Is Your Samoyed Aggressive?

by Stuart | Last Updated:   June 4, 2021
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Have you fallen in love with the snow-white beauty of the Samoyed? Thinking about having a Samoyed as a pet? Do you want to know whether Samoyed is aggressive or not?

The good news is that Samoyeds are not aggressive at all, neither are they considered dangerous! Samoyed’s characteristic smile reveals its friendly and good-natured personality. They are often referred to as the ‘Smiling Sled Dogs’.

The temperament of Samoyed is a true joy. These white beauties are usually happy, gentle, and friendly. They love to spend time with their people.

However, a Samoyed can have an aggressive temperament due to abuse, neglect, and poor upbringing (as with any dog breed).

Samoyed Dog looking aggressive behind fencing

Temperament and Personality of Samoyeds

Samoyeds are the opposite of aggressive. They are cheerful, loving, and loyal dogs. These affectionate dogs make good companions for families.

Samoyeds are often described as the “Smiling Sled Dogs”. They are members of the Nordic Spitz canine group and were originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer. These medium-sized herding dogs have high energy levels and require regular, vigorous exercise.   

Sammies share the following characteristics:

  • Loyal: Loyalty is a natural behaviour of Samoyeds. These sledge dogs are very loyal to their family because of their pack mentality.
  • Barkers: Samoyeds often bark at high pitch and tend to bark at anything suspicious. If you want to have an alert/alarm for unexpected people or animals, Sammies serve as a reliable watchdog. They are always quick to sound an alarm.
  • Playful: Samoyeds are playful dogs and enjoy playing and spending time with their human companions. Fetch, frisbee toss, and ball games will keep them happy and engaged. 
  • Intelligent: Samoyeds are intelligent and smart dogs. They learn things very quickly and that makes them easy to train. They can read and react appropriately to human gestures. 
  • Friendly and People-Oriented: Samoyeds are very friendly towards everyone. These dogs love to be around their human companions and make superb family dogs.
  • Affectionate: Samoyeds are very loving and affectionate dogs. If socialized properly in puppyhood, they make an excellent family dog.
  • Sensitive: Samoyeds are an emotionally delicate breed and are very sensitive. They cannot easily handle inconsistent routines and noisy and chaotic households.
  • Do Not Tolerate Solitude: These charming white dogs love attention. It is not a good idea to leave Sammies all by themselves as you go for a walk or to work. When left alone, they tend to be anxious, bored, and lonely and could become problematic and destructive.
  • Strong Prey Drive: Samoyeds have a strong prey drive and are natural hunters. They are hardwired to chase prey. They should always be leashed during walks. It is not recommended that you introduce one into a household with smaller pets (i.e. cats or rabbits). 

Are Samoyeds Good Family Dogs?

The Samoyed is a friendly and affectionate breed. They thrive on being part of household activity. Sammies enjoy a close association with those they live with. They have an innate desire to be a contributing member of the family. A well-trained Samoyed is an incredibly sweet and friendly dog with a sound and reliable temperament.

Let’s have a look at Samoyed’s friendliness towards children, cats, and other dogs:

Are Samoyeds Good with Other Dogs?

Usually, they do not pose any threat to the other dogs that the owner might possess. Sammies are not usually aggressive with other dogs! When socialized properly, Samoyeds are very good with other dogs.

The even-tempered Sammy enjoys the company of other dogs and is not reactive toward other dogs. This is especially true if Samoyed has been raised with other dogs since puppyhood. 

Are Samoyeds Good with Cats?

At heart, the Samoyed is still a hunter with a high prey drive. They are likely to chase after cats and other small animals that they perceive as prey. 

You should be careful when it comes to cats and other small pets. For safety, Samoyed should always be leashed in parks and during walks.

Remember, that although the Samoyed is genetically hardwired to chase prey, they can be trained to live peacefully with cats. This is especially true if both the kitten and puppy are introduced into the home at the same time under a lot of supervision. Older Samoyeds and cats might have problems with one another. 

For harmonious coexistence with felines in their household; training, socialization, and a proper introduction are essential. If you do want your Samoyed to get comfortable with a cat, it’s best to bring your feline member into your Samoyed’s life when the dog is young. Even after training, close supervision at all times is advised. 

Are Samoyeds Good with Kids?

Samoyeds are very fond of children. A well-socialized Sammy truly enjoys the attention and company of kids. They are known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. A Samoyed would make a great companion for an older child who has the energy to match these elegant and fluffy snow dogs.

Sammies are hyper dogs with enormous energy. They can be a little excited and energetic for small toddlers. Due to their size and strength, they can unintentionally knock over a small kid without even being aware of what has happened. You should always supervise all interactions between kids and dogs.

Teach children how to approach and touch Samoyeds to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your children to treat their Samoyed with kindness and respect. Also, educate them to never approach any dog while it’s eating or sleeping. Kids should never try to take the dog’s food away. 

Pet Parent Tip: No dog, no matter how friendly and loving, should ever be left unsupervised with a small child.

If you want your Samoyed to get along well with kids, your guests, and other pets you must start socialization early and reward them for good behaviour.

Samoyed puppy sitting on couch next to female's lap

Will a Samoyed Attack an Intruder?

Sammies are great watchdogs but providing protection and attacking an intruder is not their specialty. They have a friendly and non-aggressive temperament. Samoyeds are not overly suspicious of intruders or strangers. These dogs do not make good guard dogs due to their incredibly friendly nature.

Samoyeds meet strangers with their natural friendly “smile.” They will very rarely see intruders as a threat. Sammies would likely bark at intruders but won’t attack them. They can’t be left in your backyard as a deterrent to intruders

Are Sammies Good Watch Dogs?

Sammies can still make energetic watchdogs because of their barking tendency. A Samoyed is protective of its family and would bark to alert the owners when they see an unusual trespasser. They are also known to bark when they sense that their family members are in danger.

Samoyeds will alert when someone, especially a stranger, approaches their territory, and their high-pitched bark will not go unnoticed. Their bark draws you to make a judgment call on the best precaution to take from there.

Interesting fact: Samoyeds are very vocal and talkative dogs. They are known for their tendency to not only bark but “sing” as well. Their melodious and harmonious yodels sound a lot like singing.

Tips for Having a Well-Behaved Samoyed

Here are a few ideas that you can take to ensure that your Samoyed will grow up to be a friendly and well-rounded dog:

  • Socialization: Sammies need socialization and exposure to many different people, animals, places, sounds, and sights during puppyhood. Socialization shapes a dog’s personality built over its natural temperament.
  • Lots of Love and Attention: Give your Sammy a lot of love and attention. Make sure to spend time regularly with your fluffy white dog.
  • Exercise: Before getting a Samoyed, you need to make sure that you can manage the exercise needs of this dog. Samoyeds are high energy dogs. You should remove their pent up energy through exercises and games like fetch, nose games, hide-and-seek. These activities will keep your dog busy and happy.
  • Training: Samoyeds are energetic dogs and require training right from puppyhood. Untrained Sammies will struggle to get along with people and other pets. This can lower their quality of life.
  • Use Positive Reinforcement: Always reward the positive behaviour of your dog. Sammies feel special every time they are rewarded with praises and rewards. They will react better to this technique than to “negative reinforcement” or scolding/removal of desired items. 
  • Stay Consistent: You need to be consistent with your dog. Lack of consistency might reinforce the negative behaviour. Routines are also very important for this same reason.

Pet Parent Tip: Many behavioural problems have a root in a dog’s early upbringing. Set limits from the start and your Samoyed will be a wonderful companion. 

In Closing

If you want your Samoyed to always stay friendly, it is important to provide enough mental stimulation and physical challenges. These can be in the form of training, exercises, and playtime. Behavioural issues may stem if Sammies do not get exercise and mental stimulation.

If you don’t have much time to socialize your Sammy pup, consider getting it into puppy kindergarten class by the time your white fur baby is 10 to 12 weeks old. 

It is unlikely that there will ever be a dull moment with your Sammy around! 

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