Allegedly, the Samoyed took the name from the population of Samoyeds settled in northwestern Siberia. Then, the selection of these extraordinary Nordic animals continued mainly in England. This breed was traditionally used to hunt, herd and haul sleds for the Siberian Samoyed people. The Samoyed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906.

Height: 19-24 inches  Weight: 35-65 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The Samoyed is a very kind, friendly and cute dog, which does not leave anyone indifferent. Samoyeds are peaceful but fairly active dogs. This breed is infinitely devoted to its master and is also quite friendly with other people. Samoyeds are very sociable animals, which makes them perfect family companions. In addition, these dogs look very beautiful. Comparable Breed:  The Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute.


The Samoyed barks little but is always ready warn the family about possible threat. This breed is not suitable for homes with small and passive animals, but Samoyeds do very well with cats, other dog breeds and small children. This is one of the most responsive of the Spitz family.

Coat / Care:

The Samoyed has a long, two-layered coat that requires constant care. The outer layer is longer and more rigid than the undercoat, but it’s still quite soft. The undercoat is short, thick and very soft. Samoyeds shed profusely during the shedding season, so they require frequent combing. The coat of this dog gets dirty easily, but it is also easily cleaned. Moreover, regular bathing is desirable.


Samoyeds are quite stubborn, willful and easily distracted. So, in order to keep the dog focused, education should be consistent, strict and diversified. This bright breed responds well to positive reinforcement techniques and is suitable for almost everyone. Keep in mind that the Samoyed is not suited to be a guard dog.


This dog breed prefers low temperatures, but it can bear living in warmer climates. The Samoyed needs active exercise and mental work. Since this dog breed quickly becomes overheated, this breed needs constant access to drinking water, especially during exercising.

Photo Credit: Anja Kosi/Flickr

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