Samoyeds are lovable and oh so fluffy but do they get along with other dogs? This is a good question to wonder if you already have a samoyed and your thinking of bringing another dog into the family. Vice versa as well if you have another dog but you would like to get a samoyed. There are many factors that go into how well two dogs might get along things like personality, training, and socialization all help determine it. Its important cause you want them to get along and not fight.
Samoyeds can get along well with other dogs if they’ve both been properly socialized. They do need to be introduced to each in the right way along with good training. Samoyeds do have very high energy levels so it would be good if they had a friend who could keep up.
Samoyeds are a breed of dog that is very naturally attuned to their family. Their pack animals it’s the way their ancestors were and most members of this breed continue this. So its quite natural for them to be accepting of new members of the pack including new dogs. Problems however can occur. Just like an only child might get upset when they learn a new baby is on the way the same it is with a samoyed.
There are a lot of factors that can go into making a good relationship between two dogs. One it’s good if they have personalities that mesh well. In the incidence of a Samoyed, this probably means they might do better with a high energy dog like themselves. Now of course this doesn’t mean that the Samoyed would hate another dog that was much calmer. Just that with the Samoyeds high energy level that might overwhelm a more sedentary breed.
Size also should be a consideration. Samoyeds can be considered to lie firmly in the middle based upon dog size. A lot of dogs will be the same size, with some being bigger and others smaller. When dealing with very small dogs, you have to be sure that the Samoyed understands their greater levels of strength and that they be gentle. Once again energy level plays a large part as a Samoyed might injure a smaller dog in overly boisterous play.
This is where training becomes crucial. It’s important to try to begin to train your Samoyed to get along with other dogs from puppyhood. Of course if for some reason this wasn’t able to take place it doesn’t mean your doomed. Only that the training might take longer and be a bit harder with an older dog then it would be for a youngster.
The most important thing is to do your research. Investigate dog behavior and know the two dogs well. This article will help provide a basis for that though it certainly wont have everything their is about two dogs getting along. But if you keep reading it should provide a firm foundation.
Do Samoyeds Need Another Dog as a Companion?
I would say that Samoyeds don’t need another dog as a companion to be happy. Dogs are fairly simple creatures with Samoyeds being no exception. They live in the moment and enjoy what life brings them. But dogs are meant to be pack animals and so there are some things that a dog can get from having a companion animal that they might not get from their humans.
Of course, taking on the responsibility of taking care of two dogs is a big one. So you have to make sure that you have the time and resources to do it properly. Its twice the food, twice the medical, and twice the time and love that you need to give. But in some ways, two dogs can be easier especially with the large energy and play needs of a Samoyed.
With another dog the Samoyed gets a ready playmate that may simply have a lot more energy to play with them then you do. Sometimes the two dogs can do a good job of entertaining each other when you’re busy. This could mean that your Samoyed would be somewhat happier with a companion dog but only if you have the resources to take care of both of them properly.
What Kind of Dogs Make the Best Companion for a Samoyed?
The most important thing is that both dogs be well socialized, trained, and have compatible personalities. Personally I think probably the best dogs to hang out with a Samoyed will have close to the same energy level and be around the same size. But there are many factors to the equation and its almost certain that with good training your Samoyed will be able to get along with just about any dog as a companion. Here though are a few tips to help give some guidance.
- Two Samoyeds can get along great: When you have two Samoyeds together prepare for their too be a lot of fun. While it’s not guaranteed that they will, having the same breed personality and playful tendencies will give an excellent start to the relationship. They will see eye to eye and have a better natural understanding of what upsets and pleases the other.
- Dogs with high energy levels: One of the primary reasons you might want another dog to serve as a companion to your Samoyed is for the purposes of play. But with the Samoyeds massively hyperactive personality they can easily overwhelm a more sedentary dog. So it’s important that the other dog be able to keep up with them so to speak.
- Dogs of the opposite gender: Surprisingly a boy and girl dog are less likely to show aggression towards each other. The most aggressive are two males but two females can have more aggression than the opposite gender as well. So if you have a Samoyed and you want another dog consider getting one of the opposite gender, it will put a hold on potential fights.
- Two girl dogs: While not as good as having dogs of the opposite gender, two girl dogs are less likely to fight. Probably cause their less fighting over dominance, those masculine hormones can really up the ante when it comes to male dog aggression.
- A dog roughly the same size as the Samoyed: When you have two dogs of roughly the same size even though this doesn’t really affect aggression levels. It does however reassure you that one won’t as easily be able to hurt the other. This can be important with Samoyeds as their easily excitable and so could accidentally hurt a smaller dog.
- Raise them together from puppyhood: Without a doubt, one of the easiest kind of dogs for a Samoyed to get along with are a dog that they’ve known all their life. In puppyhood that got the chance to forge an iron-strong bond that should hold for the rest of their lives. This won’t stop fighting completely but it should lessen it considerably.
Do Samoyeds Get Along With Small Dogs?
It can always be a bit hair raising when you have a larger dog and a small dog meet. After all, some small dogs can weight as little as 5 pounds. Even a medium-sized dog like the Samoyed could seem to be able to gulp them down with one bite. While Samoyeds are not exactly small dogs they can get very excitable. Plus when they do they have the energy to be quite destructive. This means you do have to be cautious with them around very little dogs as they could run over them unintentionally.
Here are some tips to help your Samoyed get along with small dogs.
- Make sure that your small dog has an escape route: Few things are worse then two dogs getting stuck together in close quarters. This is where a lot of aggression and injuries can take place. Of course, this is true of pretty much all animals. So prevent the Samoyed from being in close quarters with the small dog and try to ensure the little fellow can escape if need be.
- Give your small dog a safe space: When you have really tiny dogs along with a larger dog like a Samoyed. It’s good to give the little one their own space where the Samoyed isn’t allowed. This could be a separate room or a part of the house that you’ve gated off with a child gate or something similar.
- Separate your dogs when your gone for a while: While your two dogs should be encouraged to interact when your around to supervise. This provides socialization and trust-building. But when you leave for the day depending upon their trust level you might want to separate them. Put them in separate rooms or different parts of the house. You do not want to return to find one of your dogs badly injured.
- Train your samoyed with a leave it command: Its a good idea to teach your samoyed to leave something alone when you say. This is often called the leave it command. That way if your samoyed picks up a frog or in this case a small dog you have a command for the situation.
- Feed them separately: Feeding time can be the greatest chance of your samoyed and small dog to get into a fight. Food is dangerously serious to dogs. Even though we know theirs plenty to go around. They usually don’t understand and operate on a scarcity mindset. For this reason, you should feed them in different locations. This also cuts down on the risk of one dog stealing the others food.
How to Train Your Samoyed to Get Along With Other Dogs
Training can not be underestimated as a factor in a dog’s behavior. Dogs often will act in the way that the world has taught them to. If a lot of their experiences with other dogs are bad then they’re going to be very distrustful. Likewise, if your Samoyed has had lovely times with other dogs then they will be happy to see a fellow canine.
The key to training is it gives us a chance to intercept their natural behavior that their experiences have given. To change it to something more positive and in alignment with our lifestyle. It’s important to note that doing this training in a positive way is generally more successful than using a negative method. By positive we mean lots of treats and praise when they do things right. While its the nicest form of training its also generally the most effective especially in the hands of normal people.
Here is a basic guideline of how training your Samoyed to get along with other dogs might look like.
- First, your going to need a location with other dogs. If you can enlist a dog-owning friend to help you then that will be best. Failing to have such a friend on hand however you can just use a local park.
- Take your Samoyed to the park and try to find a place to rest together off of the main thoroughfare. The goal here is to expose our samoyed to other dogs and gauge their reactions. Whenever our Samoyed has a calm happy reaction as another dog passes them then we want to praise them. A treat becomes at this time an extra-strong way to praise your Samoyed.
- Repeat this a lot of times until your Samoyeds reactions become natural. Only then try to move your Samoyed even closer to the other dogs.
- Try the method again now that your dog is closer and once again praise any positive reaction.
- Then start walking with your Samoyed parallel to the main path. Passing other dogs and letting them pass you. Keep praising and keep those treats handy.
- Once you feel super confident in your Samoyeds good behavior around other dogs. Only then approach another dog owner and ask them if it’s okay if your Samoyed goes up and says hello.
A Few Good Ways to Introduce a New Dog to Your Samoyed
If your thinking of bringing a new dog into your family but your worried how your Samoyed might react or vice verse. Then here are a few ways to go about it without any risk.
- Separate the dogs with a barrier where they can see each other: Use something like a chainlink fence or some other barrier. The key is that the dogs can’t physically touch each but their within eyesight. This allows your Samoyed to size up the newcomer with feeling too threatened. Plus it also allows you to gauge how easily they might get along. If everything is happy smiles and tail wags then you know the task ahead might be easier than you thought.
- Use their scents to build friendship: This other method involves the dog’s sense of smell as opposed to their eyesight. Take some item that has a lot of the other dog’s scent on it. Then put in close to your Samoyeds usually resting and play area. This way your samoyed can get used to the smell of the other while also engaging in some of their favorite activities. Playtime and naptime.
A Few Signs of Samoyed Aggression
Hopefully, your Samoyed won’t have that many problems with aggression towards other dogs. But in case there is some aggression its important to know what the beginning of that might look like. Now one or two of these might just be displayed in a good roughhousing play session. But if you see multiple signs or the more aggressive ones then you can be pretty sure that your Samoyed is unhappy with the other dog.
- Samoyed with stiff posture: When a samoyed does a dead stare at another dog while their body seems as stiff as a board. Then beware that trouble may not be far. Often Samoyeds will do something like this towards something they feel threatened or aggressive towards.
- Raised hair along the shoulder blade: Similar to a cat a Samoyeds hair along their shoulder blades and rear will stand on end when their upset. Kind of like in those goofy cartoons where the dog’s hair stands straight out. It won’t be that obvious but much subtler while being somewhat similar.
- Displaying their teeth at the other dog: Theirs your fluffy Samoyed hanging out with another dog everything seemingly going fine. But then your Samoyed raises their lips showing off their pearly chompers. This isn’t a smile however but a very overt sign of your Samoyed feeling aggressive to the other dog. If this takes place you need to separate the dogs if you can just make sure you don’t get bitten by accident.
- Snapping: Usually, once one dog starts snapping at the other even if their not making contact then that’s a bad sign. This should be like an alarm bell that tells you that you need to get your Samoyed away from the other dog before something worse happens.
- Deep throated growling: Sometimes dogs will make various grunts and moans when their happy or want something from you. It’s important to be able to distinguish these happy vocalizations from a true growl. The best way to do that is experience and knowing your dog. But generally, a growl will be deeper and seem to come from their throat as opposed to high in their voice.
Samoyeds are usually very playful when it comes to other dogs. But a bad experience or insufficient canine socialization could lead to worse reactions. It’s important to know both your own dog and the other dog quite well. That way you can more easily tell when the relationship is going south. Also, you will know better ahead of time how they might act with each other.
When you do some good training and planning will usually lead to your Samoyed getting along with other dogs. It’s really just a matter of how much time your willing to give and what your level of knowledge is. I wish you good luck in all your future interactions between your Samoyed and other dogs.