This dog does well with children and family and other pets. It needs plenty of exercise. Some may be stubborn, some dig and bark.

Breed Overview

This ancient Russian dog has been used for herding reindeer, guarding, sled pulling, herding trials, and drafting. They originated in Siberia. They are very happy, trusting, loyal, hardworking, gentle, and playful companions. These dogs have great watchdog abilities and are great with children. These white and furry dogs need daily exercise by either a long walk or jog, or a vigorous play session. They are excellent companions for active singles, cold climate dwellers, farmers, ranchers, and families. Their thick coats require combing two to three times per week and daily when shedding.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 21-23.5"; Female: 19-21"
Weight: Male: 45-65 lb; Female: 35-50 lb
Lifespan: 10-12 years

Breed Traits

Amiable, Playful, Working group,

Health Concerns

Common Health Concerns for Samoyed:
Less Common Concerns for Samoyed:
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