Samoyed

Working Group

Samoyed dog standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 19-21 in, Males 21-23.5 in

Weight

Females 35-50 lbs, Males 45-65 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Samoyed (pronounced "samma-yed") originated in Siberia almost 1,000 years ago. They were bred by the Samoyedes, a semi-nomadic group of people that migrated to Siberia from Asia to guard, hunt, herd reindeer, pull sleds, and act as space heaters at night. The Samoyedes treated their dogs as members of the family, hence why modern Samoyeds have such a sweet temperament and family-oriented nature.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Samoyeds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★★★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Happy, good-natured, sweet, and gentle

Affectionate with the whole family, but tend to pick a favorite

Make great watchdogs but are way too friendly to be guard dogs

Need companionship and don't do well when left alone for long

Can be a handful- they bark frequently and might dig, escape, chew, or find other destructive passtimes if they're bored