WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF A SAMOYED?
The Samoyed is a medium-sized Spitz, recognisable for its stunning white coat. But what is the size of a full-grown Samoyed? And how much will it weigh? See all our answers below.
How Big Are Samoyeds?
As is often the case with medium or large dogs, there is some difference in size between male and female Samoyeds. In adulthood, a dog will measure between 51 and 56cm, while a bitch will measure between 46 and 51cm at the withers. As such, the difference between the smallest female and the largest male can be quite substantial. If you’re looking for a smaller dog, choose a female pup. However, regardless of its size, the Samoyed is perfectly capable of living in an apartment, provided certain conditions are met. It’s also important to note that there is no difference in the temperament of male and female Samoyed dogs.
How Much Do Samoyeds Weigh?
The Samoyed dog is quite a lightweight dog breed, with the male generally weighing more than the female. An adult dog weighs between 20 and 30kg, while a bitch weighs between 16 and 20kg on average.
There are two distinct stages in the Samoyed’s growth. First, a phase of rapid growth until the age of 7 or 8 months. At around six months old, a male puppy weighs between 14 and 21kg, while a female weighs between 12 and 15kg. By the age of one year, the male will weigh between 19.4 and 29kg and the female between 15.5 and 19.4kg. Experts estimate that it’s possible to know the final weight of a Samoyed by its 8th month of life, at which point it weighs around two-thirds of its adult weight. The Samoyed reaches maturity at around 16 months old. This is slower than small dogs but faster than some large dogs who don’t reach their adult size until around 2 years old.
A Quick Note About the Samoyed’s Growth
Growth is a delicate time for all puppies. Your pooch is in the process of transformation, so care must be taken not to put too much stress on its joints to prevent the onset of serious joint problems. For example, don’t let your pup run up and down the stairs or engage in intense or sustained physical activity. Limit playtime and the length of your walks, and pay close attention to your pup’s needs. It’s important to avoid overexerting your Samoyed during this critical period, as you could risk them developing hip or elbow dysplasia, a serious joint disorder that leads to complete loss of mobility.
The Samoyed’s beautiful, luscious coat is one of its most recognisable features. This gorgeous dog has long, thick, and abundant fur with a short, dense, and soft undercoat. The Samoyed also has a beautiful ruff around the neck and shoulders, which is typically larger in males. The breed standard only accepts white coats, with the acceptable shades of white being as follows: pure white, white and biscuit, cream. The outer coat may also be silver-tipped.
Another famous feature of the Samoyed is its "smile". Indeed, this furball has a slightly upturned mouth that gives the impression of a smile. This smile is typical of the breed, so be careful not to anthropomorphise your pooch! The Samoyed smile has no special meaning; it’s just a physical trait that makes this cute dog appear very happy and friendly. Truth be told, there were originally three types of Samoyed: a "fox" type, which was smaller and bred out fairly quickly; a "bear" type, which birthed the famous smile; and a "wolf" type with big ears. The current breed standard is a mixture of all three types.
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