Description: The Samoyed is a good-natured, mischievous, family dog who has a fondness for people, especially children. The beauty of a Samoyed with its smile which extends from ear to ear will attract attention when they are out. An owner of a Samoyed should be somebody who is willing to give of their time in both grooming and activity. Samoyeds do not shed, instead you will find their woolly undercoat coming out like white balls of fluff floating through the air.
Other Names: Samoyedskaya
Type: Northern Breeds
Height: 18 - 22 inches
Weight: 50 - 60 lbs.
Colors: Pure white, white and biscuit, cream; outer coat silver-tipped.
Coat: Harsh, but not wiry, and straight, with thick, soft, short undercoat.
Temperament: Samoyeds are intelligent, alert, affectionate
With Children: Yes, loves children.
With Pets: Yes, but prefers children
Special Skills: Herding dog, watchdog, sled dog, hunting dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High, will give low growls or sharp barks when strangers approach.
Care and Training: Brushing of their coat two to three times a week is necessary, plus extra care should be taken during bi-annual shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Samoyeds need a reasonable amount of daily exercise which should consist of walks, free exercise in yard or large area and some type of working activity. Training should begin early for a Samoyed puppy as they can be willful if bored.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High, difficult to train, intractable when uninterested or commanded harshly.
Living Environment: Rural or suburban. Samoyeds will adapt to kennel living if their daily activity involves people. They are unsuited for hot climate because of a heavy coat.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, diabetes.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years
Litter Size: 5 - 9
Country of Origin: Russia
History: Samoyeds are named after a nomadic tribe which lived in the tundra of northern Russia, they were used as a herd and guard dog responsible for keeping masses of reindeer together. They are still is used today as a sled dog in the Artic.
First Registered by the AKC: 1906
AKC Group: Working
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC(GB), UKC