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Samoyed – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Samoyed - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1906
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 48" dog crate*

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Samoyed dogs are a fluffy herding dog and help Samoyedic people in Siberia to pull sleds.

They are originally bred to hunt, herd reindeer, haul sleds, and accompany their owners in pack hiking, tracking, warming, and sleeping.

They can be your best family friends. Sometimes the Samoyed is also nicknamed as 'Sammie' or 'Bjelkier'.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Samoyed in 1906.

These medium energy dogs are known as friendly, gentle, and adaptable. In fact, their friendliness means they can’t be expected to be your guardian dogs. They have a smiley expression and bark loudly if they see someone approaching their territory.

Curiosity, intelligence, and energy are their most prominent traits. They have a herding instinct so when they play with children, supervise and train them to not go too far. They are now ranked by AKC as 65th most popular dog breed.


Everyone loves their fluffy white coat and their smiley expression. Samoyeds can weigh between 35 to 65 pounds with 19 to 24 inches in height, with females being smaller than males. They possess beauty, strength, agility, and alertness.

The Samoyed’s heavy coat shows that they don’t tolerate hot weather well. Their eyes are almond shaped in black, brown, blue, or other colors but only black and brown are allowed in the show rings. They have triangular and erected ears with a curled tail.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to 35-65 pounds sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


They are heavy shedders so daily brushing is needed when the seasonal shed comes but only twice or three times a week otherwise. Samoyeds have a thick coat so expect to spend more time and money in bathing, shampooing, rinsing, drying, and brushing.

Nails should be trimmed once a month, teeth brushing is needed at least twice a week, and check the ears regularly to avoid debris, wax, or dirt. Keeping your Samoyeds clean is important to avoid undesirable health problems.


They do require lots of exercise since they were bred to do outdoor activities. When they are bored, they often dig and wander. Samoyeds do not like to just sit inside the house and watch TV, they like to be busy with activities. Provide them with walks, hikes, games, or other types of training.

They like to play with children and with their friendly expression, it will be hard for children to not like them. They are very social dogs, Samoyeds love to meet new people and are curious about them. Leaving them with other dogs or children is okay, but it is important to keep an eye on the situation.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 48” dog crates* for most adult Samoyed dogs.

Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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