All About the Samoyeds
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The Samoyed is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 21 to 23.5 inches.
Weight: 45 to 65 pounds.
Females – Height: 19 to 21 inches.
Weight: 30 to 50 pounds.
Samoyeds are commonly:
–white with biscuit
Samoyeds are gentle, playful dogs who adore their owners and love just about any human. They can also be mischievous, however, especially when left to their own devices. Samoyeds are smart dogs and good, hard workers who make terrific companions.
Samoyeds have a lot of energy that must be burned off.
They enjoy long walks or brisk jogs, as well as vigorous backyard play sessions. If they do not receive enough mental and physical stimulation, the breed can become destructive, digging and barking.
- Samoyeds carry a heavy, weather-resistant double coat. The undercoat is thick to protect the breed from cold weather, while the outercoat is straight with a silvery sheen.
- Samoyeds are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, needing brushed two or three times per week unless they are shedding, when they should be brushed every day.
- They have distinctive mouths with black lips that rise up in the corners into the so-called “Samoyed smile.”
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Samoyeds is canine hip dysplasia. Gastric torsion is less common but still occurs within the breed, while progressive retinal atrophy is seen occasionally.
Samoyeds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Samoyeds are wonderful pets for families with children as well as those with elderly members. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other pets.
- Samoyeds are native to Siberia, where they were used to herd reindeer and hunt.
- The breed was used as a sled dog in expeditions to the South Pole in the early 20th century.
- Samoyeds do not have any mix of wolf or fox in them, making them the closest modern breed to a primitive dog.