Beautiful and cuddly, it’s hard not to be enamored by the charms of the Samoyed. Get to know the Samoyed better in this post and see if this is the breed you want for a furry buddy.
Samoyed: Things You Might Not Know About It
The Samoyed is not just a pretty dog but it is affectionate and friendly as well. Also called Sammy or Smiley, this lovely breed was originally used to do work like pulling sleds and herding reindeer. But the Sammy is more popular as a companion these days—for a reason. Kind towards children, with a unique ability to ‘smile’, this dog breed just seems to have all the wonderful traits of an awesome pet.
What does a Samoyed look like?
The Samoyed looks striking with its beautiful and fluffy fur coat. The breed’s nickname, Smiley, is a spot-on description to its distinct smile. Because of its smiling, friendly and alert expression, it can be easy to say a Samoyed is a sweet and pleasant dog.
The breed’s physical attributes are:
- Black or brown, almond-shaped eyes
- Thickly furred ears which are erect and triangular in shape
- Very dark to black lips
- Mouth curved at the corner
- Black, brown, liver nose
- Heavily furred, moderately long tail, curled (but not tightly curled) and carried over one side of the back. The tail can fall when the dog is relaxed.
- Dense double coat in white, cream, biscuit, and white biscuit colors
- Undercoat is short, soft, and thick while the outer coat is long and harsh
- Coat is thicker, forming a ruff, around the neck and shoulders
- Thick and tough foot pads
A Samoyed is considered a medium-sized dog. It stands between 19 to 23.5 inches and weighs around 50 to 65 pounds.
…their most delightful feature, a perpetual smile, has a practical function: The mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face. (The American Kennel Club)
Where does the Samoyed come from?
The Samoyed dogs come from the cold region of Siberia. For many years, the Samoyedic tribes living in the area have been keeping Samoyeds as their companions. But these sweet and hardy dogs are not just family pets for these nomadic people; they are valuable working dogs as well. They herd reindeer, pull sleds, and hunt food.
It was only in the late 19th century when people began to take Samoyeds out of Siberia and Russia. They were either used in expeditions or given as gifts to royalty. Queen Alexandra of England was said to be very fond of the breed and many Samoyeds in the U.S. and in the U.K. today are actually descendants of the dogs from her kennel.
What are Samoyed dogs like?
Sammies are sweet, playful, and intelligent dogs. They love to be in the company of people and are especially affectionate towards children. They can get along with other dogs as well. But as they are hunters, they have the tendency to chase unfamiliar animals.
Because Sammies are working dogs, they are hardwired to live an active life. They tend to pull things or dig holes as well. To keep them stimulated, they need physical and mental exercise daily.
Sammies don’t make good guard dogs but they have the potential to do well as watchdogs. They would mostly bark loudly at strangers approaching their territory. But soon after, these friendly dogs would typically welcome them with a wagging tail.
Is the Samoyed a good family dog?
The Samoyed’s pleasant and peaceful nature makes it an ideal family dog. This fluffy fur ball basically thrives on human companionship; moreover, it is inclined to develop a bond with children. Looking at these traits alone, the Samoyed seems like a dream pet. But there are just a few things that people might want to consider:
- This breed needs daily exercise.
- Besides exercise, they need mentally stimulating activities as well.
- It sheds all year round and blows its coat at least once in a year.
- It can be destructive when bored or when left alone for a long time.
- It tends to bark often.
- It can be a bit independent.
- It thrives in cooler places.
Most of the time, it’s not about the dogs and the qualities they have that make them good family pets. It’s about the owners and how well they are able to provide quality care for their pets.
When does the Samoyed reach its full size?
Like the other medium-sized dog breeds, the Samoyed can reach its full frame in 18 months. It typically continues to fill out in weight until its about 2 years old.
What do Samoyed dogs eat?
Sammies need to eat high-quality food, which contains an adequate amount of protein and fat, as well as fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. They need nutritious and well-balanced meals to maintain good health.
An average adult Sammy can get on well with around two cups of dog food, divided into two meals, per day. Puppies, meanwhile, need three meals daily. The amount of food varies depends on a Sammy’s energy level, age, and size.
Whether a Sammy is fed raw food, commercial dog food, or homemade dog food it’s mostly the owner’s personal choice. Any of these food choices will do—what matters is that the ingredients are of excellent quality.
Before you decide what to feed your dog, you should check out some essential dog diet tips first. You need to be aware of stuff like the kind of food which may be toxic or what human food is good for your dog.
Are Samoyed dogs hypoallergenic?
Whether or not the Samoyed is a hypoallergenic dog breed is quite debatable. The Samoyed is considered hypoallergenic by some people because it does not produce as much dander (a common allergen) as other breeds. However, the Samoyed does shed almost all year round and even more profusely when it blows its undercoat once or twice a year.
The amount of shedding and the production of dander are often linked to causing reactions among allergy sufferers. Breeds that are considered hypoallergenic are typically those that shed minimally or have little dander. Even then, a hypoallergenic dog may still rouse a reaction among allergy sufferers. This said, it is important to note there is no such thing as a completely non-allergenic breed.
How much do Samoyed puppies cost?
The Samoyed is considered as one of the most expensive breeds in the world. Samoyed puppies with good pedigree can cost anywhere around $1,200 to $4,000. But some pups are sold for much, much more, even for a whopping $11,000.
Since the Samoyed is predisposed to suffer some genetic diseases, the breeding dogs need to undergo some genetic health tests, which can be costly on the breeders’ part. Hence, they need to charge more for the puppies. Vaccinations, shipping fees, and other costs may be included in a puppy’s price tag as well.
Learn more about the Samoyed in this Animal Planet video:
The smiling Sammy sure does know how to make hearts melt with its sweet and loving personality. What makes it even more adorable is its irresistibly cuddly coat. If you live in a cooler area, like to exercise, and love cute dogs, it is possible you find the best pet in a Samoyed.
Are you thinking of getting a Samoyed for a pet? Or, do you have one already? What trait do you like the most? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts by writing a comment below.
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