders than to attack.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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