The Samoyed has a strong reputation for being an excellent dog either as a household pet or as a working dog. Indeed, their unique characteristics as a breed make them equally suitable for either extreme, but in their enthusiasm to tell you what's so wonderful about their pet, many owners will overlook certain facts that might make for an important consideration when determining whether or not you want to bring a Samoyed into your own home. Before you commit to anything, be sure that you're making the right decision for both yourself and your future dog by taking a step back and reviewing the pros and cons of the Samoyed breed.
The Samoyed is a large-size dog and has a very zestful attitude. They love to receive vigorous exercise and to engage in activities that might exhaust most humans, such as sports or sledding. This can be a great thing for you if you're a person who spends a lot of time outdoors and are looking for a jolly companion to spend your time with. However, if you spend most of your days at a desk and rarely get to see the great outdoors, you might just end up with a dog who feels neglected.
The Samoyed is a Northern breed who thrives in cold weather. While they can easily adapt to warmer climates and they'll shed their coat to suit whatever their environment dictates, the Samoyed still seems to love cold climates the best. Besides, if you live in a place where it never snows, you'll never get to see the Samoyed's innate sledding skills in action!
The Samoyed is a good-natured dog who gets along well with most anyone, including strangers. This can be great if you're after a family-friendly dog who has virtually not an aggressive bone in his body, but might prove problematic if you thought you were getting a good guard dog just because he came in a large package...
The Samoyed loves to be around people. This is good for people who desire a loving dog that they can take an active interest in and spend lots of quality time with, but it also means that they're prone to separation anxiety and make act out in destructive ways if they're left alone for long periods of time. Be sure that your schedule can accommodate a Samoyed before you bring one into your home.
The Samoyed's tendency to "sing" or "speak" can be a very endearing quality, but if you live in a home that you share with others (particular those who aren't fond of animals in the first place) or in an apartment building, you might find this behavior becoming a problem rather quickly.
All in all, the Samoyed is an excellent dog who can thrive in a wide variety of environments. Just make sure, for your happiness and his, that you're fully capable of providing one of those environments.