Samoyed Dog Temperament: What You Should Know

This beautiful white dog from the Husky family may be tempting to own just based on their rare beauty, but don’t let their looks persuade you before learning more about them. The Samoyed breed is just as unique as their fur coat and deserves to have their personality and temperament understood before being brought to a new home. Such as learning about their quirks, typical behaviors, and most importantly their care needs before beginning your Samoyed adoption process. 


The Samoyed got its name from its place of origin with the Samoyedic people, a “semi-nomadic” group of people of Asia descent that migrated to Siberia long ago. They discovered and bred this breed of dog to withstand the harsh, cold weathers of Siberia that could, at times, reach lows of -60 degrees. The Samoyedic people would take advantage of the dog’s thick fur coats and huddle up with their packs of these dogs within their tents to keep warm. 

This closeness between dog and human forged a strong bond between the two. The Samoyed was also utilized for their guard dog abilities, as well as hunting, herding, and even pulling sleds full of supplies. These dogs certainly earned their keep. The Samoyed was eventually registered with the American Kennel Club in 1906. 

Samoyed Personality 

The most significant personality trait of the Samoyed is its adaptability to new situations. Whether they are in a working relationship with humans in an arctic sort of environment, where their keen herding or guarding skills are needed, or they are living in a home with a family, they will adjust accordingly. The Samoyed is also a great breed to be around children. They will become the child's favorite companion. 

Their personality will adjust with their environment, as well as varying from one specific dog to the next. When your Samoyed learns who you are and what your intentions are for them, they will return the affection accordingly. This breed is said to have a keen sense of knowing whether a human love them and has good intentions by them or not. They can be the most loving and happy breed of dog but also become shy or even aggressive if they are not treated right in their first year of life. 

The Samoyed is also known for their “talkative” personality. That’s right, this funny medium-sized dog can become very vocal at times, and this isn’t a reference to barking. They have a habit of vocalizing their pleasure or even displeasure with a situation. Often the Samoyed will find it entertaining when humans are laughing at these talkative behaviors of theirs and will ham it up even more. Some Samoyeds on the other hand, aren’t as much a fan of being laughed at. Each dog certainly does have their own unique personality within the typical traits of the Samoyed breed. 

Samoyed Temperament

The Samoyed has a gentle and thoughtful temperament. They will easily befriend you and want to play, but not hesitate to stand their ground when they feel that they or their family is in danger.

The Samoyed is also typically a friendly breed of dog around other dogs. Just as you would with any other dog, introductions are necessary before letting a Samoyed be free to play with a dog that they are unfamiliar with. 

Care Needs

As far as the Samoyed shedding goes, the breed actually doesn’t shed as much as one might expect. They are a moderate shedding dog and will require frequent brushing and other grooming needs to keep up with what amount of fur that they do shed. They do go through shedding seasons just like any other breed of dog that is known to shed. During these high shedding seasons, they will need to be brushed almost daily to keep up. Otherwise, once or twice a week will do the trick.

Dental care is also a need of the Samoyed dog. You should have no trouble helping them to become comfortable with dental hygiene practices if you start young with them. They are gentle-natured dogs and should cooperate if you allow them to trust you. Dental care should occur two to three times per week at least.

You will likely need to trim your Samoyeds nails once or twice a month on average. This all depends on how well regular outdoor activity keeps their nails at a healthy length. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor when they walk, it's probably time for a trim.


Anyone would be lucky to own a Samoyed and make them a part of their family. The temperament of the Samoyed is certainly special and would fit in with any family. They are happy dogs by nature. They even appear to have a smile on their face often. Their gentle temperament and adaptable personality really make them an ideal dog for any dog lover who is ready to bring them home and provide them with the care that they need. 

Do Samoyeds shed?

If you’ve ever seen one of these big, fluffy dogs, you will not be surprised to learn that they are considered to be a “heavy shedding dog”. Samoyeds have a rather thick, double coat of fur that will need constant upkeep.

How big do Samoyeds get?

The Samoyed breed will usually grow to be 19 to 24 inches tall, and 50 to 65 pounds. They are considered to be medium/large breed of dog. This is something you may want to take into consideration before adopting one, if you live in a smaller home.

How much is a Samoyed dog?

The Samoyed dog is a beautiful breed, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to learn that they can cost anywhere from $600 to $1600, depending on where you adopt or buy them from. Breeders will charge various rates to adopt out their purebred Samoyeds.

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