The mini Samoyed is one of the friendliest and cutest dog breeds. In this article, you will find comprehensive information about this breed – including its physical features, character traits, life expectancy, what it costs and how to take care of it.
The miniature Samoyed is the small version of the Samoyed dog. A mini Samoyed typically weighs between 25 and 35 pounds. They are normally white in color, though they may also have cream or ‘biscuit’ color tinges. The mini Samoyed has a friendly disposition, and is a rather clever and cute dog.
They are referred to as ‘Samoyeds’ on account of the fact that they were originally associated with Samoyedic people of Siberia.
What Exactly Is A Mini Samoyed?
Also referred to as a teacup Samoyed, the mini Samoyed is best described as the smaller version of the Samoyed dog. Whereas the ordinary Samoyed dog is normally in the 35 to 60 pounds weight range, the teacup miniature Samoyed is in the 25 to 35 pounds weight range.
And whereas the big Samoyed is normally in the 19-24 inches size range, the miniature Samoyed is normally in the 11 to 16 inches size range.
On account of its smaller size, some people refer to it as a toy Samoyed or miniature Siberian Samoyed.
Yet whereas it is smaller in size, the teacup Samoyed dog (mini Samoyed) retains all the behavioral attributes of the bigger Samoyed dog.
Therefore the mini Samoyed dog is a good choice for someone who desires the behavioral attributes (and elegant appearance) we associated with the Samoyed dog, but who on the other hand prefers a smaller dog.
Is There Such Thing As A Mini Samoyed?
Before proceeding with this discussion on miniature Samoyeds, it is important for us to pause and establish whether, in the first place, these mini Samoyeds do exist.
This is important, because the question of whether or not miniature Samoyeds actually exist is one that seems to arouse quite a bit of debate in dog lover circles.
So, indeed, is there a small version of Samoyed? Is there a mini Samoyed dog in the real world?
The answer is ‘yes’. The small Samoyed version does exist, and it is the one that we refer to as the miniature Samoyed.
To be sure, real mini Samoyeds are quite rare.
That, apparently, is on account of the fact that Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer who is responsible for popularizing this dog breed had the strategy of feeding the larger dogs on the smaller ones!
Therefore the smaller dogs seem to have disappeared this way. Those are presumably the smaller which would have bred over the years to give rise to many mini Samoyed.
And this is apparently why there are relatively few dwarf Samoyed dogs.
But all in all, the mini Samoyed (which some may refer to as a Samoyedo miniatura) does exist.
How Big Are Mini Samoyeds?
This, in other words, is a question on how big is a toy Samoyed? And the answer is that a full grown miniature Samoyed is normally in the 25 to 35 pounds range.
With regard to height, mini Samoyed dogs are in the 11 to 16 inches range.
Thus, a mini Samoyed full grown male may weigh between 27 and 35 pounds. A female on the other hand would have a weight in the 24 to 30 pounds range.
In terms of height, a male miniature Samoyed may be in the 12 to 17 inches range. A female would be in the 10 to 14 inches range.
For perspective’s range, we may compare this mini Samoyed size with that of ordinary Samoyeds.
That is where we come to realize that ordinary Samoyed’s weight is normally in the 19 to 24 inches range. Weight is normally in the 35 to 60 pounds range.
Now we can just compare the mini Samoyed weight with that of the ordinary Samoyed. Then it becomes clear that indeed the former is a miniature version of the latter.
A fully grown mini Siberian Samoyed dog may look more or less like an ordinary Samoyed puppy. Yet it is a fully grown dog, with no further potential for growth.
Then again, the actual size that a toy Samoyed dog grows into also depends on the care it receives.
A mini Samoyed puppy that receives proper care right from the time of its birth is likely to achieve its full potential in terms of growth. Even then, the teacup Samoyed puppy may not grow to the same size as an ordinary Samoyed dog.
What Color Are Mini Samoyeds?
In most cases, the mini Samoyed will be white in color.
But there are also cases where you find a mini Samoyed with the so-called biscuit color tinge, or cream tinge.
All in all though, the white mini Samoyed is what we tend to encounter.
The eyes of a true miniature Samoyed will have dark coloring, as will its nose and lips.
So you find a white mini Samoyed, but with dark lips, nose and eyes.
Of course, if what you are looking at is a mini Samoyed mix, the coloring may be different.
But for a pure miniature Samoyed, the color will normally be white – but sometimes with biscuit color or cream tinge.
What Are The Character Traits Of A Mini Samoyed?
The mini Samoyed temperament is largely a friendly one. The dog is normally highly intelligent, and rather inquisitive about things it encounters.
It is also a highly active dog, with requirements for daily exercise and mental stimulation.
The extremely friendly mini Samoyed temperament can be a good thing or a bad thing. That depends on what you are searching for.
If what you are searching for is an affable family pet dog, then the miniature Samoyed is likely to be a perfect choice: on account of its friendly nature.
But if what you are searching for is a guard dog, then the miniature Samoyed, on account of its friendly nature, is unlikely to be a good choice for that.
Similarly, the high intelligence of the miniature Samoyed dog can be either a good thing or a bad thing. That too depends on what you are searching for.
The high intelligence of the miniature Samoyed dog will be a good thing if you are seeking a dog that is easily and highly trainable.
But the high intelligence of the teacup Samoyed will not be such a good thing if what you want is a laid-back dog that has no mischief and that requires little mental stimulation.
Thanks to its friendly nature, the miniature Samoyed dog is rather good with kids. It also gets along well with other pets. However, its peace-loving nature may make it hard for it to coexist with the more aggressive pets.
Is The Mini Samoyed An Indoor Dog?
The mini Samoyed is not really an indoor dog.
It is worth understanding that in spite of small size, the miniature Samoyed is in the category of ‘working dogs’. As such, it needs plenty of room to play around and roll around in.
If what you are seeking is a dog that you can stay with inside an apartment (on full time basis), then the miniature Samoyed may not be very ideal.
That is because the modest space in a typical apartment may stifle this dog.
But if what you have is a large open space with a proper fence all around, then that would be the perfect habitat for the mini Samoyed.
In fact, even when it comes to crating, you find that you still need to provide a big enough crate. That is, big enough for the miniature Samoyed to play and roll around in.
Therefore in spite of its small size, the teacup Samoyed is not really an indoor dog.
Are Mini Samoyeds Trainable?
Miniature Samoyeds are highly intelligent dogs. This makes them easily trainable. But it also means that they can at times be mischievous in the course of training.
Therefore while training a miniature Samoyed dog, it may keep getting ahead of itself. Or it may sometimes do something different from what exactly you want it to do.
All this is understandable, especially when you consider that this is a dog with a mind of its own.
You are likely to achieve better results, in terms of teacup Samoyed training, if you opt for gentle rewards-based training. That is as opposed to harsh punishment-based training.
You are also likely to achieve good results, with regard to miniature Samoyed training, if you start the training early. At around two months of age, mini Samoyed puppies are usually ready for training.
This is the sort of dog that is best trained by a professional. That is because its great intelligence also translates into a complex character at times. But you can also opt for DIY training: if you have the time and patience for it.
How Long Do Mini Samoyeds Live?
With proper care, it is reasonable to expect a miniature Samoyed to live between 10 and 13 years.
Therefore in spite of the miniature Samoyed being smaller than the ordinary Samoyed dog, their lifespans are comparable.
That is because the ordinary Samoyed dogs typically live for 12 to 14 years. Yet the miniature Samoyeds live for 10 to 13 years.
Thus if you were to undertake a miniature Samoyed vs Samoyed (ordinary) dog life expectancy comparison, you would see that it is largely in the same range.
The key thing to note is that the lifespan of a miniature Samoyed depends to a great extent on the type of care it receives.
If someone gets hold of mini Samoyed puppies, fails to feed them properly, doesn’t attend to their health problems and doesn’t even water them well, they may not live for more than a couple of years.
But if you get a miniature Samoyed, give it enough proper food, attend to all its health issues, and generally give it good living conditions, then it may achieve its full potential in terms of life expectancy: at 10 to 13 years.
Therefore what we are saying, with regard to life expectancy is similar to what we said with regard to miniature Samoyed size. In that regard, we saw that a miniature Samoyed’s final adult size depends on the care it receives.
In the absence of proper care, miniature Samoyed full grown size may be too modest. It may not achieve its full growth potential.
That is also what applies with regard to life expectancy. Without proper care, the dog may not get to live as long as it would otherwise have.
What Health Problems Are Common In Mini Samoyeds?
Sometimes, a mini Samoyed may experience elbow dysplasia. This can make movement hard for the dog. It is one of the potential health problems to watch out for, if you own a miniature Samoyed.
Another health problem that a miniature Samoyed may experience is that of glaucoma. This affects the eyes, and can progressively affect the dog’s ability to see well.
Yet another eye problem that the miniature Samoyed may suffer from is the one we refer to as retinal atrophy. This usually develops in a gradual manner, and may also progressively affect the dog’s ability to see well.
Diabetes is yet another problem we sometimes see in miniature Samoyeds.
These dogs may also suffer from skin problems, especially if you happen to neglect their hygiene.
And there are also cases where we see hypothyroidism in miniature Samoyeds.
Therefore when venturing out to buy mini Samoyed, you need to be aware of these health problems. They are the ones you may have to contend with later.
Still, it is worth mentioning that when we compare them to most other dog breeds, we see that miniature Samoyeds generally enjoy better health throughout their lives.
Are Mini Samoyeds Hypoallergenic?
On the whole, miniature Samoyeds are in the category of dogs that we refer to as being hypoallergenic.
What makes mini Samoyed hypoallergenic is the fact that it gives out relatively little dander and doesn’t drool much. Therefore it is a dog that people with allergies may get along with quite well.
What Does A Miniature Samoyed Eat?
Mini Samoyeds eat commercial dog food as well as raw food, eggs and fresh fruits.
In terms of commercial dog food, kibble tends to be quite good for them.
In terms of raw food, meat is good for miniature Samoyeds.
The most important thing is to ensure that your miniature Samoyed gets a well-balanced diet.
If the dog is to thrive, it needs quite a bit of protein: typically in the 20-25% range.
A miniature Samoyed also requires a considerable amount of fat – but not too much. Something in the 10 to 15% range.
The way to ensure that your miniature Samoyed gets a balanced diet is by giving it a variety of foods.
But you need to ensure that diet changes are gradual: not abrupt – lest the dog ends up with stomach upsets.
Further, it is important to ensure that you don’t overfeed the miniature Samoyed.
It should get something in the half to one and a half cups of food range per day.
In the first couple of months of its life, you may feed your miniature Samoyed puppy 3 times a day.
Then switch to feeding it twice a day. But ensure that it has a continuous supply of water throughout the day and night.
How Do You Groom A Mini Samoyed?
There are four key aspects of grooming that people who own miniature Samoyeds need to pay attention to.
The first aspect of grooming is that of brushing the miniature Samoyeds. This should be at least on a weekly basis. When the dog is shedding, it will require more frequent brushing. Be gentle but thorough in your brushing.
The second aspect is that of bathing the miniature Samoyed. This is something you need to do like once in a couple of months. But ensure that you only use an appropriate shampoo. And you also ensure that the miniature Samoyed dries properly, after the bath.
The third key aspect of grooming for a miniature Samoyed is that of trimming the nails. This you may do once per week, or once every 3 weeks. The key thing is to ensure that you only cut the outer ends of the nails. (Not ones close to the skin).
The fourth key aspect of grooming for a miniature Samoyed is that of brushing the teeth. Do this at least a couple of times per week, in order to ensure proper oral hygiene.
Where Can I Get A Mini Samoyed?
There are breeders from whom you can buy a miniature Samoyed. It is actually possible to find specialized miniature Samoyed breeders, who only/largely deal with this particular dog breed.
If you connect with a good mini Samoyed breeder, then you can buy the dog from them with the assurance that it is indeed a mini Samoyed.
Then there is the option of buying a miniature Samoyed from a pet store. Therefore you can inquire from your local pet store on whether they may be offering a mini Samoyed puppy for sale.
We have online vendors who at times offer mini Samoyed puppies for sale. So for instance, if you search online for ‘miniature Samoyed puppies for sale near me’ you may (luckily) find one.
If you find the miniature Samoyed price that breeders and other vendors are asking for too high, you may consider checking whether you can find a miniature Samoyed at a local rescue center.
Or if you can’t find any miniature Samoyed puppies for sale locally, you may be lucky enough to find one at a local dog shelter.
Alternatively, you may find someone whose mini Samoyed gave birth to a number of puppies, and who is willing to give them up for adoption by people who can take good care of them.
Therefore even if you don’t easily find a miniature Samoyed for sale in the conventional places, don’t give up.
You need to understand that the miniature Samoyed is a relatively rare dog breed. Therefore you may not find a mini Samoyed puppy for sale the first time you try.
But if you are persistent, you may eventually find the dog you desire.
How Much Is A Mini Samoyed?
Miniature Samoyed price varies greatly, mostly depending on where you go shopping for the dog.
For a mini Samoyed puppy, you may need to fork out something in the $350 to $1450 range.
But for an adult mini Samoyed, all you may have to pay is something in the $200 to $400 range.
Final Verdict – Mini Samoyed
The miniature Samoyed is one of the most elegant and affable dogs one can get.
With proper care, it is reasonable to expect a mini Samoyed to live for between 10 and 13 years.
You can get a miniature Samoyed from breeders, online or from dog shelters/rescue centers. You may also get them from other people whose miniature Samoyeds happen to give birth to more puppies than they can take care of.
Whereas the miniature Samoyed doesn’t have huge dietary and grooming requirements, it does need around one hour of exercise per day.