Family: spitz, Northern (herding)
Area of origin: Russia (Siberia)
Original function: herding reindeer, guardian, draft
Average size of male: Ht: 21-23.5, Wt: 45-65
Average size of female: Ht: 19-21, Wt: 35-50
Other names: Samoyedskaya
Samoyed Dog Temperament
Gentle and playful, the Samoyed makes a good companion for a child or person of any age. She is a closely bonded family dog. She is amiable with strangers, other pets and usually, other dogs. She is calm indoors, but this clever, sometimes mischievous breed needs daily physical and mental exercise. If allowed to become bored, she may dig and bark. She is independent and often stubborn, but is willing to please and is responsive to her family's wishes. She may tend to herd children.