The Samoyed (SĂM – ē – yĕd), nicknamed “Sammy” or “Sam,” is one of the oldest and purest dog breeds in existence today. Recent DNA analysis has resulted in the Samoyed being included in a list of the fourteen most ancient dog breeds, and some believe that Samoyeds have been bred and trained for at least 3,000 years.
Samoyeds originated in northern Siberia, where the Samoyede people bred them for herding reindeer, pulling sleds, and as companions. At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic and Antarctic explorers utilized Samoyeds as sled dogs in their expeditions. Survivors of these frontier forays made their way to Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, and their descendants can now be found throughout the world.
Samoyeds are medium-
As for their personalities, Samoyeds are well known for their smiling expression, often referred to as the “Sammy smile,” which is an outward sign of their happy disposition. They are extremely intelligent, inquisitive, friendly and loyal. Despite the fact that they also can be quite stubborn and vocal, they are highly trainable. Above all, Samoyeds are very human-
As working dogs, Samoyeds are happiest when they are busy! Some of the many activities they enjoy, and in which they excel, include pack hikes, skijoring, sledding, herding and agility. They want and need regular exercise. On the "Sammy Fun" page of this website, we have included some of the many activities which Samoyeds enjoy.