Samoyeds are absolutely irresistible as puppies with their snow-white fur and little black button eyes. They look more like a child’s stuffy than a real dog. But as adorable as they are, you shouldn’t bring a Samoyed home without giving it serious thought.
These dogs require time and energy to maintain their health and keep them content. If that commitment doesn’t fit with your schedule or lifestyle, a Samoyed may not be the right dog for you.
Here are a few things you should know about Samoyeds before you add one to your family.
Samoyeds need activity
Don’t be fooled by your puppy’s calm exterior. Your Samoyed may not be doing zoomies around the house, but make no mistake, they need exercise. Samoyeds were bred to perform rigorous physical tasks in some of the coldest climates in the world. Like a little solar battery, this breed has a steady and almost inexhaustible energy supply that needs an outlet. A long daily walk is the minimum level of activity they need.
As working dogs, Samoyeds are happiest when they have something useful to do. They need assigned tasks as much as they need physical activity. Consider what jobs you could train your puppy to do. Fetching the morning paper or bringing you your shoes are examples of simple daily tasks that can give your Samoyed puppy a sense of purpose.
Plan on frequent grooming
Samoyeds have a double coat of white fur that needs to be completely brushed out weekly, or the coat will tangle and mat. To keep its white fur looking clean, you will need to bathe your Samoyed at least once a month, but if your dog likes to romp in the dirt outside, it may need more frequent baths.
After a bath, your pup will need a thorough brushing out, and many owners blow dry them since their heavy fur can remain wet for a long time.
Samoyeds shed quite a lot even outside of the usual shedding season. To handle the shedding issue, be prepared to up your vacuuming game because you’ll be doing a lot of it. That fine white fur looks a lot better on your puppy than on your couch and rugs! The upside is Samoyed fur tends to be odorless so that you won’t be dealing with that doggie smell in your house.
Your Samoyed needs companionship
This breed is known for developing extremely close and loyal bonds with its owner. Raised to have a working partnership with its owners, your Samoyed puppy will crave interaction with you. Consider taking up a hobby that can include your new pet. Samoyeds’ high level of intelligence and inquisitive nature makes them a good fit for agility training, and their endurance makes them a perfect partner on a daily run.
Pack animals by nature, Samoyeds are not happy when left on their own too much. If your lifestyle or profession takes you out of the home for long stretches of time, you should be aware that a bored and lonely Samoyed can become depressed and tend toward destructive behaviors.
Be sure that your Samoyed puppy has access to a well-fenced yard while you are gone, and you might want to consider getting him a furry friend. Samoyeds are social and tend to get along well with other dogs, and have even been known to strike up lifelong friendships with the family cat.
Adding a Samoyed to your family
Samoyeds are fantastic animals, but as with any breed, there are special considerations for their care and happiness that you’ll need to think about before committing to owning one.
Sammys need regular grooming, lots of exercise, and an owner who is willing to take the time to form a close relationship with them. If those requirements are doable for you, a Samoyed puppy will be a wonderful addition to your home and provide years of friendship and fun for you and your family.
Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in pets and pet’s health. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.