Samoyed, also known by the nicknames Sammy and Smiley, belongs to the Spitz family and group of Working Dogs. Samoyed is one of the oldest dog breeds.
The Samoyed is gentle and dependable in heart and mind -- robust and spirited in body.
Samoyeds are usually good with other animals, but with strong chasing and herding instincts, they may take off after trespassing cats or wildlife. A securely fenced yard is a must.
It was created thousands of years ago by indigenous people of Siberia called Samoyeds. Samoyed was used to pull the sleds, herd the reindeer, keep its owners warm during the night and to facilitate hunting.
Samoyed can reach 19 to 24 inches in height and 50 to 60 pounds of weight.
Samoyed has pointed muzzle, almond-shaped, brown or black-colored eyes, triangular, erect, furry ears, compact, muscular body and long tail curled over the back.
If you want a dog who...
- Is medium to large and "spitz-like": prick ears, foxy face, thick coat, and curled tail
- Is robust and spirited and thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities, especially in cold weather
- Is usually good-natured with everyone
Samoyed sheds a lot and it requires daily brushing and combing to prevent tangling and matting of fur. Despite its long and dense coat, Samoyed doesn't have typical canine odor (even when it is completely wet).
If you don't want to deal with...
- Providing a goodly amount of exercise
- Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
- Destructiveness when left alone too much
Samoyed has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.