The beauty of the Samoyed is only one of the many qualities that have attracted pet parents to this amazing canine over the years.
Don’t know a whole lot about the Samoyed?
Read on as we’ve dug through the world wide web to sniff out 58 truly interesting and fun facts about the Samoyed.
How I Came To Be
1. Before the Samoyed became a lovable companion pet, it was used for hunting, to herd reindeer and to haul sleds for the Samoyedic people, the indigenous people from Siberia.
2. The Samoyed was not only a working dog for the Samoyedic people, but it was also treated like a member of the family, joining them for activities at the end of the day.
3. The Samoyedic peoples’ kindness towards this breed is part of why the Samoyed is trusting and loyal by nature.
4. This breed was used by early explorers at the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century to pull sleds on polar expeditions.
5. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous journey to the Antarctic used Samoyeds. These dogs endured harsh conditions with the explorers they assisted where only the strongest and fittest dogs survived.
6. A Samoyed named Antarctic Buck is said to be the very first brought to England.
7. Queen Alexandra was an enthusiast of the breed and many present-day English and American Samoyeds are descended from her kennels.
8. The first standard for the breed was adopted in England in 1909.
9. The original Samoyed Club of America was organized in 1923, the same year the American breed standard was adopted.
I’m Ready For My Close Up
10. The breed standard for Samoyeds recommends males be from 21 to 23.5 inches at the shoulder and females from 19 to 21 inches.
11. There are no set weight limits for this breed, but generally males weigh in around 44 to 65 pounds, while females typically weigh between 35 and 55 pounds.
12. The coat of the Samoyed is a double coat made up of a soft, woolen undercoat and a longer straight outer coat.
13. This furry covering insulates the dog from the frigid weather, harsh climates and provides a natural sunscreen in the summer. Plus, it’s naturally dirt-resistant.
14. The Samoyed’s hair was used by the natives to make clothing.
15. Males generally have a thicker, heavier ruff around the neck than females.
16. Not all Samoyeds are pure white. They can come in colors of white and biscuit, cream, or biscuit. However, all coats have a distinct silvery sheen.
17. This breed is strong, alert and agile. It carries itself with poise, grace and dignity.
18. The Samoyed has a broad, wedge-shaped head with an average muzzle that tapers toward its black nose.
19. Another fun fact about the Samoyed is its appearance of always having a smile on its face. This is due to its black curved upward lips.
20. The erect ears are triangular in shape and rounded at the tip.
21. This dog has a muscular body with a deep chest. Its large paws are covered in thick hair to protect against the elements.
22. The Samoyed’s tail is long and fluffy and curls over the back.
My Personality is Paws-itive
23. Samoyeds exhibit intelligence, gentleness and loyalty. It is also friendly and affectionate with its family and is great with children.
24. This breed doesn’t want to be left outside in a yard as it thrives on being part of the household activity.
25. The loyalty and alertness often makes the Samoyed a good watchdog.
26. Although great with humans, the Samoyed is still a hunter at heart, so it may chase after small animals that he/she perceives as prey.
27. Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them. Choose the middle-of-the-road puppy, not the one who’s beating up his litter mates or the one who’s hiding in the corner.
Genetics…It’s What I’m Prone To
28. Glaucoma is when the eye has increased pressure which may lead to vision loss and pain.
29. Hip Dysplasia is a genetic disorder which affects the thighbone (it does not fit properly into the hip joint).
30. Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy affects the kidney and is more severe in male Samoyeds.
31. Patellar Luxation is also known as a slipped stifle (knee cap). Although, this condition is more common in small breeds, the Samoyed may suffer from the dislocation of its knee.
32. Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland. According to PetMD it is a “clinical condition resulting from a lowered production and release of T4 and T3 hormones by the thyroid gland.”
33. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a disorder in which the body cannot regulate blood sugar levels.
34. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) involves the gradual deterioration of the retina.
35. Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis is a heart problem caused by a narrow connection between the left ventricle and the aorta.
36. Cancer can include abnormal swelling of a sore or bump, sores that do not heal, bleeding from any body opening and difficulty with breathing or elimination.
Caring For Me
37. Early socialization of the Samoyed is key to having a well-rounded pet. This includes exposure to sights, sounds, other people and other dogs and various experiences.
38. Puppy kindergarten class is a wonderful and fun way to socialize your new Samoyed. These are often available through large pet retailers or independent dog trainers.
39. Active Samoyeds are not well-suited to apartment living as they need the freedom to run and play in a secured backyard.
40. Samoyeds should be given mental and physical challenges with toys, playtime and activities. A bored dog is more likely to dig, escape or chew to entertain himself.
41. This breed should be kept on leash whenever it’s out-and-about because it is prone to chasing small animals.
42. The Samoyed is naturally fit for colder climates and loves to play in the snow.
43. With its thick coat, this dog tends to be sensitive to heat. Do not allow your Samoyed to exercise strenuously when it is extremely hot outside.
44. High-level activity should be done in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler. During the heat of the day, keep your Sammy inside with fans or the air conditioning running.
45. The Samoyed grows very quickly between the age of four and seven months. This makes it susceptible to bone disorders and injury.
46. Feed your Samoyed puppy a high-quality, low-calorie diet that will prevent it from growing too quickly.
47. Don’t allow your Samoyed puppy to run and play on hard surfaces (such as pavement), jump excessively, or pull heavy loads until it is at least two years-old when its joints are fully formed.
48. Normal play on grass and puppy agility classes with one-inch high jumps is an excellent form of exercise for the Samoyed pup.
49. Puppy and obedience classes are recommended to teach the Samoyed proper canine manners.
50. You will need to groom this breed at least once-a-week to keep its coat free of debris, tangles and matts. Plus, it will shed like crazy!
51. This YouTube video shows just how much hair comes off a Samoyed.
Fun Furry Facts
52. You may have pronounced the name of this breed incorrectly. The correct way to pronounce it is “SAMMY-ed.” It is also nicknamed the “Sammy” or “Sams.”
53. The Sammy is one of the 14 ancient breeds (closely related to wolves) which date back thousands of years!
54. Surprisingly, the Samoyed is one of those rare dogs that do not possess a “doggy smell.” In fact, if it were to roll in something unpleasant, the smell tends to dissipate very quickly.
55. Samoyeds tend to be very cat-like when it comes to grooming their own fur.
56. Alexandra of Denmark (Queen of the United Kingdom) received a Samoyed as a gift and soon became a devoted Samoyed fan and breeder.
57. Although not a champion when it came to breeding standards, Rex the Blizzard King Samoyed is still famous for over 30 mountain rescues. He’s a real “Super Stud.”
58. On July 22th of 2012, RJ the Samoyed saved his owner from a Puma attack. He gave his life to save hers…a true hero!
59. This YouTube video shows an adorable family of “Soggy” Samoyeds outside with Daddy-dog.
60. Need more Samoyeds? Check out Instasamoyeds on Instagram! These pics are soooo cute!
Now that we’ve uncovered all these fascinating facts about the Samoyed, you may be tempted to go out and get one for yourself.
If so, please do your homework to find a responsible breeder or if you don’t care about show quality, then why not give a home to a needy Samoyed from a rescue organization?
You won’t be sorry…