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In my own words


Privet! (that’s Russian for “hi!”) because I am Russian you know. That makes me a very friendly, cuddly person. I just love to be in the middle of everything you do, and I particularly like parties, and playing with children. Sometimes my herding instincts get the better of me and I find myself rounding them up. Perhaps I can do this for you at tea time? If you have a farm or a ranch, I can help you bring in the animals. Though I say it myself, I think I’m the best family dog you can get because I love to go walking, I can pull a little cart full of children, I can do Dog Agility, I can watch out for your guests and tell you when they’ve arrived, then do the meet and greet. Best of all, I love to snuggle and cuddle with anybody who’s in the mood. And just look how adorably fluffy I am, look how expressive are my deep, dark eyes and black my beautiful nose and wide my grin. How can you resist?

My ideal owner(s)



Active Singles

Cold-climate dwellers


What they say about me






Hard working


Please read on, to find out more about me, and whether I will be someone you can be happy with for the next 15 years!

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Information essential about the Samoyed


Kennel Club Group:



Size: Medium: Male Height (UK Standard) 20 – 22” (51 – 56 kg), Female 18 – 20” (46 – 51 kg)

Male weight 51 – 66 lbs (23 – 30 kg) Female 37 – 55 lbs (17 – 25 kg).The American Kennel Club Standard is slightly bigger and heavier.



Increasing all the time.

Famous Samoyeds:

Etah was the first dog to reach the South Pole, being lead dog for Roald Admunsen’s expedition.

Kaifas and Suggen were lead dogs for Fridjof Nansen’s expedition to the North Pole.

Sammys feature in books (Stone Fox for one) and films including Maison Ikkoku, a Japanese animated series; Soichiro belonged to a character in the series, but soon became a major character in his own right, such is the powerful personality of the Sammy.

Karen Carpenter had a Sammy called Mush.

Breed History:


The Samoyed is a true pastoral dog, used for centuries by Russian reindeer herders in the Siberian tundra. He was used for sledding, herding, guarding and keeping his owner warm. The breed is known to be at least 3,000 years old, and is one of the fourteen most ancient breeds, including the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute and the Chow Chow. Having a somewhat wolf-like appearance, the Samoyed has been crossed with wolves to produce a wolf-dog.



Spend a few hours with a Samoyed, and you know you are in the presence of an ancient working dog. His whole instinct is to herd and pull, and keep close to you. His chief characteristic is his happy, alert expression and amazing smile, hence the nickname. His herding instinct is so strong that he will tend to herd anything in a group, and can often be seen gently rounding up children. Your Sammy will bond powerfully with you, but will be friendly towards everyone in the family and outsiders too. He will be a useful watchdog, as he has a tendency to bark, but won’t make a good guard dog, as he is far too nice to be aggressive.



Gentle, kind, loving, loyal and very cuddly, that’s your Sammy. He will follow you wherever you go, even into the shower if you let him. He hates to be by himself so bear in mind that leaving him alone, even for short periods, can be upsetting for him. Your Sammy can become bored if not given enough to do – after all he is at heart a working dog – and will dig or chew to relieve his frustration. Your Sammy will get on with everyone in the family, including small children and other dogs. Your cat will be safe too! Remember that with his heritage, he will pull on the leash unless trained to walk by your side. This tendency makes him an excellent playmate for the children, as he will happily pull them along on a sled or a cart.



Your Sammy should be a solid looking dog with a muscular frame, but graceful in action. His neck should be strong, and his chest deep. He should have a short back and a well plumed tail that usually curls over his back. His head should be broad and flat and wedge shaped to a tapering muzzle with dark, oval eyes, black lips and a black or brown nose.






Your Sammy can be trained to do almost anything you want – he will excel in obedience trials, Dog Agility contests, carting, flyball, tracking and mushing. His herding instincts mean he can be enormously useful on a farm, herding cattle, sheep or pigs, and of course can do well in either informal or formal herding trials. Given his centuries of sledding experience, you need to train him right from the beginning to walk with you, not tow you along!



Your Sammy will moult heavily in Spring and Autumn (Fall), and shed a fair bit in between, so a daily brush is essential and he will appreciate it, especially in warmer weather. Sammys feel the heat, being designed to live in a cold climate, so take care not to let him get too hot in Summer.



A healthy Samoyed should live to 15 years, or even longer. He has a hereditary tendency towards renal failure but this will normally show up before 15 months of age. Other inherited disorders include Diabetes Mellitus, similar to human Type 1 can occur in middle age, also progressive retinal atrophy which leads to blindness. Heart failure is more common than in some other breeds. Hip dysplasia is a concern, and rarely Sebacious adenitis, an autoimmune skin condition. Check with the breeder to see if any of these conditions are in the genetic history of your Sammy, because by no means all of them get all these diseases. They are a naturally long lived, healthy type of dog, and by paying attention to detail, your Sammy should remain healthy and playful right to the end.

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The following grid gives a fast track review which covers all breeds. You can apply it to help you decide if a Samoyed is suitable for you, the environment where you live, your personality and your lifestyle. On the grid, 1= strongly disagree, and 5= strongly agree. For example, if you are looking for a dog that makes a good walking companion, look down the list under Activities, and you will see that Sammys make good walking companions, scoring 5. If you want a dog that is suitable for family life, look under Role & Suitability and you will see that Sammys are ideal, scoring 5. You might like to save or print off this section and keep it for reference while you check some other breeds before making your final choice.

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Noahs Breed Rating | Community Breed Rating

Good jogging companion5/5
Good walking companion5/5
Likes water/swimming1/5
Likes learning new tricks5/5
Likes to hunt2/5
Likes to fetch5/5
Good gundog/retriever2/5
Barks a lot5/5
Gets easily jealous1/5
Friendly with strangers5/5
Expensive to insure1/5
Expensive to feed1/5
Happy to sleep outside1/5
Prefers countryside5/5
Suits urban environment3/5
Prefers temperate climate3/5
Prefers hot climate1/5
Prefers cold climate5/5
Moults a lot5/5
Requires lots of grooming5/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly5/5
Ideal for singles5/5
Ideal for couples with no children5/5
Ideal for family with children5/5
Good watch dog5/5
Good guard dog1/5
Good with other pets5/5
Good with other dogs5/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs1/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs1/5
Requires lots of exercise4/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners5/5
Good for experienced owners5/5
Good recall4/5
Easy to train5/5
Good jogging companion0/5
Good walking companion0/5
Likes water/swimming0/5
Likes learning new tricks0/5
Likes to hunt0/5
Likes to fetch0/5
Good gundog/retriever0/5
Barks a lot0/5
Gets easily jealous0/5
Friendly with strangers0/5
Expensive to insure0/5
Expensive to feed0/5
Happy to sleep outside0/5
Prefers countryside0/5
Suits urban environment0/5
Prefers temperate climate0/5
Prefers hot climate0/5
Prefers cold climate0/5
Moults a lot0/5
Requires lots of grooming0/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly0/5
Ideal for singles0/5
Ideal for couples with no children0/5
Ideal for family with children0/5
Good watch dog0/5
Good guard dog0/5
Good with other pets0/5
Good with other dogs0/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs0/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs0/5
Requires lots of exercise0/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners0/5
Good for experienced owners0/5
Good recall0/5
Easy to train0/5

*PLEASE NOTE: All our breed profiles are general, and all dogs are individuals. Always talk to the breeders and meet the owners you are buying from. Try to meet the dog and its parents if it is a puppy in their home environment.

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