Are Samoyeds Good Family Dogs?

You’ve probably arrived at this post because you’re thinking about getting a Samoyed as a family pet and are wondering if this breed is good with kids. Read on to find out a bit more about this breed to see if a Samoyed is for you.

 About the Samoyed

The Samoyed is a medium-sized dog and was originally bred to hunt, herd reindeer and pull sledges. They were brought to the UK in the 1800s.

The Samoyed is an intelligent, independent and friendly Dog and has a characteristic smile because the corners of the lips curl up to give the appearance of a smile.

Samoyed’s often live to the age of 12 or 14 years.

Are Samoyeds good family dogs?

The Samoyed Coat

Samoyed’s have a long double coat which requires a lot of grooming making the dog very high maintenance. Your dog will need a good thorough brush every day to keep the coat in tip-top condition. 

A slicker brush*, a comb and a FURminator* are good tools to use. Use the FURminator on the head and lower legs.

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Grooming must be carried out regularly especially during shedding times as it’s important not to let the code to get matted.

Samoyeds Need Companionship

Samoyeds need companionship and do not do well when left alone for extended periods, so if you’re out at work most of the day this is probably not the right dog for you. 

If left alone for long periods of time the Samoyed often develops into a nuisance barker and will become destructive and chew things. This breed is especially good at howling!

How Much Exercise Does A Samoyed Need

Samoyed’s love to play, they are very active dogs and need lots of exercise.  It’s recommended that a minimum of 2 hours of exercise every day is needed.

They do have a tendency to pull on the lead but can be trained to walk beside you.  A head collar can be used for excessive pulling.

If you have a back garden it’s a great area to play with your samoyed and help him burn off excess energy. A secure garden is a must because Samoyeds are good escape artists. 

If you want this type of breed it’s important that you have the time to walk and play with them daily.

Samoyeds and Kids 

Samoyeds are great with children as long as they have the correct socialisation. A Samoyed is a very loyal dog to the family but can sometimes favour just one person.

It’s important to keep an eye on them around small children because they are so excitable and boisterous they may knock them over. Adults should supervise dogs and kids are all times. Children should never be left alone with a dog.

Is a Samoyed for you? Do you already own a Samoyed? Let us know in the comments.