Country of origin: Russia
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Herder, hunter,
sled dog, companion
Size: 23–30kg (51–66lb),
46–56cm (18–22in)
Longevity: 11 to 13 years
Exercise: Daily aerobic exercise
Training: Easy to moderate
Grooming: Moderate; lots of
Colors: White, cream, white and biscuit,
silver tipped

This dog, also called the Samoyedskaya, accompanied the Samoyed people across the far north of Asia for generations as both a hunter and a herder of reindeer. First introduced to the West in 1889, it has made a smooth transition to the role of household companion and become a popular, firmly established breed due to its striking looks and engaging personality. This is a remarkably friendly and gentle breed, which according to the British standard “displays affection to all mankind”. This makes it an excellent family dog, but limits its usefulness as a guard. Obedience classes are still advisable, as Samoyeds can be stubborn, in their own dignified way.



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