This ancient breed once pulled sleighs in snowy Siberia, but these days, this fluffy and affectionate pup is known for the Sammie Smile. Here’s why Samoyed dogs make perfect family companions.

Known today for their signature grins, these affectionate and outgoing dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years. This ancient breed is closely related to the primitive dog, with no traces of fox or wolf DNA in sight. In ancient times, Samoyed dogs provided companionship to Siberian nomads, who used them for reindeer herding. In the 1800s, the hardy Samoyed pulled sleds on historical expeditions into the Arctic, often withstanding temperatures as low as -60 degrees with its beautiful double layer coat.

Today, the Samoyed’s easygoing temperament and love for children makes it a beloved family pet. The Samoyed is one of the most intelligent and affectionate of the spitz breeds, yet still has a mind of its own. Between its gorgeous looks and well-rounded personality, Samoyed dogs make ideal family companions.

Why We Love the Samoyed Breed

  • Samoyeds are gentle yet energetic, friendly yet politely reserved — the perfectly balanced temperament.
  • The Samoyed is adaptable and can live well in an apartment or a home, but they need regular exercise to regulate their energy and curb destructive chewing and excessive barking.  
  • While their double coats may require frequent grooming, Samoyeds’ fur is naturally resistant to doggy odors.
  • These pups excel at athletic activities such as tracking, agility and, of course, sled pulling.  

Things to Consider

  • The Samoyed is known for barking and singing to its owners. While cute at times, this breed’s vocal tendencies can be excessive and disruptive if left alone for long stretches or not exercised properly.
  • The Samoyed’s striking coat is high maintenance. These dogs need daily brushing during shedding season and semiweekly grooming throughout the rest of the year.
  • Some Samoyeds are prone to prey driven activity and may dash after cats and squirrels. Keep these pups on a leash or inside a fenced area.
  • The Samoyed’s lush coat makes them susceptible to overheating. This breed does best in moderate to cold climates with air-conditioned homes, and exercise should be scheduled during the cooler hours of day.

Why Rescue?

Loving, athletic, healthy and well behaved, it’s no wonder that purchasing a Samoyed puppy from a breeder can often cost upwards of $1,000. For the most part, the Samoyed is a coveted breed that is well-loved by their owners. However, major life changes can force owners to give up their beloved companions to shelters or rescue foundations. If you are interested in adopting a Samoyed puppy or adult, consider opening your home to a rescue dog. Not only will adopting a Samoyed rescue reduce the price tag for this eye-catching and affectionate breed, it will also provide a happy and stable home to a dog in need.

Samoyed Rescues

If you’re ready to adopt one of these gorgeous and lovable dogs, there are plenty of Samoyed rescues in need of a forever home. These are just a few:

Athletic, gentle & affectionate
Avg. Weight
50 - 60 lbs
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Samoyeds near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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