A Samoyed in the forest with two kids.

Are Samoyeds Good With Kids?

Many times parents consider adding a new puppy to the home, thinking it could be good for their kids. Samoyeds being fluffy and white always attract the eye of everyone, so it does not come as a surprise they are often chosen for families with children. But are Samoyeds good with kids? 

Samoyeds are among the best breeds of dogs you could choose for your kids. They are very loyal dogs, very active and playful, friendly, and love to be a part of the family. That makes them the perfect choice if you are considering getting a puppy.

Why Samoyeds Are A Good Choice For Kids

A kid sitting next to her Samoyed outside and holding its leash.
Aw, cute!

There are many reasons to choose these amazing dogs. Here’s what some of them are.

Samoyeds Do Well In Multiple Climates

Samoyeds have a double coat, which means they can handle winters and summers with equal measure.

They’re Friendly

Some might even say Samoyeds are too friendly. This is why they don’t make great guard dogs since they’re even friendly with strangers, but that also means they’d be friendly with kids too!

Everyone Gets Exercise

Nowadays the internet, mobile phones, and computers have taken a great amount of time from our daily routine. Sometimes kids don’t even go outside for fresh air. Having a Samoyed means it will require being walked at least twice a day for at least an hour. That means both parents and children will get to enjoy some time outside. 

They Teach Patience And Responsibility

Samoyeds are stubborn dogs, which means your child could practice some patience while trying to train the puppy to listen to a simple command like, “sit.” Also, this is a big fluffy dog that needs brushing daily, so kids will have to take that on and learn responsibility. That’s not to mention feeding the dog, giving it water, attention, playtime, and the aforementioned walking it too.

Samoyeds Love Playing

Samoyeds love to play, so if you have kids who love to play too, this is a perfect fit that keeps both the dog and your kids occupied. Just keep in mind that as with kids, Samoyeds can start to get destructive when they get bored.

How To Make Things Go Well Between A Samoyed And Kids

Here are some things you should do to make the introduction go smoothly for everyone.

Talk With Your Kids Beforehand

Before you bring your new Samoyed puppy home, you should talk to your kids about what it means to have a puppy. Talk to them about what a puppy does and explain to them that they are a responsibility, but they also are in a way individuals who sometimes will need their space. 

Kids should be aware that when the puppy comes, it will be confused and may cry the first few days. It may not be as fond of playing as the kids would like either because puppies do get tired easily. 

Also, bringing the puppy into the house for the first time means there shouldn’t be a lot of noise and jumping around. Kids should be prepared that they need to let the puppy come to them and sniff them before they do anything. 

In short, talk to your kids about how things need to progress on the Samoyed puppy’s terms, not theirs.

Talk To Them About How To Treat A Dog

This is especially important for younger kids. It’s essential to lay ground rules immediately. In other words, give your kids clear instructions on how to interact with your Samoyed. For example, pulling the tail and ears is not okay and could result in them getting hurt.

Always Supervise

Finally, if you do have young children, please do not leave them unattended with the dogs. This could result in an accident. 

Invest In Dog Training

Dog training, obedience classes, or whatever it’s called in your area, invest in it. Make sure your dog knows what to do and when. Doing this means you can feel more comfortable with them around your kids and living with them in general.

Conclusion: Are Samoyeds Good With Kids?

Samoyeds are an excellent addition to a family with kids. They will most certainly bring some laughter around the house and make your kids and yourself happy. No matter which breed you choose to bring home though, we advise you to always do proper research to see if it will fit your everyday routine. Also, do your research on reputable breeders so you get a dog that has good genes as well.

So, are you thinking of getting a Samoyed for your kids? Let us know in the comments below!

Dr. Nade Georgieva
Dr. Nade Georgieva
Dr. Nade Georgieva, DVM, PG Dipp (Anesthesia and Analgesia) Nade is a young veterinarian from North Macedonia, with five years of experience in small animal clinical practice. She graduated from the Veterinary Faculty in Skopje, after which she got employed in her hometown. She has shown great interest in the field of pain management and anesthesia, and was the first vet in the country to continue education in the field. In 2021 she graduated with Distinction at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining the title Postgraduate Diploma-Anesthesia and Analgesia. Nade is owned by a year old black Labrador retriever named Fred and she loves spending her time outdoors with her dog and friends. In her spare time, she also loves to learn to play the guitar and take photos of nature and animals.