Pets belong to a special part of many people’s lives. They provide all kinds of emotional benefits regardless of whether it is a dog, cat, rodent, bird, snake, etc. Each of these animals has distinctive characteristics that allow them to adapt to certain families better. The most common in most homes are canines.
Having and caring for a dog is not as simple as it seems. Each one presents different characteristics and care needs that will be covered depending on the family to which it belongs.
The Samoyed is an ancient breed used by nomadic peoples mainly to herd and care for reindeer. However, they were also used for hunting.
These dogs are characterized by being affectionate and friendly, loving to be with their loved ones, and getting along well with children, strangers, and other animals, especially if they receive socialization training.
Although the Samoyeds were used for hunting in their origins, the truth is that their instincts in this regard are minimal. They are intelligent dogs that will understand what is right and what is wrong.
When we have an animal of this type, we must ensure that we provide a suitable lifestyle. Some breeds of canines are characterized by having a high level of physical activity, while others do not. They love to run, so it is essential to know how far they can run.
How Far Can Samoyeds Run?
These dogs were historically bred to move long distances as they were used to herd and pull sleds. That has allowed them to love running and also develop a high level of endurance that they still have today.
Due to the high levels of energy and stamina a Samoyed exhibits, it can run long distances. Many people love to walk with dogs of this type as they are considered excellent companions for jogging.
Notably, these dogs were trained to develop better endurance than speed so they can jog steadily without tiring for 5 miles (8 km). Depending on its age and health, that distance could be greater or less.
Some Samoyeds are trained to run between 10 miles and 15 miles (16 km and 24 km), but that will require extensive training with a lot of patience, consistency, and perseverance.
Why Does a Samoyed Have a Lot of Endurance?
We have to remember that these dogs were bred for walking, running, and sledding in the snow. Running in the snow is difficult enough, but also, the extreme cold represented a greater difficulty.
Over the years, this regular practice allowed them to develop a lot of endurance, and that is the reason why these canines can run long distances for longer than other breeds of dogs.
How Far and How Fast Can a Samoyed Run?
We have already mentioned that these canines are capable of long-distance jogging and running. Most dogs can only run about 1 – 2 miles (1.5 – 3 km), but Samoyeds are capable of reaching 5 miles (8km) very easily. Some dogs of this type are trained to run distances that vary between 10 miles and 15 miles (16 km and 24 km).
At these distances, Samoyeds are capable of speeds of around 30 miles per hour (50 km per hour). However, we have to remember that speed is not the specialty of this canine but its endurance, so it will be able to maintain a constant speed of 10 miles per hour for several hours.
Now, if your Samoyed is well trained, it could run 100 miles a day. That is, it could maintain a constant average and maximum speed that varies between 15 miles and 20 miles per hour.
What Does My Samoyed Need to Run Long Distances Safely?
We already know that these dogs love to run, especially with their owners. However, you have to make sure you provide controlled walking as the excessive exertion it puts in while running or jogging can cause physical problems.
A Samoyed under 1 year of age should not be given vigorous walks. You first have to train your canine properly to develop the proper body and endurance and then allow it to run long distances. It is best to wait until your Samoyed is 2 years old. That’s because, for the first few months, its growth plates have not completely closed yet.
Giving it vigorous walks before the first year of age could cause damage to its hip and elbow joints. That is important to keep in mind since this breed of dog is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.
Some health problems that your Samoyed can develop due to running long distances are:
- Breathing difficulties.
- Gastric Dilatation.
- Damaged, cracked paws.