Samoyed Breed Overview
The origin of the Samoyed comes from Western Siberia. Hence, taking its name from the Samoyedic people of the land. Bred to herd reindeer, hunt, and hull sleds. This dog thrives on being part of a household, while loving kids and being loyal to family. Moreover, their alertness and protectiveness make him a good watch dogs. Keep in mind, at heart he is a hunter and loves to chase anything that crosses his path. The Samoyed is known for his "Wide Smile" formed by a slight upturning on the corners of his mouth. He smiles all day! Finally, the playful, stunning white Samoyed makes an excellent companion for one of any age.
Find out more about this breed at the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Samoyed is 12-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
This dog is compact, and muscular, ranging from 50-65 pounds. They are part of the Working Group. That said, he is an active dog who needs a home with a large, secure, fenced-in yard. Further to note, condo or apartment living is not suggested. Sammies, as they are called, love to romp and play, and need to be kept mentally challenged. If left alone, he will bore easily and get caught up in naughty activities. To conclude, this lively breed requires daily exercise with vigorous walks or jogs several times a day.
Care & Grooming
A good amount of grooming will be necessary for this breed. Samoyeds are seasonally heavy shedders. Their thick, white, double coat will need frequent brushing to control shedding. That said, maintenance can be time consuming. A quick daily brush out will keep him looking good. Bathe every 6-8 weeks, however, most owners prefer to hire a professional groomer for best results.
Also, ear cleaning and teeth cleaning will need to be done regularly. Last good point, this breed is a stunning looking dog, with a powerful, commanding presence, making him well worth the upkeep. Also, they are an overall healthy breed. Always contact your vet or breeder for more information.