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AKC Meet the Breeds: Samoyed

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

A hardy and eager worker, the Samoyed is known for black lips that curl slightly at the corners into the "Samoyed smile." Bright and alert, he likes to stay busy and enjoys participating in agility, herding, weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, conformation shows and more! His heavy, weather resistant coat is suitable for very cold climates and should be pure white, white and biscuit, cream or biscuit.

A Look Back
An ancient working breed, the Samoyed is very close to the primitive dog -- no mixture of wolf or fox runs through the breed's gene pool. He was developed by the Samoyede people of Siberia. They used the dogs for herding reindeer, hunting and hauling sledges as well as guard work. The breed was cherished by these people -- they even allowed them to sleep in their tents - because they depended on the dogs for their survival.

Right Breed for You?
Intelligent, gentle and loyal, Samoyeds enjoy being with their families. Due to their working heritage, they may chase things, run and bark, so it's best to channel that energy into some kind of job or activity. Otherwise, these independent thinkers may invent ways to keep themselves entertained. At the very least, daily exercise is necessary. The Samoyed coat can also mat and needs to be brushed weekly, more often during shedding season.

  • Working Group; AKC recognized in 1906.
  • Ranging in size from 19 to 23 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Reindeer herder; Sled dog; Multi-purpose dog.

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