The Samoyed: A Complete Guide

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If you are looking for a dog that carries the genes for hunting, sled pulling, tracking and keeping an eye on the household, the Samoyed might be a great choice for you.

The Samoyed is a working dog that can sometimes be strong-willed, yet always has that friendly attitude towards the people he loves.

He is a devoted family dog that needs to be with his family and needs his family to need him.

But, how does one find a high-quality Samoyed puppy? How can you be sure that the breeder you found isn’t a puppy mill owner or a backyard breeder?

How can you be sure that the puppy you buy is healthy, with good genetic heritage, and with a temperament that will suit you and your family?

These questions are the reason why we decided to come up with this guide. We want to teach you everything we know about this breed so that the choice you make at the end is a well informed and a right one.

To start off, let’s first take a look at some questions and things you should know before buying a Samoyed puppy.

The Samoyed Puppies – Before You Buy…

A white Samoyed being held by its owner
Samoyed needs a committed owner.

First of all, before you even decide that you want to buy a Samoyed puppy, you need to know if you don’t have to take a bank loan to buy it.

So, let’s see if the price range of this breed fits your budget.

What price are the Samoyed puppies?

On average, for a purebred, healthy, Samoyed puppy from a reputable breeder, you can expect a range that starts at around $700 and goes up to $2000 or even higher if we are talking about a showcase puppy material.

But, for a high-quality puppy with both parents cleared for genetically heritable conditions, a puppy that you just plan on having as a companion, not a competitor, you will have to cash out around $1K.

Which is not that expensive considering the quality of the puppy and the assurance that it doesn’t have any hidden medical issues that will bother him later.

How to find reputable Samoyed breeders?

Finding a reputable dealer can be a horror story or a walk in the park. It just depends on how good you are at spotting the red flags and asking the right questions.

For example, if you notice that a certain breeder has always available puppies type of ad, you are most likely dealing with a puppy mill owner and those should be avoided at all costs!

Another red flag is the ability to pay online and have your dog delivered to your home? Not only that this is risky and that you can simply just lose the money, but even if you get the puppy delivered, it will be in terrible health shape.

Furthermore, if a breeder doesn’t have a complete medical history for all of his dogs and puppies, don’t buy a puppy from him.

And if you don’t have an insight into the health conditions the pup’s parents have or haven’t been cleared, there’s no way of knowing if the puppy will have some genetic problems as it grows up…

Those are all NO GO situations.

On the other hand, when you are talking to a reputable breeder that loves his dogs and the breed in general, you will notice that right from the start.

He will share with you everything he knows about the breed, about how to take proper care of your puppy, how to feed it, and so on.

And, what’s most important, you don’t even have to ask him about the medical papers because that is the first thing he will provide once you meet.

They stand behind their dogs and their main goal is not money, but making the breed healthier and better.

3 Little-known facts about the Samoyed puppies

A happy Samoyed wearing a bow tie and party hat
Samoyed can be your perfect family dog.

It’s time to get more familiar with some facts about the Samoyed puppies you probably didn’t know.

  • They are always busy, busy, busy!

The Samoyeds hate standing around and doing nothing. They will always find something to keep them occupied.

To help your puppy not be bored, you can keep him active by taking him on walks, dog sports, games, hiking, and whatever comes to your mind.

  • They are smart, but also stubborn

The Samoyeds are highly intelligent, but they simply don’t like being bossed around. They will react positively to training even while still pups.

But, if at a certain moment they don’t feel like doing something you want them to, they will simply do what they want.

  • They love the kids!

Among other purposes that the Samoyed was originally bred for in Siberia, was keeping an eye on the kids and keeping them safe by playing with them.

This is something that they love doing even today, and as soon as you bring the puppy home, you will notice how it “melts” around the kids and babies.

Physical Traits of the Samoyed

This is the section where we discover the full-grown size of the Samoyed, as well as his expected lifespan. A little hint, he is not that big, but has the strength of a much bigger dog!

How big is a full-grown Samoyed?

The male Samoyeds tend to be bigger than females and they usually range from 21 to 24 inches in height, while their weight goes up to 60 pounds, if not overweight, then it can be much more, but that is not good for their heart and the entire body in general.

On the other hand, females are slightly shorter and go from 19 to 21 inches in height, but when it comes to weight, there isn’t much of a difference. They can go up to 55 pounds in weight.

What is the life expectancy of the Samoyed?

The Samoyeds are not a small dog breed and unfortunately, they don’t have a long lifespan.

When we say long, we are comparing it with a lifespan of some smaller dogs that can live up to 20 years.

The Samoyed’s lifespan, if properly taken care of, fed, and exercised, can live up to 12 years.

Not as much as we would love him to stay with us, but again, plenty of time for many wonderful memories.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Samoyed

Three Samoyed dogs sitting together
Samoyed is a cheerful pet.

The Samoyed is a dog that comes with a relatively relaxed attitude, an easy-going personality, and loyalty and love towards his human family.

The breed was developed hundreds of years ago, by a Siberian tribe known as Samoyede, and its main roles were pulling sleighs, hunting, reindeer herding, and protecting the people from predators such as bears.

Also, they discovered that the dogs liked spending time with the kids, therefore, they started using them as excellent babysitters as well, and even to keep them warm at night while they sleep.

From that time on, and even today, the Samoyeds are dogs that are characterized as intelligent, family dogs, and they deserved that description.

Usually, Samoyeds get attached to one person from the family, but they do love the whole family nevertheless.

They are most happy when they feel like they belong to a family because they have been around people for a long time.

If your Samoyed stays on his own, without the family, for more than a day or two, he will become depressed and heartbroken.

Even though this is a really intelligent breed, they can represent a challenge to own in a home. Especially in an apartment, because he can get very vocal and the neighbors might not like that.

He won’t bark that much, but you can expect plenty of other sounds such as howling, producing loud disagreeing sounds and who knows what else when he doesn’t like something.

So, to stop him from complaining too much, you need to keep him busy pretty much all the time. If not, he can get destructive and chew on your furniture, slippers, and shoes, or if in a yard, dig holes and chase cats and bark at birds.

His hunting genes are so much present that even if properly trained and socialized, he will have that prey drive and you simply cannot trust him to let him off the leash when going for a walk.

Furthermore, Samoyeds can be difficult to train. They are super smart and they can learn quickly, but their nature doesn’t allow them to be satisfied with the same training all the time.

So, you have to figure out an approach that will keep him interested and not bore him out.

The perfect activities for this breed are tracking and agility. They will keep both his mind and body occupied.

All in all, this is a great family dog once it grows up with the family, and once the proper angle of approach has been used for training.

But even then, they have a mind and a will of their own, which is perhaps why so many people love them.

They are gentle dogs and they love people, but they have their character and they stick to it. Which probably brings them closer to us…

Samoyed Diet

Since this is a medium-large dog, the question of finding the proper diet is not that complicated. In most cases, a quality premium kibble will do just fine.

The Samoyeds are also on the border of being able to eat large dog foods, which means that they could benefit from chondroitin and glucosamine, supplements for proper body development.

If you ask the breeder, he will tell you that the Samoyed puppies can be fed with normal puppy food, but you need to keep an eye on the percentages of fat and protein, and the number of calories.

These pups grow fast, and adding them more “fuel” to grow even faster is not a good idea. The pups and adult Samoyeds should have an overall moderate diet.

How much Exercise does a Samoyed need?

Samoyeds are active dogs and they need from 20 to 40-minute walks and exercises each day.

As mentioned above, you need to keep them interested or they will start doing whatever they want at that moment,

Again, agility and tracking are great for them, but they also like sledding, herding, obedience, and pulling weight.

The Samoyed Health and Conditions

This is an old breed and it is well known as being highly resilient to diseases. However, despite their strong immune systems, they can suffer from certain health issues.

Here’s what you should pay attention to and talk with the vet about.

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Glaucoma
  • Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Also, these are the conditions you should first talk about with the breeder, before even buying the puppy. And he should provide clearances for both parents.

My final thoughts on the SamoyedA Samoyed smiling

We are at the end of today’s guide. By now, you have learned a great deal about the Samoyed, or the smiling Sammie as many people know him.

You will have to agree that this is one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. And not just physically beautiful, but with a beautiful spirit and attitude towards life itself.

They love living life, but they are more devoted to their owner and his family and need them to feel complete.

They can, and will, be heartbroken if left without their family for a long period, and can get seriously depressed.

But, all in all, this is a cheerful moderately big dog that both calm and gentle and a great choice for families with kids and possibly other pets.

He can, though, be a little gardener and rearrange the landscape of your backyard with his digging, but he will do that only if bored or alone.

Therefore, keeping him inside where the family is a much better option, as well as letting him be occupied by “helping” you with something you are doing.

He needs a persistent owner that will have time to train him, and with the love and support of the whole family, the Samoyed can be the perfect family dog.

Thank you for reading and we hope that now you can make an informed decision about getting a Samoyed.

We hope that you liked our guide and that you will not hesitate to share it on social media so that your friends can get to know how awesome Samoyeds are!

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