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Samoyed Dog Breed Information

Size 21-22 in (53-57 cm)
Weight 37-66 lb (17-30 kg)
Origin Russia
Color Pure white, white, white and cream, cream
Lifespan 12-14 years
Suitable as Family dogs
Personality Friendly, good-natured, loyal, peaceful
Exercise Exercise Needs
Drooling Amount of Drooling
Shedding Amount of Shedding
Grooming Grooming Needs

Samoyed running through the snow Photo: Marina Barysheva/Shutterstock

Samoyed Breed Characteristics

The Samoyed looks like a big piece of cotton candy with a smiley face and two cute black-brown button eyes. Its white coat is so soft and light and fluffy that one might think it got to close to a socket ... It comes as no surprise that everybody wants to pet this dog immediately. This is pretty handy for this cute dog as it is enjoying every single stroke. The Samoyed is a very cheerful, gentle, friendly, loyal, confident, peaceful and affectionate dog, it is very fond of children, gets along well with other dogs and is friendly towards strangers. Do not leave the Samoyed longer alone than necessary. This dog needs to be with people. If it gets miserable because it misses its „pack“, it starts chewing on shoes or go through the garbage.

Samoyed Discipline and Training

The Samoyed is very intelligent and wants challenged physically and mentally. There is nothing more boring for this dog than just lying around. It wants to be busy at all times. It enjoys walking, playing, learning tricks and agility. Please note: The Samoyed helped in the hunt in former times. Even today, it can rarely resist chasing little animals like squirrels, rabbits or even cats. Even careful education can not help with this. It is still a hunter at heart.

Samoyed Have No Doggie Smell

For all those who want a dog, but have a sensitive nose: The Samoyed does not have - unlike many other dogs - the typical doggy smell.

Samoyed Have A "Sammy Smile"

By the way, „smiley face“ was exactly meant that way. The Samoyed is known for its „Sammy smile". Its lips are curling upwards at its ends, which is why it always looks like it's smiling.

Samoyed Pros and Cons


  • Easy to train
  • No doggie smell
  • Enjoys agility
  • Loves to learn tricks
  • Good for sporty people


  • Not a beginner dog
  • Needs lots of exercise
  • Sheds a lot
  • Doesn't deal well with hot weather
  • Not a good watch dog

Samoyed Photo: HelloRF Zcool/Shutterstock

Samoyed Appearance

You can easily identify a Samoyed easily by two special characteristics: 1. By its soft, (usually pure) white, fluffy fur, which keeps it warm at cold temperatures. 2. By its "smile", that comes from the upward curling lips. As with all Spitz breeds, the face of the Samoyed reminds of a cute fox.

Samoyed Health and Care

The Samoyed needs an considerable amount of grooming. Its coat must be combed and brushed constantly so that hair doesn't get knots and tangles or - even worse - entire parts of the coat get matted. Especially in shedding time, inexperienced dog owners can quickly be stressed out. Well, this dog is not perfect! ;)

Samoyed History and Origin

The Samoyed originates in Siberia. In former times, the Samoyed pulled sledges, were used as herding dogs and helped hunting.

Where Does the Name Come From?

The Samoyed is named after the Samoyedic peoples. The term Samoyedic refers to indigenous peoples of the Russian North who used (or use) the Samoyedic languages.

Fun Facts

Samoyed do not bark like other dogs. They howl or yodel. When they listen to music or if you sing a song, they will often sing along - in their own way ...

Comparable Breeds

Samoyed Photo: Grisha Bruev/Shutterstock

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