The Samoyed is gentle and dependable in heart and mind -- robust and spirited in body.
This playful dog enjoys vigorous outdoor exercise, especially in cold weather. Without such outlets for his energy, and without sufficient companionship to satisfy his sociable nature, he can be boisterous and destructive.
Samoyeds should never be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. Many Samoyeds have intense, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge, and your neighbors will end up calling the cops to report the nuisance (or quietly letting your Samoyed out of his yard so he'll wander away). A sizeable number of Samoyeds end up getting surgically "de-barked" to keep their noise level manageable.
Samoyeds are very bright but they do have an independent mind of their own. Some are manipulative, willful, or dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
Samoyeds must have regular opportunities to vent their energy. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which they usually express by non-stop barking and destructive chewing.
The Samoyed is a highly adaptable working breed with a gentle, loyal disposition. They have a caring, easy-going nature and they are very eager to please their master(s). These dogs tend to form an especially close relationship with one person, but they are generally accepting of everyone. Because they are so social and outgoing, they do not make particularly good watch dogs. They are even likely to attempt to make friends with an intruder. This breed gets along great with children, and they willingly adapt to indoor family life. They are highly intelligent, but their willful streak may cause them to be resistant to formal training. Owners of this breed should state commands firmly and patiently. Training should start from an early age to instill good habits. While the Samoyed never seeks out conflict or mischief, they will defend themselves if the need strikes. These dogs have a propensity to chew, and this habit could lead to destruction if they are left alone for extended periods of time. Many Samoyeds get along well with cats, but they shouldn’t be left unattended with other small animals. This breed likes to bark.
Hi, I have had Samoyeds since 1963, and currently have two. I spend one hour a week combing each of them.
They DO NOT need frequent bathing, and any dirt drops, to a point where they can be black from river/dam swimming, and be dry and fluffy a few hours later. As I say the weekly combing is essential to keep them perfect, BUT again, they do not contactly leave fur around the house like many other breeds, specially short haired animals. I have spoken with many owners of Golden G, Jack Russels, German shepherds to name a few.
Most importantly my Sammies have all loved being groomed, as this is a wonderful bonding time for lots of kisses and cuddles, and a few treats along the way.
As a senior citizen, I would not have two sams if they were not easy to keep looking great.
Hi I have a samoyed puppy and need help! Okay so I got her when she was 3 months old and she is now 6 months. We literally can not keep her loose running around the house because she is a hyper little puppy. She has bad separation anxiety and would always rip her bed, mat, plush toy, or anything that was there even though we have her on the leash before we leave (cuz we did not get a crate). She’d always use the bathroom too alongside when we would go out. Now, she’s calmed from that phase and would try to hold it in for a few hours until we got back but would still rip things near her… even wood! I don’t want her to always be on a leash but don’t want my walls or things chewed apart. And she doesn’t obey anything besides “sit” until we shout at her to stop.
When we take her out for a walk or use the bathroom, she jumps to grab the leash or will but out leg in her mouth until we let go and will run laps and won’t come to us until we trick her into coming back in the house. 😧 idk what to do she almost got run over by a car this way!
I grew up with a fixed male samoyed. My mom received multiple complaints from the town about his barking. He loved staying outside and barked at basically everything. He was indeed an escape artist and would run into traffic. He also ate everything in sight.. Toothbrushes, foil, drywall, wood, plastic, pill bottles. He was very stubborn and also very dumb. Based on him alone, I would never suggest a samoyed.
my Samoyed is three and a bit now, and neutered. Our stray kitty decided she lived with us when he was around four months old. They're the best of friends; he'll sometimes chase her when they're both indoors, but that's only because she's slunk right under his nose and wiggled her tail at him to wind him up; she's got the devil in her. He'll leave her alone on command though: his Leave It is good and consistent. He's always gentle with her. They'll sniff each others' mouths to check they're not missing out on treats.
Recall-wise, he's not great. We /do/ walk him off-lead in a large forested park, but we always have an XL 8m extendable lead with us. He's such a sociable dog, with other dogs and people both, that when he sees someone in the distance he'll gallop up to say hi and try and initiate play with the other dog. In those instances he'll leave off and come back 35% of the time for my OH and 70% of the time for me, and the rest we have to go and collect him, so we always make sure to walk him somewhere far from roads and at times of low foot-traffic. He's pretty happy on the 8m lead though obviously he prefers to be off.
The breed is pretty stubborn, but in an independent kind of way, not a bullish kind; I've found that teaching him as many words as possible, and giving him two- and three- word explanations, helps to keep him calm and kind. They're extremely intelligent. He has a basic notion of timeframes, good grasp for a dog; he knows the difference between Wait (v short), Soon (longer), and Later (indefinite time away) for example. It's important to keep them mentally stimulated as well as physically exercised, and I've found stag bars the best solo activity. They're excellent dogs and the more you put into them the more you get out.
When I brought my pup home the first night the foster mom I picked him up from suggested that I put a watch under the bed/blanket at the bottom of the crate. It sounds like their moms heartbeat and helps with the transition away from their siblings! Also she mentioned he would probably wail and make excessive noise for the first few nights because he’s trying to attract the sound of his litter mates so maybe that’s what happening with your pup! It gets better I promise!
My first dog was also a Samoyed named Sam
Samoyeds, the smiling sledge dogs, were bred for hard work in the world’s coldest locales. In the Siberian town of Oymyakon, for instance, temperatures of minus-60 degrees are common. The Sammy’s famous white coat is thick enough to protect against such brutal conditions.
Powerful, agile, tireless, impervious to cold—Sammies are drop-dead gorgeous but highly functional. Even their most delightful feature, a perpetual smile, has a practical function: The mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face.