A Samoyed standing on some grass.

Are Samoyeds Popular Dogs?

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Samoyeds are a loving and devoted breed with huge personalities. Because they get along well with older kids and they have fluffy coats, they are really popular as family pets too. But does all of that mean Samoyeds are popular dogs?

Samoyeds are popular dogs due to their fluffy fur, smiles, and general demeanor.

A Samoyed standing in the forest.

Let’s start with their character and physical traits.

Character And Physical Traits

The Samoyed dog is named after the Siberian Samoyedic people, from whom it descended. The fluffy white dogs with the double coat not only proved to be outstanding sled dogs, herders, and hunters, but they also kept their guardians warm by lying next to them during the bitterly cold winter.

Also, their lips curl upward even when they close their mouth, giving away the Samoyed’s distinctive smile. Moreover, Samoyeds are exceptionally clever, devoted, and vocal.

Intelligent and friendly, they are a breed that is simple to maintain and does well on less but higher-quality food. Also, Samoyeds frequently live to be 12 or 14 years old and are tough, long-lived canines.

In addition, people adore the dog for its stunning white, cream, or biscuit double coat. The coat should “glisten with a silver sheen,” according to the breed standard.

Samoyeds are extremely intelligent, bore easily and frequently, and do well when given jobs to perform. They are excellent therapy dogs and are naturally kind to both young children and elderly people.

These dogs benefit from frequent human interaction. Moreover, this breed does not adapt well when kept apart from the human family. In general, these dogs get along nicely with other animals.

Also, they require enough exercise because they have a lot of energy. They are excellent strolling partners, and some of them like to swim. The majority adore snow.

Samoyeds may be the most popular breed among pet parents. However, according to the American Kennel Club’s annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds, the species comes in at number 55. 

Here we have some of the reasons why Samoyeds are not higher on the list.

Character And Physical Traits

Firstly, Samoyeds require a lot of space to run and exercise. They are also likely to bark excessively. They will also have a strong herding instinct that may cause them to chase after tiny animals. 

When left alone, they are prone to getting bored and experiencing separation anxiety. Samoyeds are strong-willed and therefore challenging to train. 

Twice a year, Samoyeds “blow,” or shed, their undercoat. No dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. The majority of those veterinarians recommend for allergy sufferers are non-shedding breeds.

Also, Samoyeds are exceptionally sociable canines who frequently like spending time with families. They are typically fantastic with kids. However, it’s best to keep a close check on them due to their size and occasionally rowdy behavior in case they unintentionally knock the kids over.

In addition, these dogs need daily exercise because they are active. Being so receptive to people, Samoyeds appreciate the training and will gladly participate in obedience, agility, herding, sledding, and weight-pulling competitions.

One of the most frustrating things about owning a Samoyed is the required daily or nearly daily grooming, especially during the shedding season.

Common Health Problems In Samoyeds

Numerous illnesses and medical disorders are inherited, which means they are influenced by the breed of your pet. 

The diseases we’ve discussed below have a considerable rate of incidence and/or influence in this breed, according to the consensus of canine genetic experts and veterinarians. This does not imply your dog will have these issues, it merely indicates that it is more vulnerable than other dog breeds.

The Samoyed can have a long life, up to 14 years, but they may also be genetically predisposed to certain illnesses. This can include renal disease, hip dysplasia, eye and heart conditions, and hip dystrophy. 

Also, their sensitivity to warmer temperatures may result in further health problems.

To lessen the likelihood your puppy will experience these distressing conditions, confirm that the parents of your puppy have undergone the necessary health screenings.

The Cost Of Owning A Samoyed

The initial charges for a Samoyed truly consist of purchasing your new puppy or adult dog as well as some of the essentials you’ll require when you bring them home. Keeping the dog happy and healthy for the duration of its life is just as important as purchasing it.

So, finding a trustworthy Samoyed breeder should be your first step. These dogs cost from $2,500–$4,000.

If you do manage to spot one of these dogs at a rescue organization, the adoption fee isn’t usually too high, and it also includes your dog arriving spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and with a full health check. In this case, the cost is usually $250–$1,000.

Your dog and your decisions will determine how much money you spend on your Samoyed overall each month too. The monthly cost of a Samoyed ranges from $60 to $300 and up, depending on the situation. 

Your Samoyed’s overall health will ultimately influence these projections. The decisions you make will also influence them, such as the type of food you give your dog.

Famous Samoyed Dogs

There are many famous dogs of the Samoyed breed, some known to the general public and some historically important. Here we have just a few of them mentioned:

  • Etah – A Samoyed who served as the lead sled dog on Roald Amundsen’s 1911 expedition, is often regarded as the first non-native to reach the South Pole.
  • Brody! – To be fair, Brody’s our Samoyed. He may not be incredibly famous yet, but he’s still great nonetheless, and we wanted to include him here as a result.

Famous Pet Parents Of Samoyeds

This breed charmed some historically, politically famous, and important people, as well as a lot of TV and music stars, such as:

  • Ariel Winter – The Samoyed named Casper is a member of the Modern Family actress’s fur family.
  • Constantin Brancusi – As the canine companion of this contemporary sculptor/photographer in the early 1920s, a Samoyed named Polaire became a staple of Parisian nightlife.
  • Karen Carpenter – Karen is a legendary vocalist who topped the charts in the 1970s and was a puppy parent of a Samoyed named Mush.
  • King Edward VII – The late British monarch and his Queen were guardians of many dog breeds including Samoyeds (one of which was given to the couple by German Chancellor Otto von Bismark)
  • Lucille Ball – The “I Love Lucy” star adored canines and was a devoted pet mom to a variety of barking companions throughout the years, including Cocker Spaniels, Fox Terriers, Toy Poodles, and one Samoyed named Blanquito.

For the thirty-first year running, the ever-popular Labrador Retriever holds onto its first place! Although it is not unusual for a friendly and eager breed like the Labrador, that accomplishment is astonishing! 

Still wondering,“Are Samoyeds Popular Dogs?” Well, this lovely, friendly breed is still popular amongst all kinds of people, and their intelligence and abilities have been noticed and used in expeditions and tasks since way back. 

The Sammy smile can’t leave anyone indifferent and certainly makes them one of our personal favorite breeds. 

So, what is your favorite thing about Samoyeds? Do you think they should be more popular? Let us know your thoughts and why in the comments below!

Sandra is a veterinary undergraduate student based in Macedonia. She combines her two passions: veterinary medicine and writing, and she also tends to raise awareness about animal welfare as much as she can. As a student, she has attended many seminars and conferences related to the veterinary profession, and currently, she is focused on veterinary content writing. Although she owns a cat, she strongly claims that “dogs are her favorite people”.