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The Samoyed is extremely friendly, easy to train, and energetic! Could the Samoyed be the breed you've been looking for?

The Samoyed is a diversified breed that is playful, smart, loving, gentle, loyal, and easygoing. They're an ancient breed that has been around for thousands of years, working along the side of Samoyedic hunters and fisherman, a nomadic tribe in Siberia. They were used to pull sleds, herd reindeer, and hunt.

Watchful Eye

The Samoyed is a yappy breed and will quickly alert you and your family to any strangers or visitors at your home. But don't mistake them for being a good guard dog. In fact, they are the extreme opposite. They will welcome the visitors and strangers with enthusiasm.

Samoyed’s are known to be excessive barkers. If you are looking for a quiet breed, the Samoyed is probably not the best choice.

A Playful Heart Thru-n-Thru

The Samoyed is a very playful breed. High energy is this medium-sized breed's continuous speed. They enjoy acting as a running, walking, or hiking mate. Just keep in mind that this is a northern breed, so they do not handle warm and humid climates very well.

This breed will make a great team member for an agility sport, like herding, carting, flyball, or lure-coursing. They are very smart and will quickly learn tricks and commands.

Live in an apartment? The Samoyed is not a couch potato and will need a yard that is fenced in, so apartment living is not idea for this breed. They are extremely active indoors as well as outdoors.

Kid and Dog Approved!

Samoyeds would love dog beaches, dog parks, or doggy daycare. They get along very well with other dogs and will make a wonderful playmate if you currently have another playful dog.

Do you work long hours? Due to their high-energy trait, the Samoyed will not fare well left alone for many hours. They will develop behavioral problems like jumping, digging, counter-surfing, and excessive chewing (which they are known for). The key to keeping a Samoyed physically and mentally satisfied is exercise.

They play great with kids but sometimes not so much with smaller animals. A Samoyed will need proper socialization at a young age to learn how to behave nicely around the household cat (if you have one).

Grooming Galore!

If grooming isn't the first thing on your list when looking for a breed, the Samoyed should not be considered. Their beautiful white, fluffy, thick, double-coat needs daily brushings. They are heavy shedders during the shedding seasons and typically shed lightly all year round. Nail trimmings should be done every 6-10 weeks, and bathing when needed.

The Samoyed's coat coloring is white or biscuit (buff, off-white). Their coat will naturally stay white even without frequent baths.Their ears are naturally erect and their tail curls over laying on their back.

Health Concerns

Health concerns of the Samoyed include kidney disease, diabetes, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), hip dysplasia, and autoimmune skin disease. The average lifespan of a Samoyed is 12-13 years.

Adopt First

Consider looking for a Samoyed through rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

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Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe

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  • We had a couple of Samoyeds growing up. The male, Duke, was extremely hyper, but it was just a case of him loving attention and having a lot of energy. The female, Lady, was probably the sweetest animal I've ever encountered. And both were absolutely gorgeous animals.

  • I've rescued 6 of these amazing dogs . They are all truly wonderful.

  • That is awesome Janet! Thank you for sharing!

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