If you thought a Pomeranian was fluffy, just wait until you see one mixed with a Samoyed. This mix combines the furball-ness of the Pomeranian with the thick coat of the Samoyed to make it far furrier than you can imagine. It also is worth mentioning that this mix’s cuteness seems to grow in direct proportion with its fluff.
The Samoyed Pomeranian mix is a smaller breed, inheriting its size from their Pomeranian ancestors. The two breeds that make up this mix are two of the most popular breeds to combine. Although the Samo-Pom mix won’t be able to pull sleds and perform heavy work in the Arctic like their Samoyed ancestors, they still have that energy and work ethic, which works great for anyone looking for an active dog.
If you want to know more about this adorable hybrid breed, read on. We will cover everything you need to know, from looks and grooming to diet and health concerns.
Physical Characteristics (Size and Physical Look)
The Samoyed Pomeranian mix is a smaller-sized dog with medium to long, thick fur. Their fur will almost always be white. To try to guess exactly what your Samo-Pom mix’s appearance will be is an exercise in futility. The Pomeranian and the Samoyed are such differently sized and structured breeds that their mix’s size and looks differ widely.
Size-wise, Pomeranians are on the small side, weighing only seven to eleven pounds (3 to 5 kg) and standing only seven to fourteen inches (17.8 to 35.5 cm) tall at the shoulder. Samoyeds range on the medium to the large side. They weigh fifty to sixty pounds (22.7 to 27.2 kg) and stand one foot seven inches to two feet tall (48.3 to 61 cm).
The Samo-Pom can, therefore, weigh anywhere between ten to twenty-five pounds (4.5 to 11.3 kg) and measure between ten and fifteen inches (25.4 to 38.1 cm) at the shoulder.
One thing the Pomeranian and the Samoyed have in common is lifespan. Both breeds live around 12 to 15 years. The lifespan of the Samoyed Pomeranian mix is twelve to fifteen years.
If you want to ensure your Samo-Pom mix enjoys a happy, long life, be sure to keep it healthy and offer it plenty of exercise and social attention. Regular visits to the vet to prevent and treat any health concerns is also a great way to prolong life.
Daily brushing is a good habit to keep. Since your Samo-Pom will have a thick, medium to long length coat, it needs more attention than the average dog. When brushing, be sure to stroke with the hair as opposed to against it. This can cause discomfort and pain for your pet.
Regular monthly visits to the groomer for haircuts and nail trimming will help keep your pet healthy and looking good.
Be sure to buy an excellent quality, chemical and preservative-free shampoo to give your dog monthly baths (or however often to keep them smelling fresh). Be sure to not bathe them too often, though, as that can dry out their skin and make them uncomfortable.
Samo-Poms are energetic, friendly, and loyal dogs. Their loving and protective nature make them great family dogs, even if you are a family with children.
Since they are high energy, though, Samo-Poms need regular attention and social interaction. If ignored or left alone for too long (most estimates say six hours or more) they can become overly rambunctious and destructive in a home environment. Daily walks and games with their owner can help burn off much of their energy and keep them the loving, fun pets they are.
As stated above, Samoyed Pomeranian mixes are an energetic breed. They need daily walks of at least thirty minutes. They also need daily activity time with other dogs or humans. This physical exercise and social interaction will go a long way in burning off the excess energy they always seem to have.
If these regular habits are neglected and your Samo-Pom is left alone or idle for too long, their energy can boil over and turn into destructive behavior. If your time schedule takes you away from home and leaves your pet alone around or over six hours, find someone who can stop in and take care of your Samo-Pom while you are gone.
Since the Samoyed Pomeranian mix is a hybrid breed, there are some health risks they come with. As with all designer dogs, genetics are not perfect and can cause illnesses and injury. The most common among Samo-Poms to look out for are cataracts (eye problems) and cardiomyopathy (heart problems).
Another common health risk seen in designer dogs is allergies. Be wary of any table food you feed your Samo-Pom, if any. Take them to the vet and have them tested for any allergies to help you avoid those triggers.
Besides the risks stated above, there are many other not-as-common ailments, some big, some small, that can affect your pet. To get a clear picture on your dog’s health and any future problems that might occur, take your dog to the vet for regular checkups.
The most important thing to keep in mind when feeding your Samo-Pom is the ingredients in their food. Keep an eye out for any allergies they might have. Try to use food made for their breed and size, free from preservatives and artificial ingredients.
As with the Samo-Pom’s size, the exact amount your pet will need is hard to guess, since it depends on their size. To get a precise recommendation, talk to your vet. No matter what and how much you feed your Samo-Pom, though, the two best ways to feed them are once in the morning and once at night, or split into three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Are Samoyed Pomeranian Mixes Protective?
Yes, Samo-Poms are protective pets. Their Pomeranian side gives them keen senses and a protective instinct to allow them to alert their owners to any abnormalities and dangers. Their Samoyed side gives them more size and energy to deal with any potential dangers.
This is a big part of what makes Samo-Poms such great family dogs. This protective nature mixed with their energy, love, and fun nature make them a great family pet.
How Much Does a Samoyed Pomeranian Mix Cost?
Since the Samoyed Pomeranian mix is a designer breed, their price will probably be higher than average. It will also depend on your location, the decisions of the local breeder, and any special requirements you might have for your pet.
On average, a Samo-Pom puppy from a reputable breeder will cost between $300 and $650. The costs do not stop there, though. You also need to factor in the initial costs of buying equipment like a leash, brush, and water/food bowls. On top of all that, also think about the recurring costs of buying food and taking them in for vet visits.
If you are in the market for a Samoyed Pomeranian mix pet, be aware of the investment they require. A pet is no area to skimp on costs.
Is a Samoyed Pomeranian Mix Right for Me?
To answer this question, we need to examine what exactly owning this breed entails.
- Enough time in your schedule to walk and engage in activities with your pet
- Daily brushings to keep their coat healthy and tangle free
- The financial investment to take them for regular vet visits and monthly grooming appointments
- The further financial investment for initial purchase, set-up costs, and recurring maintenance costs
- Enough living space with access to an outdoor area to allow your Samo-Pom to roam, run, and play
If you are able to handle these requirements, then you are a great potential owner of this loving, fun, energetic dog. Congratulations! If you cannot meet these expectations, perhaps it is better for you to consider another breed. Don’t worry, there are plenty of great pets out there for you.
Best Climate for a Samoyed Pomeranian Mix
The thick coat of the Samoyed is tailor made for cold climates, attesting to their origins in the Siberian tundra. The coat of the Samoyed Pomeranian mix is not as thick, but still can offer warmth in cold climates.
Conversely, the thick fur can help shield the Samo-Pom from excessive heat and keep in the cool. If we consider both factors, we can see that this breed can live practically anywhere. It would be wise, though, to avoid overly hot places. The Samoyed half of their ancestry prefers the cold over the heat.
The Attention a Samoyed Pomeranian Mix Needs
The Samo-Pom needs regular attention, both physical exercise and social interaction, at least every six hours, preferably more often. If they are ignored or left alone for too long, they can become bored and destructive.
They can chew your belongings and furniture, jump up on tables and sofas, and make your life rough. To burn off that excess energy and keep them happy, training and regular exercise and activity time are great ways to give your pet the attention they need.
Compatibility with Kids
The Samo-Pom is a great family dog to have, especially if you have children. They have a gentle, loving nature that pairs well with their energetic side. They can play well with kids and offer them the care and protection they need.
Compatibility with Other Animals
With proper training and socialization, your Samo-Pom can get along famously with other animals. If you are introducing another pet to your family, be sure to take the right steps so your Samo-Pom does not view them as an outside threat.