The Samoyed: a gentle polar dog

Samojeed liggend in de sneeuw

The Samoyed is a breed that is particularly well known in Northern Russia and Siberia. The Samoyed was widely used in hunting wild animals, but they were also often used to pull sleds and boats. This dog was really seen as part of the family and had, among other things, the important task of protecting the children from the cold.

By nature, this breed is therefore gentle and playful. But the Samoyed also has a mischievous side and can be quite stubborn. Furthermore, this breed stands out because of its white, thick coat and its very friendly facial expression. The Samoyed is especially known for its Samoyed smile. Would you like to know more about this interesting breed? Then read on quickly.


History: a strong breed originating from Siberia

The name of this breed is derived from the people who developed it, the nomadic Samoyed people. In Siberia they bred with the aim of creating a breed that could cope well with low temperatures. The Samoyed was the result of this: a strong breed that was very resistant to the cold climate.

This breed was widely used to help with work. Its tasks included herding reindeer and towing sleds and boats. In addition to these activities, this breed was also used to keep people warm. The coat of a Samoyed is very thick, which is why the Samoyed people would lie against the dog in their tents to stay warm.

The Samoyed was mainly used to keep watch and guard land. At the end of the 18th century, this breed was imported to England, where the Samoyed quickly became popular. Queen Alexandra, the queen in power at the time, was a huge fan. Partly thanks to her, this breed became so popular.


The character: friendly and attentive

The Samoyed has a very friendly character. It is a sweet family dog that likes to have people around him. Whether these are children or adults, it makes no difference to him. This breed adapts quickly and gets along well with other animals. Besides this gentle nature, the Samoyed also has a mischievous and stubborn side.

He is very smart and needs a lot of attention to keep him happy. If he gets bored he may start digging and barking. Despite this trait, your Samoyed does want to fulfill his owner’s wishes. A good education and sufficient attention is therefore essential to minimize this undesirable behavior.

By nature, the Samoyed is a dog that was used for herding, so it can happen that he sometimes tends to chase children. But he will never really harm them. In addition, he is very observant and he quickly notices when there is danger. So it can be a very good watchdog. It is also important that you do not leave this breed alone too much, they will be unhappy.

Samojeed knuffelt met puppy

The appearance: a strong body and a friendly smile

The Samoyed is a strong breed and can be recognized by its white, thick coat. The coat is so thick that he has no problem being outside in cold temperatures. The Samoyed has an average size and lives to be approximately between 12 and 15 years old. The head of the Samoyed is quite broad and it has upright, triangular ears. In addition, this dog is known for its friendly expression. The eyes of the Samoyed are alert and lively, and its mouth creates a cute and unique smile.

The Samoyed’s neck is strong and very muscular and flows nicely into the rest of his torso. The chest is deep and broad. The rest of the body is of medium length and is also very powerful. With his strong and muscular body he is very capable of combining power, speed and agility. So the Samoyed can be very fast and easily turn through corners. The tail of this breed, like the rest of the body, is covered with a thick coat.

He carries the tail over his back and when he is alert he carries his tail on the side. What is even more striking about his coat is that a Samoyed is equipped with a double coat. The undercoat is short, thick and soft. Around the neck and shoulders the coat is often different in structure than on the rest of the body. The color can be cream in addition to white.


The care: intensive care is important

The Samoyed needs quite a lot of grooming; this is mainly due to the coat. On average, a Samoyed needs to be brushed about three times a week, but this can be more since this breed loses a lot of hair. The Samoyed also needs to be bathed more often than the average dog. The nails should be trimmed about every three weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing issues. Also, the teeth of this dog need to be brushed regularly, otherwise dental problems can occur.

Other than that, there are no points of interest and standard grooming procedures apply, such as cleaning his ears and eyes. It is important that you maintain a clear rhythm regarding its care, because sometimes the Samoyed can be a little resistant. It is therefore wise to plan the grooming at a fixed time from a young age. By starting grooming at a young age, the dog gets used to the touches and attributes that are used when grooming.

Samojeed in het bos

Diseases that are common with the Samoyed

Despite the fact that the Samoyed is a relatively healthy breed, there are a number of points to keep in mind regarding its health. One of the most important points to consider as an owner are the teeth. The teeth of the Samoyed are fragile