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Understanding and Training a Samoyed


One of the brightest of sled dogs, the Samoyed is also an obstinate & independent breed that is often difficult to train.  The difficulties are not for lack of intelligence rather unwillingness - the Samoyed must be firmly persuaded to follow commands with a handler that is capable of exercising the utmost patience (and appreciation) for the dog's jolly sense of humour, most often exhibited while being disobedient.

The Samoyed is also an all-around, good-natured, friendly and playful dog that is usually affectionate and dependable with family.  Their friendly nature do not make them the best of guard dogs, as opposed to engaging pets that enjoy human companionship.

Although adaptable, too much confinement and time spent alone makes the breed restless, boisterous and destructive.  A well balanced Samoyed needs vigorous exercise, company and a sense of self.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Samoyed

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 50 - 65 lbs (23 - 29 kg); 46 - 56 cm
  • General Temperament: Good-natured, Happy & Independent
  • General Description: An engaging independent, yet friendly breed that requires time, patience, a good sense of humour and human companionship.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog       x  
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

This is an old Asian breed of the Samoyedic people of Siberia. The nomads used the dog for herding & guarding reindeer, pulling sleds and keeping them warm at night.


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