Of course, all dogs are adorable, you will obviously get no argument here. But, the Samoyed dog breed just seems to have that extra something special, and looking like the canine version of a polar bear only enhances their adorable charm. However, these fluffy balls of fur are so much more than simply a pretty face. They make a great addition to most families.
Thought to be named after the Samoyed Tribe, this breed was once used as a working dog in Siberia. They would pull sleds, hunt for food, as well as give their tribe protection. They were also used for the herding of reindeer as well as being in charge of keeping them safe. They truly are one of the most fascinating dog breeds, and here are 15 reasons exactly why that is.
15. Look, Mom, I’m Drool-Free
One of the Samoyeds’ most well-known (and beloved) features is the shape of his mouth. The lips curl up at the ends, making it look as though he is smiling. And, more than likely he is, but there is also another advantage to your Samoyed’s brilliant grin. Their mouth shape also prohibits excessive drooling. That’s right, Samoyeds, unlike many of their shaggy-haired friends, are almost unable to drool. On another note, their minimal or lack of drool can make them susceptible to overheating in extreme heat. See lucky number 13 below!
14. They’re Built To Last (And To Thrive In Varying Environments)
Cute as they may be, these dogs are also very powerful. They were bred to be sled dogs and as such, they are also incredibly adaptable to varying degrees of cold weather. Both their strength and endurance ensure this is no weak-bred dog. But, it likewise means that since they were made to be working dogs, they are at their best having something worthwhile to do. This is not a breed that will be satisfied hanging out on the couch every day. Boredom can cause them to become destructive as well as display other unwanted behaviors.
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13. Beware Of Excessive Heat
You would think that their heavy coat would trap the heat, but the Samoyeds coat is insulated so he can manage pretty well in warmer climates. But, like any dog, he can get overheated and/or suffer from heatstroke, especially when considering their low drooling ability. This breed should not be kept outside for long periods of time and never without fresh, cool water as well as plenty of shaded areas to hide out in. After playing outdoors, be sure to check for signs of overheating and/or heatstroke. Some of the most common symptoms of overheating in dogs:
- Bright red tongue and/or gums
- Excessive or labored panting
- Glassy/glazed eyes
- Increased heart rate
- Vomiting or dry heaving
- Odd behavior
If you notice any of these symptoms, or think that your pooch has become overheated, please bring him to the veterinarian’s office for an exam, as soon as possible.
Bonus tip: Never, ever, shave your Samoyed. For one, their coat is one of their best features, but two, it makes them more susceptible to heat as well as putting them at risk for sunburn.
12. He Certainly Ain’t No Loner
Even in the days with their namesake, the Samoyed tribe, these dogs were the most content being with their family, furry and otherwise. These dogs will never be very happy being loners. They need to be social and if they are not, it can cause behavioral issues.
11. They Shed…A Lot
While it’s true that their beautiful, dense, double coat is one of the Samoyeds’ best features, it also means an excess of shed fur. Some dogs are mistakenly thought to be hypoallergenic (although no dog actually is), this is usually because the breed in question is a lightshedder. This doggy version of a polar bear is the exact opposite. If you have pet allergies, then you may want to choose another, less furry, breed.
10. Great Breed For Households With Kids
The breed does absolutely fantastic with both kids and other pets, especially when they’re raised together. Now, as with any pet, they should be supervised when interacting with the kids. This is especially important when it comes to the Samoyed breed, strictly due to their energy and strength. They would never intentionally hurt a member of their tribe, two-legged or otherwise.
09. There’s A Bite-Sized Version (Or At Least A Little Bit Smaller One)
While technically there is no ‘miniature Samoyed’ breed, some of the European-bred Samoyeds seem to have been bred a bit smaller than their American counterparts. While the larger ones start at about 50 to 60 pounds fully grown, some European ones only grow to around 30 to 32 pounds as an adult.
08. They Tend To Be Independent Thinkers
This is a lovely way to say that they are stubborn and hard-headed. And, it is completely true. The Samoyed breed can be incredibly stubborn. This makes them a bit more difficult to train, especially if not correctly done at a young age. Be prepared to be very patient. They are extremely intelligent, you just have to get past that metaphorically thick skull of theirs.
07. No Wolf Or Fox Lineage
Thanks to recent DNA testing and research, it has been discovered that the Samoyed has no wolf or fox lineage. This breed, along with the Alaskan Malamute, and Huskies, are in a group of about 12 breeds that are closest to their wild dog ancestry. In fact, many believe that this is quite close to what wild dogs used to look like.
06. They Love To Get Dirty
Not unlike wearing your favorite white shirt and automatically spilling something on it, Samoyeds just can’t wait to get that pristine white coat filthy. Just like Onni, who was featured in People Magazine, Samoyeds enjoy nothing more than running and playing in the muck. They are most certainly not afraid to get down and dirty, especially with their furry friends. You will be having lots of bath time fun with this precocious little pooch.
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05. Samoyed’s Are Quite High-Maintenance
As far as dog breeds go, the Samoyed is definitely near the top of the high-maintenance list. They are high energy and need a decent amount of exercise, and a simple walk around the block won’t do. When this breed gets bored (or lonely for that matter), they tend to be destructive (digging, chewing, etc.). They are also quite adept at escaping, so you’ll need to keep him leashed or fenced in. Regular grooming is essential as well, to avoid your Samoyeds fur from matting.
04. Be Prepared For Medical Expenses
According to the Samoyed Club of America, an estimated seven percent of Samoyeds will suffer from hip dysplasia at some point in their lives. This is a painful condition and can greatly affect the quality of life for your dog. The treatment is quite expensive, sometimes reaching into the thousands. Putting your puppy on a wellness plan or health insurance at an early age can help offset costs. Prevention is always the best medicine. Other medical conditions that the Samoyed are prone to suffer from:
- Heart issues
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
03. They Are Not Cheap (But They ARE Worth It)
All full-bred puppies are pricey, but you can expect to pay more for your lovable ball of white fluff. Samoyed puppies can cost anywhere from $1,000 all the way up to $3,500! While this is a large chunk of change, these sweet, loyal pups are totally, 100%, worth it.
02. They Make Great Alert Dogs – Too Sweet To Be Guard Dogs
While he will be the first to let you know that someone is approaching, or that he hears an unusual sound, these dogs do not make the best guard dogs. They simply love people too much, regardless of their intentions. Your Samoyed would be more likely to cover a bad guy with kisses than to attack in any way, shape, or form.
01. They Are Loyal, Almost To A Fault
Just as in their tribe days, Samoyeds take their loyalty to, and protection of, their family very seriously. They might have one person in the family that they are particularly close to but at their core, this breed is completely loyal to each and every member. You truly couldn’t find a more faithful and loving canine companion.
In conclusion, the Samoyed is a breed that encompasses a remarkable blend of history, intelligence, beauty, and affection. From their Siberian origins to their roles in modern society, Samoyeds continue to enchant and uplift those fortunate enough to share their lives. Whether you’re a Samoyed enthusiast or a curious observer, the amazing facts about this breed undoubtedly leave an indelible mark.
FAQs: Clearing Up Your Concerns about Samoyeds
Let’s address some common questions and concerns that individuals may have about Samoyeds.
1. Are Samoyeds good for first-time dog owners?
Yes, Samoyeds can be suitable for first-time dog owners who are prepared to meet their grooming and exercise needs. Their friendly nature and adaptability make them welcoming companions.
2. How do I manage shedding in Samoyeds?
Regular grooming, especially during shedding seasons, is essential to manage their double coat. Brushing and maintaining a consistent grooming routine can significantly reduce shedding.
3. Do Samoyeds get along well with other pets?
Yes, Samoyeds generally have a friendly disposition and can get along well with other pets.
4. Are Samoyeds good guard dogs?
While Samoyeds may alert their owners to potential threats with their vocalizations, they are not typically known for aggressive guarding behavior. Their friendly nature often extends to strangers.
5. How much exercise do Samoyeds need?
Samoyeds are an energetic breed and require regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. Daily walks, playtime, and mental stimulation contribute to their well-being.