Samoyed Dog Breed Information

Samoyed Quick Facts
Breed Group: Working Group
Origen: Northwest Russia and Western Siberia
Nickname: Smiley, Smiling Sammy, Sammy, Sam
Weight: 35-65 lbs
Height: 19-24 inches
Color(s): White, white and biscuit, cream, or all biscuit

Samoyed Appearance

The Samoyed is a medium-sized compact dog that combines strength, agility, dignity and endurance. His body is slightly longer than it is tall. The nose color can be black, brown, or liver. The almond shaped eyes are usually black or brown in shape and deep-set, somewhat wide apart. The ears are erect, triangular and slightly rounded at the tips. The tail is moderately long and well covered with hair, carried rolled on the back or side when he is alert.

The Samoyed coat is heavy and weather-resistant. The undercoat is soft, short and thick, whereas the outer coat is long, coarse, and straight. The most common colors are white, white and biscuit, cream, or all biscuit. The weight of the Samoyed is around 35-65 pounds; and the height is around 19-24 inches.

Samoyed Temperament

The Samoyed is gentle, very devoted, easy-going, friendly and quite playful. The breed is characterized by an alert and happy expression which has earned the nickname "Sammy smile". A Samoyed needs daily mental and physical exercise; they are vigorous, athletic, working dog that enjoys hiking, herding, weight pulling, sledding, guarding or even keeping their owners warm. When Samoyeds become bored they may begin to dig and some also enjoy eating foreign objects.

Samoyeds are excellent companions for children and the elderly. They get along usually well with strangers, other dogs and pets. Samoyeds' friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; but he enjoys watching everything and will bark as a warning if something new and exciting is happening outside, making him an excellent watch dog.

Is Samoyed the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Samoyed is very active and need a good workout everyday. It can be especially difficult to train this breed to walk on a lead, because these dogs were bred to pull and have no problem pulling its owner on a leash rather than walking alongside. The Samoyed will do fine in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised; but they do best with a fenced-in yard, as they will chase a cat or squirrel that they find interesting. Samoyeds enjoy being with their families all the time, and everywhere. Lonely Samoyeds are known for chewing the hair off their legs and tails. Their heavy coat makes these dogs unsuited to life in very hot climates.

Samoyed Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Samoyed is around 10-12 years.

Samoyed Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), and Hip dysplasia. They are also prone to eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and other retinal problems, skin allergies, hypothyroidism, gastric torsion and diabetes.

Samoyed Care and Grooming

The Samoyed Thick coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week to prevent matting and daily when is shedding. Brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Samoyed Shedding

The Samoyed is seasonally heavy shedders, you'll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture, on your countertops, etc, and therefore is not well suited to allergy sufferers.