Samoyed Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Samoyed Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Families with children, active lifestyles, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Heavy

Size: Large


The Samoyed, also known as the Smiling Canine or the Reindeer Dog, is an old reindeer-herding dog that gets its name from the Samoyede people of Northern Siberia, who cherished it and worked with it.

The Samoyed (or Sami) was a multi-purpose dog that not only controlled cattle but also pulled sledges.

These dogs lived and worked closely with the tribe, even sharing sleeping quarters, thus they have always lived alongside families and were treated as both a companion and a working dog. Explorers in the area became interested in the Samoyed because of its endurance and stamina, and some were used as sledge dogs for early polar trips. They brought a few Samis back to England, where their magnificent appearances and upbeat attitudes made them quickly popular with showgoers and even royalty. This popularity has persisted to the present day.


The Samoyed dog breed is noted for being sociable, gentle, and lively. It is a devoted family member. Boredom can lead to barking and troublemaking from this bright, lively pup. They require a lot of physical and mental exercise, making them better suited to homes with more space.

Like many working dogs, they have an independent personality which can make them stubborn, so early training is essential. In an active household with experienced dog owners, the Samoyed may make an excellent family pet.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Intelligent
  • Great in the winter season
  • Adaptive, and intuitive
  • Loving and amusing
  • For children, a good playmate


  • Almost necessary to exercise every day
  • Heavy shedder
  • Prone to frequent barking
  • May develop separation anxiety when left alone for a long time

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