The Samoyed is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. His lush white coat is his most outstanding physical trait
These dogs have a happy expression that is affectionately referred to as the “Sammy smile”.
If you are thinking of adding a Samoyed to your family, be sure to check your local animal shelters and rescue organizations for adoptable dogs.
The Samoyed name is often mispronounced
Most people assume that this pretty dog’s name is pronounced Sa-MOY-ed, but the correct pronunciation is actually SAMmy-ed. The Samoyed also has several other names, including some real tongue twisters: Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka and Nemetskaya Laika.
Nicknames for the breed are “Sammy”, “Sam” and “Smiley”.
The Samoyed is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world
The Samoyed breed is one of 14 old dog breeds with genetic footprints that come closest to the wolves. Samoyed belong to the family of spitz dogs originating in Asia and were bred by the Samoyed in Siberia to pull sledges, to guard and hunt reindeer. It is believed that the Samoyed treated their dogs as family members rather than possessions.
The Samoyed first appeared in England at the end of the 19th century and in the United States in 1906. The breed was recognized in the same year by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Samoyed are stunning dogs
The most notable feature of the Samoyed is their beautiful, thick white coat. Her eyes are almond-shaped and usually black or brown. Her ears are furry like the rest of her and stand up straight.
Another breathtaking feature of the Samoyed is their tail that curls up their backs. When you feel relaxed and comfortable, the tail usually falls.
Male Samoyed are 21 to 24 inches tall, female 19 to 21 inches tall. The average weight for a Samoyed is 50 to 60 pounds.