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They are known for their smiles, the slightly upturned corners of the Samoyed’s mouth. Samoyeds (‘Sammies’) are loving dogs with a ‘glass full’ of attitude toward life and their owners. Along with their smiles, their all-white coat is another distinct trait of this breed.

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The Ultimate Guide to Samoyeds

Key Characteristics Of Samoyeds
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Samoyed Puppy?
Most Asked Samoyed Questions
Similar Dog Breeds


They are known for their smiles, the slightly upturned corners of the Samoyed’s mouth. Samoyeds (‘Sammies’) are loving dogs with a ‘glass full’ of attitude toward life and their owners. Along with their smiles, their all-white coat is another distinct trait of this breed.


Samoyed Origins

Samoyeds were originally used for hunting reindeer for the Siberian Samoyede tribe.

In ancient times, the population of the Iranian plateau increased rapidly. This forced the stronger tribes to drive the weaker ones further into the wilderness. This is how the Samoyede people wound up in Siberia.

The Samoyede were a gentle and nomadic tribe; therefore they took their dogs everywhere they went to. This tribe used their dogs to herd reindeer as well as pull sledges that were filled with goods. They also used these dogs to keep them warm during the chilly Siberian winters.

It’s easy to see how these dogs got their sweet temper. They would eat at the campfire, snuggle in beds and were brought up within the family. These activities made them the ultimate companion.

This dog’s origins seem contrary to the Samoyed known today. Most people are fascinated by the breed’s long white coat, smiley face and affection for their owners.


Key Characteristics of Samoyeds

Are Samoyeds Family-Friendly?These dogs can be very affectionate and friendly to families with kids. They thrive on being part of household activities.
Daily Exercise Needs?
Adult samoyeds need at least one hour of exercise every day.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsHealth problems experienced by some samoyeds are:
● Hip dysplasia.
● Progressive retinal atrophy.
● Heart problems.
● Diabetes.
Lifespan12 to 14 years
Nature & Temperament
They enjoy vigorous outdoor activities, particularly in the cold weather.
Male: 20 - 30 kg
Female: 16 - 20 kg

Male: 53 - 60 cm
Female: 48 - 53 cm
Suitable EnvironmentAs long as they are getting enough exercise, they do well in the city or country.
GroomingBrush their coats at least twice a week.

Other considerations:

● Samoyeds are mainly white, cream, biscuit or white and biscuit.

● The Samoyed’s white, fluffy coat is gorgeous but it requires rigorous grooming.

● These dogs do not like sitting around. Owners should keep them active.

● If they are bored or under-exercised, Samoyeds can become destructive.

● Given their thick and luxurious coats, these dogs prefer cooler temperatures.

● They shouldn’t be exposed to heat for too long, and should have access to fresh water.


How can I take good care of my Samoyed or Samoyed Puppy?


Samoyeds thrive on raw diets. This is not surprising considering that their ancestors used them for hunting.

That said, you can still give your Samoyed dry dog food. They enjoy some extra meat or a bones to chew on from time to time. They also enjoy raw fruits and veggies.


As we mentioned earlier, Samoyeds shed heavily. Therefore, their thick coats should be brushed daily when they are shedding, and 2 – 3 times a week when they’re not. They will need bathing at least once every month or anytime they go rolling in mud.

Keep in mind that bathing a Samoyed is a long process that you’ll need to commit to. It starts with washing their coat thoroughly. You then have to rinse out the dog shampoo and allow  enough time to dry.

Recommended Grooming Tips

● It’s recommended that you brush your Samoyed’s teeth 1 – 2 times each week.

● Their nails should also be trimmed once or twice each month.

● Check their ears on a weekly basis.

● Look for any ear redness or odour, as these could be signs of an ear infection.

● Get your Samoyeds accustomed to brushing when they’re still in the puppy stage.


By nature and their ancestry, Samoyeds are a working breed, therefore they need to be kept busy through exercise. The easiest way to exercise this dog is to take them for a walk. You can also engage them in a game of fetch or tug of war.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed game, then finding-the-treat is a better exercise option. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the treats.


Samoyeds are highly-intelligent. This explains why they respond well to firm and consistent training. It’s advisable to start this form of training as early as possible.

During training, make it known to your dog that you are the alpha. Simply put; be assertive in your decisions.

Most Asked Samoyed Questions

What do Samoyeds look like?

They are strong, observant and agile dogs that carry themselves with dignity. They have wedge-shaped heads. They also have black lips that curve upward, to give them the ever-present smile.

What is it like to live with samoyeds?

Samoyeds are a medium maintenance dog breed. They fare well on raw diets and premium-quality dog food.

They are high-energy dogs so they need daily exercising. Other than that, they like spending time with their human counterparts. This can be in the form of working or exercising.

How much is a Samoyed?

Samoyed puppies for sale cost between $1000 – $3000 approximately.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.


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