Pawfect Facts About The Samoyed Dog Kids Will Love

Samoyed facts are very enjoyable for kids

The Samoyed is a breed of dog that originated from Siberia and Russia ages ago. The origin of this breed predates the origin of modern dogs. They were a working dog breed named after the nomadic Samoyede people that bred them. These nomadic humans bred the Samoyeds to help them hunt, pull sled, and herd reindeer. Samoyeds are known for their thick white coat and happy disposition. This thick coat is an evolutionary advantage that helps them maintain proper body temperature in the harshest cold. This breed is a medium-sized, sturdy breed that can become your best friend.  They are also a very intelligent dog breed that learns very well. They will need a lot of grooming and exercise, but in the end, it's worth it.

Continue reading the article to know more interesting facts about the Samoyed. If you want to read more animal facts, here are our articles on pugs and goldendoodles.


Fact File

What do they prey on?

Raw meat and dog food

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

35-65 lb (16- 30 kg)

How long are they?

28-36 in (70-90 cm)

How tall are they?

24-30 in (60-75 cm)

What do they look like?

White and cream

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Wild animals

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Households, preferably in colder places







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris





Samoyed Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Samoyed?

The Samoyed is a breed of domesticated dog that are very famous and loved across the world.

What class of animal does a Samoyed belong to?

Samoyeds belong to the Mammalia class of the Animalia kingdom.

How many Samoyeds are there in the world?

The exact number of Samoyeds is not known, but they are a 'Least Concern' breed. They are not endangered or threatened. Since they are a popular dog breed especially in cold areas, their numbers are not decreasing.

Where does a Samoyed live?

The Samoyed is a domesticated dog breed. They are known to be energetic animals that like the outdoors. Samoyeds live in houses with their owners, but since they have a very thick coat on their body, it is better if Samoyeds are kept somewhere with colder weather.

What is a Samoyed's habitat?

Samoyeds are an ancient breed that originated in the vicious cold of Russia and Siberia. The body of the Samoyed is made for cold climates. They can live in hot weather as well but they do not necessarily thrive in it. Their thick coat of fur can survive through even the worst of winters. If you live in a warm place, their thick coat will also protect it from the heat. This breed was originally bred for hunting and herding reindeer in cold climates, and so Samoyeds remain a very active breed. They have a lot of energy and need a way to let it out. They will need at least one or two hours of exercise each day. They also need training and love long walks. If you live in a place with a backyard or a garden, it will make your Samoyed really happy.

Who do Samoyeds live with?

Samoyeds are a domesticated dog breed. They tend to behave very well with your family as well as any other pets you might have. Samoyeds get along with other dogs and cats as well, but since they are large, powerful, and have a lot of energy, you have to keep an eye as they tend to overwhelm smaller breeds with their playful attacks unknowingly.

How long does a Samoyed live?

Samoyeds tend to live for almost 12 to 14 years. They have a longer life expectancy than a lot of other dog breeds and are more prone to sicknesses in their later years.

How do they reproduce?

Like every other mammal, Samoyeds reproduce through mating. Every six to eight months, Samoyeds go into heat. This is the best time for them to mate and breed. A female Samoyed becomes pregnant after mating. The gestation period for Samoyeds is about 60 to 65 days. Once the gestation period is over, the female dog gives birth to about four to six puppies at once. These little dogs need special care. When they are born, a puppy has an average weight of 10-18 oz (0.2-0.5 kg) and it grows up pretty quickly.

What is their conservation status?

Samoyeds are a Least Concern breed according to the IUCN. There are many Samoyeds in the world, and so they are not endangered or threatened.

Samoyed Fun Facts

What do Samoyeds look like?

Samoyeds are a breed of hefty, squarely built dogs. They are not overwhelmingly big but they are very sturdy. The telltale sign of a Samoyed is its thick, white coat, and a fluffy, curled tail. They were originally bred in Russia and Siberia to pull sleds, hunt, and herd reindeer. Their coats evolved to keep them safe from the harsh cold. They have a double coat which means there is an outer layer and an inner layer. Their outer coat saves them from rainfall and snow and their inner coat keeps them warm. However, because of this thick coat, this dog tends to shed a lot. It is important to groom them regularly. The average height of a Samoyed is about 24-30 in (60-75 cm) and their average length is about 28-36 in (70-90 cm). Samoyeds weigh about 35-65 lb (16- 30 kg). They are a happy and energetic breed that can easily endure the cold.

Samoyeds are a very gentle and cute breed.

How cute are they?

Samoyeds are an extremely cute dog breed. They have a thick white coat that is very soft, but their cuteness does not only come from their looks. Their temperament is gentle and loving. Even though they are one of the larger breeds, they are not aggressive at all. They are very friendly dogs that love cuddling. They have a lot of energy but none of it is aggressive.

How do they communicate?

Samoyeds are called smiling dogs because of their constantly happy disposition. They are generally an energetic breed that needs training and can become one of your best friends in no time. They are not aggressive but they are vocal. These dogs like to bark and they also communicate through vocalization. Samoyeds also love attention and your Samoyed will always need to be near you and try to get your attention. These dogs need a gentle yet firm hand to train them to behaving properly. Your Samoyed might become depressed if it is left alone for too long. They are family-friendly dogs that get along with everybody. They also get along with children but since they are a little boisterous, they are not that suitable for toddlers.  Even other pets get along great with these gentle, excitable dogs. The Samoyed dog breed is one of the best dogs for your family.

How big is a Samoyed?

The Samoyed is a relatively larger dog breed. They are not overwhelmingly big but they are hefty and medium-sized. The average length of a Samoyed is about 28-36 in (70-90 cm) and the average height is about 24-30 in (60-75 cm). This means they are not huge but neither are they small. Their thick, white coat also makes them appear bigger. On average, male Samoyeds are slightly larger and taller than females of this breed.

How fast can a Samoyed run?

Even though they look like the most gentle creatures on earth, we should not forget that Samoyeds were originally bred for hunting. This means they are naturally pretty fast runners. The average speed of a Samoyed can be up to 30 mph (50 kph). They need daily exercise to match their energy level. If you are thinking of getting a Samoyed, remember that they will need training and vigorous exercise every day.

How much does a Samoyed weigh?

The average weight of Samoyeds is about 35-65 lb (16- 30 kg). Male Samoyeds usually weigh more than female Samoyeds. A Samoyed is a heavy dog but they love exercising and do not gain too much weight.

What are their male and female names of the species?

Like all other dog breeds, a male Samoyed is called 'dog' and a female Samoyed is called 'bitch'. They do not have a specific name for their breed.

What would you call a baby Samoyed?

Like all other dogs, a baby Samoyed is called a 'puppy'.

What do they eat?

People tend to treat dogs like humans and seem to forget that they have different needs than us. Samoyeds have special needs when it comes to their diets. They need a diet with the right amount of protein and fat. This balance is very important, especially when it comes to your Samoyed puppy. It is important to feed them properly twice or thrice a day instead of leaving food out for them all day long. Before deciding on the correct diet for your Samoyed, you should contact a veterinarian. This way, you will know how to change the diet of your pet Samoyed dog as it grows up. Also, they need to have some lean, raw meat in their diet regularly. Samoyeds also eat fruits and vegetables which keeps them healthy, but Samoyeds are generally carnivorous. They need high-quality dog food and raw meat for proper nutrition. Also, you should not feed table scraps to your dog as this disrupts their food habit and may result in problems later on.

Are they slobbery?

Samoyeds are not that slobbery. Usually, bigger dog breeds tend to drool a lot, but since Samoyeds are born to be in the harsh, cold weather of Siberia and Russia, they do not drool. This is ti prevent icicles from forming in their mouths. Their mouths are pretty dry and they start panting if they get too hot.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, Samoyeds make great pets. Before you get a Samoyed dog from a breeder or adopt one, you have to remember a lot of things about them. They are a generally happy and intelligent breed with a high energy level. However, they also need a lot of love and care. They have a double coat that helps them in the cold weather, but having two coats also means that they shed a lot. Maintaining them when they are shedding can be tricky as they need frequent grooming for it to stay manageable. You will also have to brush its coat frequently. Another thing to remember about your Samoyed is that they are a very high-energy dog breed. These dogs were bred years ago for hunting and herding reindeer. They need firm training when they are puppies and they need a lot of attention throughout their lives. Samoyeds can become destructive if they do not get enough exercise or if they are left alone for too long. They love cuddling and are one of the most gentle dogs. However, they also have breed-specific health problems. They need regular vet visits and also grooming. A Samoyed temperament is gentle and affectionate but it is not very easy to keep a Samoyed dog happy and healthy. But if you succeed in giving them the love, attention, and care that they deserve, these white angels will become your best friend in no time.

Did you know...

Some common nicknames for Samoyeds are 'Smiley' and 'Sammy'.

Samoyeds are carnivorous but they can eat fruits and vegetables as well.

Leaving them alone for long periods can cause depression, anxiety, and destructive behavior in Samoyeds.

They are not very popular in Asian countries like India. This is mainly because these hot places are not ideal for Samoyeds.

The word Samoyed is pronounced as 'sam-a-yed', but it is also commonly pronounced as 'suh-moy-e'.

How do you keep a Samoyed healthy?

Samoyeds are generally a healthy breed of dogs, but like every other dog breed, they are prone to some diseases. Since these dogs tend to live for longer, they also get sick as they get older. They tend to get hip dysplasia an they also are prone to a few types of cancers and eye problems. If you get a Samoyed dog, you will need to take your dog to the vet regularly to keep them healthy. A good diet and exercise also reduces the chance of certain illnesses. It will be good to remember that male Samoyeds are more prone to genetic disorders than females. Leaving them alone for long periods can cause anxiety and depression in these dogs. Keeping a Samoyed means giving it a lot of attention and care to them, but as they are such lovable and gentle creatures, this does not seem like a task at all.

How to look after a Samoyed?

Their fluffy white coat and happy demeanor make Samoyeds very popular as pets. The Samoyed dog breed is not an easy bunch to keep. If you are ready to care for one of these cute, energetic balls of love, there are a few things you need to do to get your own Samoyed. Firstly, you have to remember that they are an expensive breed of dogs. Samoyed puppies can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,500 in the United States. If you want to get a puppy from an award-winning bloodline, it might even cost up to $3,500. You also have to do your research to find out if the breeder is legit or not. Not only they are expensive, but they are also hard to keep as they need proper exercise and training every day. They also need frequent visits to the groomer and they tend to shed a lot. If you are ready to deal with everything that tends to tag along with these angelic dogs, you should start preparing to get one. They might be high maintenance, but they are one of the sweetest and most gentle companions a human can ever have.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Frenchton, or American bulldog pitbull mix.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Samoyed coloring pages.



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