The Samoyed is alert, intelligent, active and friendly. Samoyeds are gentle and patient with children, but can become dominant towards other dogs and will chase other pets unless socialized with them as a puppy. Their temperament can be contradicting in that they are cheerful, intelligent and reasonably obedient, yet they never follow your orders consistently and can be very stubborn. Early training with Samoyeds is essential and is no easy task. Repeatedly practising the same commands can have a negative effect on this breed and variety in the drills is important.
Samoyeds tend to shed heavily in early summer and they need frequent brushing and combing to remove the loose hairs. A comb with a double row of metal teeth is ideal for removing the dead hairs from the undercoat. These dogs are reasonably demanding with their grooming but Samoyeds are very tolerant and can submit for hours while being brushed.
Samoyeds need plenty of exercise and should be taken on regular walks once fully grown. They are happy to run alongside a cycle to burn of energy. These dogs are prone to wander and should be kept in a fenced-off backyard.
Samoyeds are herding dogs from northern Russia and were named after the nomadic tribe that they served. They were responsible for herding and guarding masses of reindeer. These dogs worked closely with the tribes and even shared their tents. The Samoyed was also occasionally used to pull sleds or boats, however this work was usually reserved for the reindeers. This breed was not introduced to the West until 1889.
General Appearance: Brilliant white, cheerful and strong.
Color: Pure white or white with biscuit or cream.
Coat: The straight outer coat is harsh and grows through the thick, soft undercoat. The coat should stand away from the body and is weather resistant.
Tail: Set high, long and carried over the back.
Ears: Thick, erect and slightly rounded at the tip.
Body: The body is slightly longer than tall with a deep, wide chest. The back is broad, strong and of medium length and the ribs are well sprung.
- Samoyeds are known to be very vocal, especially when they are enjoying themselves, which is most of the time.
- Samoyeds tend to remain playful into old age.