Samoyed Puppies

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A fun-loving, loyal, and outgoing breed

Samoyeds are the perfect combination of beauty and functionality. They are intelligent, social, and love attention, especially from their owners. They are also mischevious, a trait amplifyed by their perpetual smile.

Samoyed At a Glance

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Samoyed At a Glance

  • Size: 19"-24", 35-65 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Long, harsh outer coat with a soft, thick undercoat
  • Shedding: heavy
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Dog Group: Working
  • Common Nicknames: Sammy

Samoyed Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Samoyed has a bright, outgoing personality that's hard to match. These gentle, loyal dogs are great with children, strangers, and other pets alike. Samoyeds are at their happiest when spending time with their family members, and they form very close bonds with their owners. That said, this is not a breed that tolerates being left alone for long periods of time. Due to its history as a working dog, the Sammy likes having a job to do or something to keep them occupied mentally and/or physically. These dogs have a tendency to get bored easily, so be sure to keep training sessions short and interesting. Despite having a short attention span Samoyeds are very intelligent and willing to please, and typically take well to training.

  • Health

    Samoyeds are generally healthy but owners should be aware that this breed may have eye conditions, glaucoma, hip and elbow dysplasia, Samoyed Hereditary Ghlomerulopathy, patellar luxation, and hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus. Reputable breeders should have health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation. Because their coats help them live in cold climates, Samoyeds do not enjoy hot weather and can easily overheat.

  • Activity Level

    They are an active breed and should be excercised mentally and physically every day. They do not do well if they are left alone, so leaving them to play by themselves in the yard is not enough. They excel at obedience training and are happiest when their excercise includes a job to complete.

  • Grooming

    Samoyeds are high maintenance when it comes to grooming. This breed should be brushed no less than once a week but during shedding season will need to be brushed daily. Slicker brushes, pin brushes, and metal combs are best for grooming Samoyeds. Samoyeds should be bathed around once every 6-8 weeks and when they get dirty.

  • Shedding

    Samoyeds shed all year round and fully shed their coat once or twice a year when seasons shift in the spring and fall.

  • Appearance

    The Samoyed's long, white, double coat is beautiful, but also can keep them warm even in the most brutal conditions. The corners of their mouth are turned up, giving them the appearance of a perpetual smile. Their ears stand erect, and their long and fluffy tail curls up onto their back. Their white coat is contrasted by dark brown eyes and a black nose.

  • History

    The Samoyed breed was once the dog of the Siberian Samoyede people. The Samoyede lived as nomads, traveling from place to place with the help of their dogs, who pulled their sleds. These working dogs are the ancestors of the Samoyed we know today. During the late 1800s, the Samoyed ventured out of Siberia and began pulling sleds on polar expeditions. It was around this time that the breed appeared in England. In 1906, the first Samoyed came to the United States, but it wasn't until after World War II that the breed's popularity really took off. Today, the Samoyed is moderately popular in the United States and can be seen in many dog shows across the country.