The bright white Samoyed is a hardy Nordic beauty.

Vital Stats

Height: 19 to 24 inches at shoulder
Weight: 50 to 60 pounds
Coat: straight and thick
Life span: 12 to 14 years

Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people.

Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night. A working breed, the Samoyed can be strong-willed at times, but above all they remain friendly, gentle, and devoted family dogs. Full Samoyed profile on

[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Cold tolerance:5” “Friendly toward strangers:5” “Compatible with kids:4″ ”
Playfulness:4″ “Tendency to bark or howl:4” “Vigor:3” “Watchdog ability:3” “Predatory tendencies:3” “Intelligence:3” “Mouthiness:3” “Heat Tolerance:2” “Easy to groom:1”]