Until the end of the 1800s, Samoyeds were never seen outside their
country. More recently, the Samoyed has been used as a sled dog in polar expeditions. In 1911,
he had the distinction of being the first dog to see the South Pole as the leader of Roald
Amundsen's sled dog team.
The Samoyed's straight, thick double coat comes in white, cream, or biscuit.
It requires weekly brushing. The Samoyed sheds his undercoat in thick
tufts twice per year. His heavy coat makes him unsuited for particularly
hot climates. The Samoyed stands up to 23 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder
and, like all Spitz dogs, he carries his tail curled up over his back. The
"Sammie" is also known for having very little doggy odour.
as the dog with "Christmas in his face", the Samoyed is a
beautiful animal with a grin that splits his face from ear to ear. This
has earned him the nickname "the Smiling Sammie". He is
good-natured and especially fond of children. He is intelligent, alert,
affectionate, and mischievous. Firm, consistent training should begin
early. Samoyeds can become willful and intractable if bored or treated
harshly. Training may require extra patience and repetition.
a working breed, the Samoyed requires a healthy amount of exercise and
interaction with his people. He may be kept in a kennel environment if he
has regular people contact. He should have daily walks, free exercise in a
yard, or some working activity to keep him healthy and happy.