Dog Profiles - Description of Samoyed


Description: The Samoyed is a good-natured, mischievous, family dog who has a fondness for people, especially children. The beauty of a Samoyed, with his smile which extends from ear to ear, will attract attention when he is out. An owner of a Samoyed should be some one who is willing to give of his time in both grooming and activity. He does not shed, instead you will find his woolly undercoat coming out like white balls of fluff floating through the air.

Height: 18-22 inches

Weight: 50-60 lbs.

Colors: Pure white, white and biscuit, cream; outer coat silver-tipped.

Coat: Harsh, but not wiry, and straight, with thick, soft, short undercoat.

Temperament: Intelligent, alert, affectionate. Loves children. Okay with pets, but prefers children. Good herding dog, watchdog, sled dog, hunting dog, and family pet. Will give low growls or sharp barks when strangers approach. Poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Brushing of his coat two to three times a week is necessary, plus extra care should be taken during bi-annual shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Needs reasonable amount of daily exercise which should consist of walks, free exercise in yard or large area and some type of working activity.

Training: Difficult to train, intractable when uninterested or commanded harshly. Training should begin early for a Samoyed puppy as they can be willful if bored. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Low, Problem Solving: High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Rural or suburban. Will adapt to kennel living if his daily activity involved people. He is unsuited for hot climate because of his heavy coat.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, diabetes.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 5-9

Country of Origin: Russia

History: Named after a nomadic tribe which lived in the tundra of northern Russia, he was used as a herd and guard dog responsible for keeping masses of reindeer together. He still is used today as a sled dog in the Artic.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC(GB), UKC