The Samoyed dog is a working dog with a very distinctive appearance. Its large, fluffy white coat and sharp facial features make it a very attractive breed that continues to grow in popularity in terms of UK ownership. They’re easily identified by their pointed triangular ears and elegant curled tail - two features which define the breed as a beautiful dog. You can learn more about the characteristics of the breed and the training techniques needed to discipline a Samoyed puppy in the early stages of ownership by reading the guide below.
The origins of the Samoyed dog are in Siberian areas of northwest Russia and its name derives from the Samoyedic people who once populated the area. They’re a working dog that is classified as a Nordic Sledge Dog by the FCI (Federation Cynologique International) and are notorious for herding reindeer as well as sledge pulling, particularly in nomadic communities across the northern hemisphere. In many places, they’re also known as Bjelkiers.
Whilst they’re expert working dogs, we can assure you they make just as prolific pets - they’re loving, friendly and thrive on interacting with people.
The Samoyed can be classed as a medium to large-sized dog, usually with males measuring somewhere between 51 cm and 60 cm in height. As explained earlier, its ears will be a sharp triangular shape but covered handsomely with its stunning white fur. The tail, will be curled upwards but facing forwards, unlike many dogs whose tails face toward the back. This too is showcasing the beautifully thick Samoyed white coat. The tail is a great indicator of your dog's mood, as it’ll be significantly lowered and relaxed when they’re feeling at ease - so it’s a great way to see if your dog is in a loving mood and craving a good stroke!
The eyes really stand out as they’re usually a jet black or a dark brown, which only enhance the Samoyed’s appeal.
The mesmerising coat is actually double layered - a top section with longer, thinner hairs helps protect the second undercoat which is much shorter but thicker, to provide warmth and substance to the Samoyed’s body. This coat will shed, lightly throughout the year which means regular grooming is required, but heavily at least twice year, usually either side of the warmer months, so these periods can be very hard to eliminate hairs from around your house.
Samoyed dogs are rarely described as aggressive - if ever in fact. They’re one of the most gentle, caring dogs around and they love to play, even as they grow old. You’ll notice that the long mouth is always turned upwards, as if into a cheery smile, and ‘Smiley’ is a common nickname for this pup that’ll always remind you to keep happy when you’re down.
They’re a great family dog as they never tire of playing with children and their herding instincts will keep your little ones in check too!
Taking them for a walk is no issue either; they’re used to pulling sledges, so leading the way on a morning walk will be second nature to them.
Samoyed puppies are happy little dogs that retain their youthful figure and natural curiosity well into maturity. They have a relatively long lifespan, and the majority of Samoyed will live for between 12-16 years.
Any prospective owner will need to dedicate plenty of time to exercise Samoyed puppies, as boredom can become a major source of frustration for the breed, potentially leading to excessive barking, depression, destruction and weight gain.
In terms of breed characteristics, males will weigh around 20-30 kg, with females weighing a little less. You’ll also need to be aware that the Samoyed is not very good at coping with hotter weather, due to its arctic origins and appearance. So you’ll really need to bear this in mind when looking after your dog, as making sure they’re cool is vital to a Samoyed’s health.
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