The Samoyed is an ancient breed originating from Russia and much admired for its beautiful white coat, smiling face, happy disposition and general good health.
Size: Medium / Large
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Watchdog ability: Very high
Protection ability: Very low
Area of Origin: Russia (Siberia)
Date of Origin: Ancient times
Other Names: Samoyedskaya Original, Samoyede
Original Function: Herding reindeer, guardian, draft
Temperament: Known as the smiling dog, this breed is dependable and happy and loves nothing more than to play in the snow. This friendly and loyal dog loves the company of children. Samoyeds work best in teams and are much too friendly to be watchdogs, though they enjoy barking.
Upkeep: The Samoyed is active and needs a good workout every day, either in the form of a long walk or jog or a vigorous play session. It likes to pull and herd, and it loves cold weather. It can live outdoors in temperate to cold climates, but it much prefers to live indoors with its human family. Its thick coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week when shedding.