The Samoyed is a breed of large herding dog that descended from the Nenets herding laika, a spitz-type dog, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding.

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Life expectancy: 12 – 13 years

Temperament: Stubborn, Lively, Sociable, Alert, Playful, Friendly

Height: Female: 48–53 cm, Male: 53–60 cm

Weight: Female: 16–20 kg, Male: 20–30 kg

Colors: White, White & Biscuit, Cream

Sammies are most often described by owners and trainers as a gentle breed that is very intelligent and playful. Samoyeds are renowned as great family dogs; they work well within a family unit and have a loving and affectionate personality.

Breed Group: Working Dogs

Middle Age: 6 years

Life Span: 10 to 12 years

The Samoyed, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, occasionally is troubled with progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and diabetes. The minor health issues affecting the breed include hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, and cataract, while a major health concern is canine hip dysplasia (CHD).

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