Samoyed Temperament: Loyal fluff balls with a lot of smiles

The "Smiling Sammy" has all characteristics of a happy and cheerful dog with their white coloured coat and their Spitz expression. They have built a loyal following of fans who love their friendly and playful natures. They are also in the group of the more expensive dog breeds. If you have never owned a dog before it is important to do research in order to ensure that this breed fits into your lifestyle. This guide will help answer some of your questions about living with a Samoyed!

Samoyed running in snow
A running Samoyed in the snow is an awesome sight

Samoyed history

Samoyeds were bred in Siberia, Russia and Scandinavia for their intelligence, strength, and friendly personalities. The name "Samoyed" comes from the russian word samoied meaning "self-sufficient." They lived with a nomadic tribe from northern Asia, the Samoyeds where they helped herding reindeer. That makes them one of the most ancient breeds that are genetically similar to the wolf.

Samoyeds are a medium-sized dog breed that typically weigh between 40 and 60 pounds. They have a thick double coat of fur that can come in many colors including white, black, cream, gray, and red. White is the most common one as it gives the Samoyed a truly majestic appearance. Other colours are rarer. The most distinguishing feature of the Samoyed is their smile! Their lips curl up to reveal bright white teeth which gives them a happy and friendly expression.

What is it like to live with a Samoyed?

Samoyeds are considered to be moderately active dogs and need around an hour of exercise per day. They make excellent jogging partners and love playing in the snow! Samoyeds and the snow go together like fish & chips. (If you live in the UK). They typically love it. But don't think your Samoyed is broken, if they don't like the snow ;). We have all our own traits and so do dogs.

One of the most important things to consider when owning any dog is their grooming needs. Samoyeds require regular brushing, especially in the summer when they shed more than usual. They also need their fur brushed in order to prevent mats from forming on their long coat. Trimming or clipping or shaving the Samoyed shouldn’t be done unless for medical reasons. As described the Samoyed has a double coat which insulates them from heat and cold. Interfering with it, will destroy this ability over time. If in doubt, let an expect perform the grooming. If you don’t have the financials, energy or time to devote to the grooming procedure, the Samoyed might not be the one for you. Always be honest and self-critical with yourself.

In any case, if you decide to own a Samoyed get used to using the vacuum cleaner more often than usual.

If you're considering getting a new pet for your family, one of the most important factors to consider is their temperament. The Samoyed breed has a happy and friendly personality that they carry long into adulthood. They are also quite intelligent which makes them easy to train. That also means that a bored Samoyed can be a mischievousness Samoyed.

Keep in mind that you will need to socialize your dog from an early age so that they do not become too shy around strangers. Samoyeds are friendly and love being around children or older citizens. They will show their affection openly. Samoyeds make excellent family pets for those who have the time to devote to them.

If you get more than one Samoyed, be aware of pack behaviour. They're closer to the wolves hence this behaviour can be more pronounced. Make sure you're the alpha.

White Samoyed
The smiley Samoyed face is a distinguishable feature

Samoyed characteristics in a nutshell

  • Affectionate and loyal

  • Remain puppy-like for long

  • Usually love playing in the snow

  • Can be quite strong-willed, so need early training and an alpha person

  • Grooming can be extensive

Potential diseases in the Samoyed breed

The Samoyed is mostly considered a genetically healthy breed however there is a few health issues to be aware of. Some health problems in Samoyeds include hip dysplasia and diabetes. It is important to ask your veterinarian about the health of the Samoyed before you make your final decision.

All potential dog owners should do their research on the breed they are interested in before bringing a dog into their home, to ensure they are prepared for any potential health issues, especially the financial impacts of health issues.

Many dog owners are unaware of the danger in some pet toys and accessories that can worsen health issues, when they innocently buy cheap products from the Far East. Avoid synthetic rubber play things like chew bones or tug o' war ropes from polyester; polyester collars could cause skin irritation while nylon leads absorb into your pup's skin over time! It's just the way micro plastics behave. Swap out those harmful materials with our eco friendly pet products from hemp here at Hooman’s Friend.

What else?

Another thing to be aware of is Samoyeds and hot weather. Since they have an undercoat that keeps them warm in the winter, it is important to take extra precautions during summer months. They should never be left outside for extended periods of time since their thick fur can attract heat easily. If you are bringing your Samoyed on a road trip or even just leaving them outside while running errands then make sure to bring a cold water bottle and keep them in plenty of shady areas! Leaving them in a car is a no-go as with all dog breeds.

Samoyed Fun facts Samoyeds are great “singers”. It is thought that due to their similarity with wolves, they can howl quite melodically. Their yodels can sound like singing anyway. Just play some music on an instrument and see what happens. Samoyed dogs love to harmonise.

Be sure to brush up on Samoyed characteristics and what to expect when living with one of these beautiful dogs. As the saying goes, “Dogs are not just for Christmas”. Make sure you ask yourself all relevant questions, before buying a dog so you don’t need to re-home them later in life.

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Owners voices

"I first met a Samoyed when I was 11. From then until now I constantly reupped my knowledge on the breed, watched every video I could, read every article I found, talked to every Samoyed owner I came across, petted all of the Samoyeds too of course!
I knew from the moment I met my first one that they were my perfect dog! When I looked into their temperament and characteristics, I knew it was something I could handle and be willing to put the effort in to keep them well groomed.
The things I underestimated were not things I was thinking about because I wanted a male originally, and was preparing for a boisterous lovebug, but ended up with the sweetest female I could ever dream of
She’s very independent and doesn't like being cuddled for long, she loves to have her own space but at times will also become my shadow.
Things I expected but was surprised by was her temperament with other animals. I always thought Samoyeds would have a very high prey drive, (granted some do and it will depend on the lineage of your breeder) but my girl is so gentle and I let her interact with my rabbits free range in the house she just follows them and makes sure they are safe, sniffing them as they run past.
My biggest surprise was she rarely barks, which for a Samoyed is not the most common! But I’m not complaining"

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