Overview and History
The Samoyed is a beautiful medium sized dog, resembling a lion with its abundant and beautiful white or cream fluffy fur. It is well known for its versatility as a working dog and its thick coat which makes it ideal for cold winter conditions. It is also recognized for its black lips, which curl slightly at the corners to make it look as though it is smiling. It is one of the oldest domesticated breeds, originating in Siberia. The people who developed the Samoyed depended on them for survival and evidently treated them much like family, and Samoyed’s themselves love to be with their family. The Samoyed has a unique curly tail that touches his back unless he is relaxed.
Place of Origin
Samoyed Dog Breed Information
Best Suited for Farm Living
Tendency to Bark
Good with Children
Best With Families
Average Life Expectancy
12 – 13 Years
Working Dog – sled, herding, & hunting.
(Links below are to the Breed Standard Page for each organization)
FCI (The World Canine Organization)
Size, Height, and Weight
Height at the shoulders:
19 - 21 inches for females
21 - 23 1/2 inches for males
37 - 55 pounds for females
50 - 65 pounds for males
Double Layer Coat
Undercoat is shorter dense fur meant to keep the Samoyed warm. This undercoat is shed once or twice seasonally each year.
Daily brushing required, especially during heavy shedding periods.
White, Light Beige
Fond of People
Loyal to the family
Loyal to the Pack Leader
Friendly but stilly conservative
Friendliness Towards other Dogs
Friendly – this breed tends to prefer being around other dogs.
Friendliness towards other Pets
Friendly – this breed tends to be friendly with cats and other animals.
Friendliness Towards Strangers
Friendly – This breed tends to enjoy the presence of, and meeting, strangers.
Energy and Trainability
High Energy/High Exercise Needs – This breed tends to have seemingly never-ending energy and won’t be satisfied with one short walk a day.
A large yard and daily run is a necessity with this breed. Expect to provide regular stimulation to prevent unwanted behaviors.
Easy - This breed tends to learn commands and expectations easily. Recommended for inexperienced owners.
Additional Information About the Breed
Tips for Raising Your Samoyed
It is important to understand how attached a Samoyed becomes to its family. They want to be actively involved in your life, and need to be otherwise they truly become unhappy.
Samoyeds are carefully groomed in the show ring, and plenty of brushing and grooming will be required on an owners part. A few minutes romping in a field or the woods and that appearance is a little more rugged. If your chief interest is in the appearance of a Samoyed, you need to recognize the work that goes into it.
As with all dog breeds, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life. Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.
Samoyed Rescue and Adoption Organizations
Kyser Bearr Samoyeds (Ontario, Canada)
San Francisco Samoyed Rescue (San Francisco, United States)
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- The organization name, Web Site URL, breed/page you would like your site listed, and city and province of shelter location if applicable.
Samoyed Wikipedia, CKC, AKC, The Kennel Club (UK), and the FCI.