The stunning Samoyed has it all — beauty, brains and physical prowess that sees it as one of the forerunners when it comes to agility and sport. 

Bred by the ancient Samoyede people, who made their way to Siberia, the Samoyed, which took the name of its original owners, accompanied its tribesmen guardians everywhere, herding reindeer, pulling sleds and providing warmth. Being close to members of the tribe, and sharing campfires and living space, made these dogs very people-friendly. And while it’s unlikely that Sammies will still be towing sleds and the like for their modern-day guardians, this beautiful breed still exhibits strong traits of loyalty and attachment and will need to be taken in as one of the ‘pack’.

Males typically weigh between 23–30 kg (50–65 lbs), while females typically weigh 17–25 kg (40–55 lbs). Samoyed eyes are usually black or brown and are almond in shape. Blue or other color eyes can occur but are not allowed in the show ring. Samoyed ears are thick and covered with fur, triangular in shape, and erect. They are almost always white but can occasionally have a light brown tint, usually around the tips of ears. Like the Alaskan Malamute their tail is carried curled over their backs; however, unlike the Malamute, the Samoyed tail is held actually touching the back, it should be carried lying over the back and to one side. In cold weather, Samoyeds may sleep with their tails over their noses to provide additional warmth. Almost all Samoyeds will allow their tails to fall when they are relaxed and at ease, as when being stroked or while eating, but will return their tails to a curl when more alert.

Samoyeds have a dense,double layered coat. The topcoat contains long, coarse, and straight quard hairs, which appear white but have a hint of silver coloring. This top layer keeps the undercoat relatively clean and free of debris. The undercoat consists of a dense, soft, and short fur that keeps the dog warm. The undercoat is typically shed heavily once or twice a year, and this seasonal process is sometimes referred to as "blowing coat". This does not mean the Samoyed will only shed during that time however; fine hairs (versus the dense clumps shed during seasonal shedding) will be shed all year round, and have a tendency to stick to cloth and float in the air. The standard Samoyed may come in a mixture of biscuit and white coloring, although pure white and all biscuit dogs are common. Males typically have larger ruffs than females.