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The Samoyed is a medium sized dog with a
very thick, silver tipped white coat. By
the way his eyes are shaped and the way
his lips curl at the corners, it gives him
a permanent happy expression often referred
to as Samoyed Smile. And, this is a happy
breed which remains playful well into his
adult years. The Samoyed has an ancient
history traced back to northern Siberia
where he was used to herd reindeer, pull
sleds and for hunting. He was also highly
regarded by the Samoyede tribesmen who cherished
them as their faithful companions.
The American Kennel Club officially recognized
the Samoyed in the Working Group in 1906.
The height for a Samoyed dog is between
21 to 23½ inches (53 - 60 cm) and
for bitches 19 to 21 inches (48 - 53 cm)
at the withers. AKC Standard.
The weight of Samoyed dog is between 45-65
pounds (20½-30 kg) and for bitches
between 35-50 pounds (16-20½ kg).
The Samoyed has a very profuse, fluffy,
thick and weather resistant coat. The undercoat
is short and soft and has longer, harsher
hairs growing out above it to form to outer
coat. A ruff is formed around the neck and
shoulders and is thicker on male Samoyeds.
Grooming of the coat includes frequent brushings
and a bath when necessary - which for some
may be much more frequent than others depending
on the the Samyed's environment. The Samoyed
is a heavy seasonal shedder.
Colors of Samoyed's coat is pure white,
cream or white with biscuit.
The Samoyed is very intelligent, independent,
alert and friendly. This breed loves people
and makes a great companion and is also
known to be very good with children. Training
must be consistent, firm, yet patient and
very positive (much praise is needed for
this breed). The Samoyed has a history of
always having to fend for themselves therefore
developed an instinctive independent nature
- which may be mistaken as stubbornness.
Samoyeds are playful and remain so through
adult life. Daily exercise such as long
walks or a jog are necessary. Note: Be careful
with too much exercise during hot weather
months as the Samoyed's coat is so thick,
he may be come overheated.
Some health issues which can affect
the Samoyed include hip dysplasia, Progressive
Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and thyroid problems.
Also, because of the type of coat the Samoyed
has, he can easily become overheated. This
breed is also prone to flea and tick allergies.
The life expectancy of a Samoyed is between
12 - 15 years.
• The Samoyed has a happy expression
and has been referred to as Samoyed Smile,
smiley dog, or Sammy smile. This breed is
also nicknamed Sammy.
• In 1911, Samoyeds accompanied Roald
Amundsen on his successful journey to the
AKC: Working Group
ANKC: Utility - Group 6
CKC: Working - Group 3
FCI: Group 5 Section 1 Nordic Sledge Dogs
UKC: Northern Breeds