Samoyeds are stunning, but many people worry about their size. If you are looking for a smaller dog, you may be wondering if it’s possible to get a miniature Samoyed. Although mini Samoyeds don’t exist (at least, not from any reputable breeder or organization), you may be able to get another breed that looks like a full grown miniature Samoyed.
How Big Do Samoyeds Get?
Samoyeds are generally medium-sized dogs. Males are usually between 45 and 65 lbs, while females are usually between 35 and 50 lbs. There are outliers on either end of the scale, so you occasionally find a Samoyed that is slightly larger or smaller than the norm, but those are the exceptions.
If the typical Samoyed weight surprises you, you’re not alone. Many people unfamiliar with the breed assume that they’re much larger; people often guess that they weigh closer to 75 to 100 lbs. That’s because of all of their hair. All that fluff gives the illusion that Samoyeds are larger than they are. You’ll be surprised the first time you give an adult Samoyed a bath; they seem to shrink before your eyes!
Where Can I Get a Miniature Samoyed?
There is no such thing as a miniature Samoyed. You will occasionally see someone selling “mini Samoyed dog” puppies, but that’s a red flag. Miniature Samoyeds are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, or any other organization.
A breeder selling miniature Samoyeds is not abiding by the breed standard, and is likely crossing Samoyeds with other breeds — such as Pomeranians or Spitz dogs — to get smaller puppies.
Before purchasing a dog, make sure you carefully vet the breeder or organization. Buying a dog from a disreputable breeder can lead to heartbreak since they often sell dogs with genetic health issues.
Breeds That Look Like a Mini Samoyed
While you won’t be able to find a miniature Samoyed dog or teacup Samoyed, there are other breeds that may match the look you’re going for. If you love the Samoyed’s appearance but are worried it’s too big for your home, consider these options:
|Samoyed||American Eskimo||Japanese Spitz||Pomeranian|
|Color||White||White||White||White, black, red, orange, and more|
|Weight Range||35-50 lbs (Female)45-65 lbs (Male)||6-10 lbs (Toy)10-20 lbs (Mini)25-35 lbs (Standard)||10-25 lbs||3-7 lbs|
|Height Range||19-21 inches (Female)21-23.5 (Male)||9-12 inches (toy)12-15 inches (Mini)15-19 inches (Standard)||12-15 inches||6-7 inches|
The American Eskimo looks like a smaller, more compact Samoyed. There are three size ranges:
- Toy: 6-10 lbs, 9-12 inches
- Miniature: 10-20 lbs, 12-15 inches
- Standard: 25-35 lbs., 15-19 inches
They have gleaming white coats, upright ears, and a curled plume for a tail. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), American Eskimo dogs are smart, energetic, and eager to please.
The Japanese Spitz looks very similar to Samoyeds. It has a white coat, upturned tail, and even has the same black lips as a Samoyed. The difference? They’re much smaller. According to the AKC, Japanese Spitz dogs are typically between 10 and 25 lbs, and range in height from 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder. They are clever and loving dogs, and they enjoy adventures with their families.
A white Pomeranoan is easily mistaken for a full-grown miniature Samoyed. With their fluffy coats, upright ears, and perky smile, they look very much like mini Samoyeds.
Pomeranians come in many colors — including pure white — and are usually between three and seven pounds. The AKC says that they’re typically six to seven inches in height at the shoulder, and Pomeranians are loving, smart, and make excellent companions.
Finding the Right dog
Now that you know that miniature Samoyed dogs don’t exist, you can narrow down your search. You may decide that a Samoyed is right for you after all, or you may opt for a smaller breed that has a similar appearance, like the Pomeranian or American Eskimo. Whichever breed you choose, prepare for some maintenance! All of those breeds require regular brushing to keep them looking and feeling their best.
Check out this post on essential grooming supplies to ensure you have everything you need.