Fluffy, all-white and very pretty is the best way to sum up a Samoyed. They are also incredibly family-friendly and known for being great with children. They’ll also have you out and about exercising in no time.


Known for herding reindeer in Northern Russia, this family pet may just help ‘herd’ your family into line. Not to worry though, as Samoyeds are renowned for being great with children. They will even think of your cat as their sister if they are brought up together. However, they don’t take well to other animals later in life. They have total devotion to their family, and don’t like to be left alone.

You may find them trotting around smiling, licking your hand and sitting peacefully at your feet. Or demanding a run. They are highly energetic and need a reasonable amount of exercise. Daily walks and lots of games are great ways to expend your pet’s excess energy. They are also intelligent dogs, but can be difficult to train due to their strong will. Patience and perseverance will go a long way.

Fun fact: Your Samoyed can smile. Yep, expect toothy grins

from this fellow because they love to show off their smile.

While not overly loud, they will let you know if anyone approaches the house, making them great watchdogs. Your Samoyed may howl when greeting new people. They are also renowned for being escape artists and will find a way to get out no matter how dog-proof you think your yard is. A high fence is a great investment. They also need to be groomed on a daily basis. Samoyeds shed heavily but are hypoallergenic.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. While Samoyeds are a hardy breed and prone to few issues, they can develop hip dysplasia, deafness and eye problems. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Samoyed is a large-sized breed weighing between 23-30kgs, with a height between 46-56cms.


As long as they get enough exercise, your pet will be happy anywhere. However they are very active and a yard is ideal.

Energy Levels

The equivalent of a marathon runner, they just go and go and go. Daily runs and lots of games are ideal for keeping this breed fit.  

Difficulty of Training

They can be difficult to train, however with time and lots of effort Samoyeds will learn. It’s best to start as young as possible.

Family Suitability

A Samoyed is a great family pet, loyal companion and excellent watchdog.  

Compatibility with other Pets

They love to meet new friends when they are young.

Need for Company

Don’t leave your Samoyed alone for too long as they have a moderate to high need for company and enjoy spending time with their family.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

They are high-maintenance. Brush their coat daily. They have a short-medium coat in pure white, cream or biscuit.


They are heavy shedders.  

Tendency to Bark

They have a moderate tendency to bark, so expect some conversation.

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