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Samoyed

Samoyed

A working breed, the Samoyed can be strong-willed at times, but above all they remain friendly, gentle, and devoted family dogs. The Samoyed was originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer. Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night.

About this Breed

Samoyeds, the smiling sledge dogs, were bred for hard work in the world’s coldest locales. The Sammy’s famous white coat is thick enough to protect against temperatures as low as minus -60. 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. Samoyeds' friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; an aggressive Samoyed is rare. The breed is characterized by an alert and happy expression which has earned the nicknames "Sammie smile" and "smiley dog." With their tendency to bark, however, they can be diligent watch dogs, barking whenever something approaches their territory. Samoyeds are excellent companions, especially for small children or even other dogs, and they remain playful into old age. When Samoyeds become bored, they may begin to dig. With their sled dog heritage, a Samoyed is not averse to pulling things, and an untrained Samoyed has no problem pulling its owner on a leash rather than walking alongside. They will instinctively act as herd dogs, and when playing with children, especially, will often attempt to turn and move them in a different direction.

Height

Male: 21-24in

Female: 19-21in

Weight

Male: 44-72lb

Female: 37-55lb

Fun Fact

Shed Samoyed fur is sometimes used as an alternative to wool in knitting, with a texture similar to angora. The fur is sometimes also used for the creation of artificial flies for fly fishing. Samoyed fur sweaters have been reported to handle temperatures well below freezing.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Charlie
  2. Koda
  3. Aramis
  4. ArticCross N Bilrost Ebi Ebi Ebi Botan Zoom Boing
  5. Atlas
  6. Austin
  7. Barney
  8. Bandit
  9. Brooklyn
  10. Armani

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Maya
  3. Bella
  4. Mollie
  5. Sugar
  6. Kaya
  7. Arya
  8. ARTICCROSS VELOCITY OF DESIRE
  9. Alice
  10. Aurora

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Washington, United States
  3. Florida, United States
  4. Idaho, United States
  5. Oregon, United States
  6. Pennsylvania, United States
  7. New York, United States
  8. Ohio, United States
  9. Iowa, United States
  10. Texas, United States

Samoyeds on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Samoyed ancestry.

  • Goose

    Goose

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    Dakota

    Dakota

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    Atlas

    Atlas

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    Whitney

    Whitney

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  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    Purebred

    Lola

    Lola

    Purebred

    Navi

    Navi

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    Pixel

    Pixel

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  • Tato

    Tato

    Purebred

    Claire

    Claire

    Purebred

    Sugar

    Sugar

    Purebred

    Jarvis

    Jarvis

    Purebred

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