Your Samoyed is supposed to have a beautiful fluffy coat, and they do, except around their face. There, the fur looks a little off, like it’s too short or something. What’s going on? Could this be the phenomenon you had heard of known as monkey face? What is monkey face and how long would it take your dog to grow out of it?

Samoyed monkey face is when the fur around Sammy’s face doesn’t grow in as fast as their ruff does, which is the fur at their neck and shoulders. Monkey face will appear when they’re young, around three or four months old, and typically grow out by the time they reach six or seven months of age.

In this article, we will explain more about what monkey face is, how to determine if your Sammy has it, and what to do (if anything) when you notice it. Let’s get started!

What Is Samoyed Monkey Face?

When you looked at pictures of Samoyeds before adopting your own, the dogs in those images had even fur throughout. Their faces and body appeared seamless, as did their tail. Yet when you see your Sammy pup, they don’t quite look like that.

No, instead, their facial fur hasn’t grown in quite as thick and furry yet. This gives them a rather pronounced outline around their face as the hair across the rest of the body comes in at a normal rate. This outline is known as monkey face. It almost looks like a mask. While it’s not clear where the name monkey face came from, if you see this in your own Samoyed, that moniker seems oddly fitting.

Now, not all Samoyeds will have monkey face, or at least it won’t be as obvious. For others, you can’t miss that they have cropped fur around their face and longer hair elsewhere.

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Why Do Samoyeds Grow a Monkey Face?

As we said in the intro, an instance of monkey face will show up in your Sammy when they’re just a few months old. If you think back to your own childhood, you probably had some awkward growing phases, too, right? Samoyeds are no different.

The Sammy breed has fur that grows around their shoulders and neck known as the ruff. What happens with monkey face then is the ruff comes in much sooner than the fur around the face does. Thus, you get the perception that your Samoyed has cropped fur around their face but not the rest of their head or body.

How Long Does It Take to Grow Out of It?

You’re a little surprised by this whole monkey face thing, you’ve got to admit. It wasn’t something you heard about from the breeder, and your Samoyed puppy had such beautiful fur when they were very little. For how long will you have to deal with monkey face in your Sammy?

If it’s noticeable at all, you’ll typically begin to see the monkey face in your Samoyed around the three or four-month mark. By the time they turn six or seven months old, the fur around the face should grow at about the same pace as the ruff, evening the length. This will make the monkey face a thing of the past. That’s about three or four months of your dog having a monkey face, then.

What Should You Do if Your Samoyed Has a Monkey Face?

What if you don’t like your Samoyed’s monkey face? Is there something you can do about it?

The only solution would be to cut the fur around the rest of the head and body so it more closely matches the cropped fur at the face. This would eliminate the monkey face, sure, but it creates more problems in its wake.

Understanding Samoyed Fur Growth

It’s something we’ve discussed on our shedding post, but let’s recap the way a Samoyed’s fur grows now. Sammies have both an exterior layer of fur and an undercoat. The exterior layer is white, but the undercoat isn’t always. It could be brown or off-white.

The undercoat provides insulation for your Samoyed. Since this breed came from the bitter cold of Siberia, they developed this undercoat to survive that region. As you may recall from reading it on our blog about Summer, even in the summertime, it does not get very warm in Siberia. The Sammie had to adapt somehow, and they did. Not only do they have the insulating fur, but they also possess the Samoyed smile, which keeps spittle off their face that can freeze in the icy temps.

A Samoyed’s undercoat will grow regularly and plentifully, but the exterior layer with the guard hairs does not. Since only a single guard hair grows per every couple of undercoat hairs, you could wait six months or longer for the guard hair to come back.

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Why You Shouldn’t Shave

You may have thought your dog looks weird with their monkey face now, but wait until you shave down their guard hairs. For the next half a year, they’ll have odd patches and sparse spots that look way worse. You figured you were doing your Samoyed a favor cosmetically by cutting or shaving them to get rid of the monkey face, but it turns out that wasn’t the case.

Not only does your Samoyed look bad, but all that shaving wasn’t so good for their health, either. Your Sammy needs both their undercoat and their guard hairs to keep them warm and their fur mostly protected from mud and rain. Without the guard hairs, your Samoyed gets messy far easier. You’ll find yourself bathing your dog much more often as a result.  We’ve touched on this topic on the shaving blog, please click the link to find more.

If you really, truly hate the monkey face that much, you can always trim around the ruff. However, until six or seven months pass, the ruff will outpace the fur around the face, growing back and making the monkey face problem a recurring one. You could also take your dog to a groomer, but they may be reluctant to help. After all, monkey face is a rather natural issue that most Samoyeds will go through for at least a little while.

If you do some digging around online, you’ll see images of countless Samoyed puppies with monkey faces. It’s common and more than okay. Is monkey face awkward? Sure! Not very cute? Admittedly. Still, your Samoyed will only be this young once, so you should enjoy this period like you do any other you get to spend with them.

Your Samoyed’s monkey face doesn’t bother him or her, so why let it bother you? It’s not worth putting your dog’s health at risk to make their fur look more even. With time, your Samoyed will have that long, luxurious coat you’ve always wanted without the monkey face. You just have to wait for it.

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Related Questions

Q: What is a Samoyed bear face and wolf face?

A: Besides monkey face, Sammies can have either a wolf face or a bear face, says breeder Silver Frost Samoyeds. Now, this has nothing to do with the fur around the face and head. Instead, it’s about the shape of the Samoyed’s head itself.

If their face resembles that of a wolf’s, then their head will be slimmer and more streamlined. You can especially see this in the dog’s ears and muzzle.

If your Samoyed has a bear face, then the head is typically far bigger than those dogs with wolf faces. It also has a rounder and broader profile.

Q: Is there any way to hide a Samoyed monkey face?

A: Given that a Samoyed’s monkey face will encompass their whole face, there’s not really any way to hide it, no. You could maybe get your dog a spiffy new ascot or collar. You might even try dressing them up to detract attention from the face, but there’s no way to make it less noticeable otherwise.

As we said before, no one will think less of you if your Sammy has a monkey face. It’s a growing pain that most Samoyed owners go through at some point, so they’ll all understand. Let your dog be a dog!

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Q: My Samoyed is going bald! Why is this happening?

A: There are several reasons why your Samoyed might have less fur than usual or even look like they’re balding.

The first is due to the molting season in the spring. Your Samoyed, in preparation for the warmer season, will lose mass amounts of fur. They can develop some uneven spots during this process. By ensuring your Sammy eats well and has the right nutrients in their diet, you can keep their fur healthy.

Your Sammy may also appear to be balding as they grow into their fur. This phase can occur right after or during monkey face as the dog transitions to a fuller coat.

Also, dogs can get alopecia, where they lose their fur. In breeds like Samoyeds, this is known as alopecia X.

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