There is nothing cuter than a Samoyed puppy! Their antics will keep you entertained for hours on end. But, do you know the history of the breed and what they were bred for? Do you know how big a puppy will be as an adult? Do you know that they, like other Arctic breeds, have some traits and behaviors that you might find undesirable? Shedding, digging, barking, chewing, wanderlust (running off) and being stubborn are some general Samoyed breed traits.

Please read the following information on what it is like to be "owned" by a Samoyed BEFORE you get one. It is OK to think Samoyeds are beautiful but realize you would not be happy living with one! It is better for you AND the puppy to understand this now and avoid heartache later.

Find out if a Samoyed is right for YOU at these sites!
Samoyed Temperament
What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em
Is The Samoyed The Right Breed For You?
Samoyed; The People and Their Dog  
Samoyed: The Versatile Beauty
The Samoyed
Aboriginal Samoyed Dogs of the Yamal Peninsula   



The following are questions I'm often asked about temperament traits and the answers I give.


No.  They are not aggressive to people and usually view strangers as another person who might scratch their butts! Samoyeds are watch dogs.  They watch everything (and I do mean everything!) and bark to let us know "something" is out there.  There is a wide range of "something" which includes visitors, anyone walking past "their yard", deer, squirrels and of course other dogs or cats.  I'm confident they'd show a burglar where the good stuff is if they got a treat or a butt scratch. <g>  


That depends on what you call easy.  Samoyeds are smart but have an independent streak. They learn quickly, but will tune you out if there is too much repetition or training is too boring. They are not like a Golden Retriever or a Border Collie!


Samoyed Temperament - not like any other!
from Whitestar Sams

From a recent discussion on SamFans on what makes for "good temperment" in a Samoyed?

Sidney Boardman writes about what makes a sammie a sammie. One of the very best descriptions I've ever seen.


Temperament is more than not having a propensity for being dog and people aggressive, although that's important. Our dogs have a different temperament than other breeds have.

Temperament is heart. Its the dog's willingness to stay and distract and stand off polar bears while the (human) members of the polar expedition team got their guns out and loaded. Its the willingness to not start fights, but to finish them if attacked. Our dogs are not afraid.

Temperament is mental as well as physical stamina. Its the willingness to keep going in the middle of the night in the dark and cold, pulling a sledge or a sled. Its the willingness to search the entire fence line for a weak link or the one place to keep digging. Our dogs are strong, mentally as well as physically.

Temperament is the stubbornness to use their brains. Its the dog's ability to refuse to try to pull a sled over thin ice, even though the driver tries to insist. Its the ability to question even the alpha's judgment. Its the willingness to keep trying to get what they want. If you tell one of our dogs "No" it usually means "you can't use *that* method to get what you want" to the dog, rather than the "you can't have that even if you want it" that we want it to mean to the dog. Our dogs are intelligent enough to see other possibilities and stubborn enough to try them out.

Temperament is the ability to work together but separately. Its the ability of a pack to divide up when hunting, and each dog doing his or her part, some herding from one side, some from the other, some lying down waiting to seize the prey as it drives past. Its also the ability to go for a walk "with" a human by ranging all over the area, just coming back to "check in" every now and again. They don't have to be "at heel" to be "with" you. Our dogs are more independent than most other breeds.

Temperament is the desire to herd, to pull, to be a working dog. Its the clear enjoyment of doing something, rather than sitting around. Its the hunting instinct that makes them good mousers. Its the need to dig or chew when bored. Our dogs are easily bored, and need a lot of exercise.

In many "Northern Breeds" most of the pack orients to a dog as leader, while only the alpha dog orients to a human as pack leader. That's not true of most Sams. The whole pack orients to a human leader, if there's a suitable candidate. The original dogs lived inside the skin huts with the people, not outside with only each other, like so many other breeds.

Temperament is the willingness to include humans as members of the pack. Its to look to a human as pack leader. Our dogs accept the whole family as part of the pack.

Sams originated where there was no need to guard dwellings and property. They will fight to protect the pack, and the humans who are part of that pack. Temperament is not guarding. Its welcoming a burglar enthusiastically, and showing him or her where the biscuits are kept. Our dogs are not aggressive in guarding our property.

Temperament can, and unfortunately sometimes is, overcome by early training, and lack of socialization, but our dogs are different in their temperament, not just their looks.




Dog hair is just another condiment...  David Frei, Westminster commentator.

When I go on business trips, I take a small plastic bag of sammy hair with me.  Then when I'm in restaurants, I can add the hair to the food.  It's just too odd to eat "fur-free" food.  It's like trying to switch from regular cola to diet.  You just can't do it.     Samfan Dave Wiley 




SAMOYEDS A Complete Pet Owner's Manual

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All About the Samoyed   
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A New Owner's Guide to Samoyeds 
 by Terry Campbell, Gail Campbell

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A very dirty Sassy.  Day before a dog show!




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