Intelligent, hard working, flirty, beautiful and completely charming–Samoyeds are like the person we all wish we could be. They enjoy life and everything it has to offer which means that, as their dog parent, you’ll be busy enjoying it with them.
Male: 50-65 lbs. Female: 35-50 lbs.
Get ready for a workout with this breed. They thrive on activity and need to stay stimulated and engaged with people around them. If left to their own devices, they can become bored and withdrawn. Long walks at least twice a day are a must. They also do great on runs and playing fetch in open spaces.
Be prepared for a fur explosion. Their longish hair will stick to everything and, because of the bright white color, it will stand out on almost all materials. This breed experiences seasonal shedding and hair will come out in clumps in spring and fall. Put your vacuum on high alert.
Barking and Volume:
Like all dogs, Samoyeds will bark once in a while to communicate or to alert you, but woofing isn’t a serious issue with this breed.
You can teach Samoyeds just about anything, if you make it clear that you’re a loving and patient parent, but they can get destructive if left alone for extended periods of time–especially if they don’t get enough exercise. Training classes may come in handy in order to prevent bad habits or break those that have already formed. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: Like other active dogs, Samoyeds are prone to hip dysplasia. They’re known to suffer from diabetes and certain cancers and can have sensitive skin. They may also have eye problems. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Think: High maintenance. Home grooming and professional grooming every two months.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will help break bad habits, like chewing.
Samoyeds require daily 15-minute brushing sessions to prevent matting and will benefit from professional grooming every two months.
Loving and constantly in need of affection, Samoyeds will be gentle and warm with almost any child (even ones that poke or prod). They are extremely relaxed and are not likely to become aggressive.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Always the social butterfly, Samoyeds love to play and be around other animals. They are rarely, if ever, aggressive with them. Samoyeds don’t like to fight and will only act out if cornered.
Friendliness: Towards People
Though they can be protective of their owners, this breed is more likely to roll over for a belly scratch than to attack a stranger. They’re social and love to receive affection from anyone and everyone.
BE PREPARED FOR: A gigantic ball of love and fluff…who’ll take time to groom and exercise. If you can make the commitment, it will be worth it.