Two Samoyeds sitting on a couch together.

How Do You Pronounce Samoyed?

Most of the time it is pretty easy to guess how to pronounce a breed’s name. Labrador, Golden Retriever, and Dalmatian are pretty instinctive names, and we usually say them without thinking twice. But although Samoyed may seem like one of these cases, have you ever wondered for a second if it might not be that way at all? So, now that I’ve hopefully made you curious, let’s answer the question as to how you pronounce Samoyed?

There are some common pronunciations for Samoyed, but “SAM-uh-yed” is the closest to the right and original one.

Isn’t It Obvious How To Pronounce Samoyed?

Since reading and speaking a word out loud is a very natural process for most people, we don’t tend to overthink pronunciations, and we just say the word as it seems most appropriate. So, obviously, we would automatically say “SA-moy-yed” and not even wonder if it’s right or wrong. 

It happens that sometimes a word has roots in a language other than English that totally changes the pronunciation though. Samoyed, for example, comes from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. So, it turns out the pronunciation of a word is not always as obvious as we believe.

How Do You Pronounce Samoyed?

As we’ve seen, people tend to say “SA-moy-yed”, with an emphasis on the “sa” syllable, and this is probably the way you are going to hear it the most. Although this is the most common pronunciation, it is a little far from the most correct one.

Since the word has Russian roots and the pronunciation is the same in both that language and English, the right way to pronounce Samoyed is “SAM-uh-yed”, stressing the “sam” syllable and almost making the “uh” sounds like an “o”. This way, you are totally honoring the origin of the word and saying it appropriately. 

Another variation that exists is the pronunciation, “Sam-uh-YED”, almost like the original one, but with an emphasis on the “yed” syllable. This version is used by American Kennel Club when referring to our dear Sammies.

Other Curiosities About Samoyeds

A pair of Samoyed puppies walking together through the grass.
Look at these Samoyed puppies!

The pronunciation is not the only thing that is different in Samoyeds. Here are three curiosities about these very friendly white dogs.

Their Constant Smile

Sammies are really known for their smiles. It doesn’t matter what is going on around them, they are always happy and literally smiling since the corners of their mouth are curved up. And although being cute would be reason enough, this aspect has a practical function: it keeps them from drooling so it prevents the formation of icicles – which is very useful in extremely cold situations, which is where they come from!

A Natural Good Scent

Are you familiar with the “doggy scent” some of our furry friends exude after a few days without a bath? Well, Sammies simply don’t have it – or at least they take a lot longer to show it. Even though they only need a few baths per year and have long fur and double coats, Samoyeds are one of the cleanest and best-smelling breeds.

Similarity To Wolves

Samoyeds are also one of the breeds that share more similarities with wolves. They are one of the most ancient dog breeds and have fewer genetic differences from wolves than other dogs. You get the chance to practically have a white wolf as a pet, but a very happy and amiable one. Awesome, right?

Conclusion: How Do You Pronounce Samoyed?

So, to conclude, the correct pronunciation for Samoyed is “SAM-uh-yed.” However, you can update the way you say it if you want. Or you could just call them Sammies. Either way, the important thing is to keep loving them. 

Had you ever heard about this before? Are you going to change your pronunciation or just keep calling them the best white dogs ever? Talk to us in the comments below!

Thamiris da Rocha
Thamiris da Rocha
Thamiris has been passionate about animals for as long as she can remember. When she was a little kid, she used to ask her parents to stop the car at every corner to try to rescue a dog from the streets and take it home. Years went by and that passion became a graduation in Veterinary Medicine, which she completed in 2019 at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), the best Vet School in Brazil. Now she is more than happy to share her knowledge with people and help them have more information and a better relationship with these amazing and special souls.