‘Smiling Sam’: Learn About the Samoyed Dog Breed

samoyed dog breed info

They’re so fluffy! The arctic-ready, sturdy Samoyed breed makes excellent pets for active owners. They tend to get along well with other pets (especially if raised with them) and children. The curved corners of their mouths give the appearance of a permanent smile. However, experts hold it’s a genetic trait that serves a purpose; the upward-facing corners keep a Samoyed from drooling, preventing icicles from crystallizing on the dog’s mouth. Ready to learn more about Samoyed breed? Read on.

Do Samoyeds Bark a Lot?

There’s no way around it, Samoyeds are barkers. According to Furbo Dog Camera, Samoyeds topped the company’s 2018 Santa’s naughty list (out of 15,000 dogs) with an average of 52.8 barks a day. 

While this breed tends to be friendly with other pets, children, and even strangers, Samoyeds will alarm bark and can become nuisance barkers if left alone at home for long periods. Samoyeds have a reputation for being howlers, too, especially when left alone. Before you lose your mind with your pet, take a breath, and learn what you can do to reduce your dog’s barking. 

How to stop Samoyeds from barking?

No matter what practices you put into play, your Samoyed will never fully stop barking; that’s merely his way of communicating with you, other humans, and animals. 

Unlike territorial barking, where your pet alerts you to a person or animal that’s in or approaching his territory, alarm barking is about every noise and sight. A combination of an ultrasonic training tool and verbal commands can reduce your pet’s alarm barking. 

The Samoyed temperament doesn’t do well at home alone and they may bark like fools the entire time you’re gone, which can quickly annoy your neighbors. To reduce this behavior make sure your Samoyed gets plenty of exercise before you leave. When tired, he’s more likely to rest than vocalize. Other things you can do to comfort your pet include:

  • Play music or the TV in the background. The sound may be relaxing and cloak noises your dog would hear.
  • Close curtains and blinds to prevent outside distractions from bothering your dog.
  • Leave something with your scent on it behind to calm your pet while you’re gone.

The worst thing you can do is yell at your pet when it is barking. Your frustration can stoke its fear and increase its barking. Keep calm and be consistent with training and commands. 

Facts About the Samoyed 

Samoyeds are bred to work, and as such, these energetic dogs require daily exercise. Unlike most children, this breed thrives when given tasks to perform; after all, Samoyeds are bred to herd or pull sleds. Samoyeds deeply love their humans and are quite friendly and personable. This breed would do well living in an apartment. However, any time your Samoyed is outside, he should be on a leash (unless it’s a fenced area) as Samoyeds have a strong urge to run, and run they will — for miles.

Size: Samoyeds range from 19 to 23.5 inches in height and 35 to 65 pounds in weight.

Life expectancy: Samoyeds typically live 12 to 14 years.

Coat: Samoyeds have a thick double coat that is almost always white. Other shades include white and cream or biscuit, or all biscuit.

AKC group: Samoyeds belong to the AKC working group. 

Are Samoyeds Easy to Train?

Samoyeds have a strong need (some say demand) for love and attention from their humans. This breed does not do well alone for long periods and can be destructive (aka digging if left outside). Although Samoyeds are a smart, powerful, hard-working breed, they can be mischievous and rather social. So, use positive reinforcement dog training along with a firm, yet kind command during training. Teaching your pet that you’re the leader. Patience, time, and consistency can go a long way with your Samoyed dog training. We recommend early socialization and puppyhood training as well.

Does the Samoyed Dog Breed Need Grooming?

The short answer is yes, Samoyeds need lots of grooming. This breed’s thick double coat is shed year-round, and they profusely shed once or twice a year. So unless you brush your Samoyed daily, you’ll be faced with mountains (ok, not mountains, but definitely mounds) of white hair about your house and clothes. Daily brushing can keep your pet’s fluffy coat looking its best. The best brush for Samoyed might be a slicker brush or metal comb to remove mats and tangles. Regular nail trims are a must to prevent overgrown nails that can cause your pet discomfort.

What If My Breed Is a Samoyed Mix?

Typically healthy, Samoyeds face a few health issues like hip dysplasia, eye, and cardiac disorders that plague other pure breeds. This breed can undoubtedly bring some serious fluff to the mix. Because you never know what you’re going to get with a mixed dog, we suggest researching the parents so you have an idea of what to expect. Any combo with the gentle, friendly Samoyed is sure to be an irresistibly cute mix. 

Here are some popular Samoyed breed mixes:

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