If you are thinking about adopting a Samoyed or just interested in learning more about these happy-looking dogs, check out our 10 Samoyed facts.
1. Samoyeds come from Siberia
Samoyeds are an ancient breed of dog that originates from Siberia. They served as companions to the Samoyed people in Serbia and were used to pull sleds, herd reindeer and hunt game. They were also valuable to have inside the home too. While their friendly natures made them great playmates for children, they also kept their owners warm with their thick fluffy coats.
2. Samoyeds were loved by royals
Samoyeds first arrived in England in the late 19th century, mainly thanks to the explorer Robert Scott. Samoyeds were also given as gifts to Alexandra of Denmark, who later became Queen of England. The dog breed was known to have been a favourite with Queen Alexandra, who also became a breeder, and she was keen to promote awareness of the breed. Many Samoyeds today have ancestry that can be traced back to Queen Alexandra's dogs.
3. Samoyeds groom themselves just like cats
Samoyeds' have lush, dense double coats. But if you think Samoyeds must get dirty very quickly because of their pure-white fluffy coat, you may be surprised. Samoyeds are great groomers, just like cats. They will diligently self-groom just like our feline friends do. But if you adopt a Samoyed, you still need to play your part in grooming. Samoyed fur is very dense and needs regular brushing and combing.
4. Samoyeds come in other colours than white
While we may think of the Samoyed as only a bright white dog, they can also have white with silver tips, biscuit, cream or yellow-coloured coats. However, the pure white coat has taken over in most areas of the world.
5. Samoyeds don't smell
While other dogs are certainly known for their distinctive odour (yes, we are talking about you Basset Hounds), the Samoyed is actually an odourless pup. You don't need to bathe these does as much as other breeds. But don't forget, daily brushing and combing must be part of their routine to avoid their fur getting matted.
6. Samoyed fur is used to make clothes
Samoyeds have a lush, thick double coat that's coarse and straight at the top and soft and wool-like at the bottom. Their coat is warmly padded on the inside and has a water-resistant coating on the outside. But Samoyeds also shed - a lot. In fact, Samoyeds shed so much that many owners collect up all the excess fur and turn it into clothing. Samoyed fur can be spun into yarn for clothing. As it is so warm and strong, and of course, doesn't smell, it makes a great alternative to sheep's wool.
7. Samoyeds are a close relative to the wolf
You can spot a Samoyed by their fox-like faces and cute curly tails. But while adorable, these physical characteristics are due to them being a Spitz breed, which means they are part of the group of dogs closely related to wolves.
8. Samoyeds are famous for their smile
Samoyeds are well known for their happy and smiling facial expressions, often called the 'Sammie Smile.' Their sparkling eyes, slightly curved mouth and attentive ears help to make these dogs even more appealing.
9. Samoyeds can also sing
Yes, if their smile hasn't already got you weak at the knees, the lovely Samoyed can even sing. Well, technically, it's more like a howl, thanks to their genetic closeness to wolves. But their melodious yodels do sound uncannily like the sound of singing.
10. The Samoyed is prone to certain health problems
Sadly, these smiling fluffy clouds are prone to some health problems such as hip dysplasia, diabetes, glaucoma, kidney disease and certain cancers. They also don't tolerate high temperatures very well and can get heatstroke during the summer. Regular check-ups at the vet and balanced dog food will help to keep them healthy.
There you have it, ten facts about the stunning smiling Sammie. Which one is your favourite?