What’s not to love about Samoyeds? They’re fluffy, beautiful, with gleaming white coats. But what if white just isn’t your thing? If you adore the temperament of the Samoyed but are looking for a dog of another color, you may be wondering if you can buy a black Samoyed.
Unfortunately, Samoyeds don’t come in black, but they do come in some color variations. Here’s what you need to know, and what other breeds to consider if black is more your style.
Can a Samoyed Have black fur?
A common question people have is, “Can a Samoyed be black?” For the answer, we turn to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
According to the AKC, the Samoyed breed standard allows for just four colors:
- White & Biscuit
As you can see, a black coat doesn’t fall within the AKC’s breed standard. If you find a dog that looks like a black Samoyed, he may be a mix of breeds or a different breed entirely.
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Dogs that look like a black Samoyed dog
If you have your heart set on a black Samoyed puppy, there may be some hope for you. There are a few other breeds that resemble a Samoyed, but that have black coats.
Like the Samoyed, the Belgian Sheepdog is a medium-sized working dog, and is part of the AKC’s herding group. Females are usually 45 to 60 lbs., and males are usually 55 to 75 lbs. They are highly trainable, energetic, and extremely clever.
According to the breed standard, the only acceptable color for Belgian Sheepdogs is black, though they may have small white markings on the chest, between the pads of their feet, on tips of hind toes, or on the chin or muzzle.
The Eurasier is a medium-sized dog, ranging from 40 to 70 lbs. Unlike the Samoyed, they come in a wide range of colors, including black, red, and fawn. They are calm, intelligent, and gentle dogs.
If you’re looking for a dog that has the fluffiness of a Samoyed in a smaller package, consider the Pomeranian. These fluffy dogs are intelligent and energetic; they are bold dogs in tiny bodies. They come in many colors, including black, white, and red.
If you’re looking for a dog that looks like a black Samoyed, check your local rescue or visit PetFinder.com. You may find a dog that is a mix of different breeds that resembles a Samoyed, but with different color variations.
Finding the right dog for you
When you think about getting a new dog, you likely spend plenty of time day-dreaming about the perfect pooch for you. While the idea of a black Samoyed or black Samoyed puppy may be appealing, it will be impossible to find a purebred, well-bred Samoyed that fits that criteria. Instead, you’d be better off looking at other breeds that match your interests, or visiting shelters to find a dog that appeals to you.
If you decide a Samoyed is right for you, here’s what you should know about bringing a Sammy home.