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Samoyedskaya, Nenetskaya Laika, Sammy, Smiling Sammy, Smiley


AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group V.: Spitz and Primitive types, TKC Pastoral
Dogs 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Bitches 19-21 inches (48-53 cm)
Dogs 45-65 pounds (20-29 kg)
Bitches 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg)
12-15 years
5 to 9

The Samoyed is a strong, muscular, dynamic, and active dog. This breed makes an excellent family dog; it has a fondness for people, especially children. It is good-natured, gentle and mischievous. The beauty of the Samoyed with its smile, which extends from ear to ear will attract attention when it is out. The owner of this breed should be somebody who is willing to give of his time in both grooming and activity.

This dog is elegant and agile; it is now one of the most fashionable show and companion breeds, yet has a history of hard work in severe conditions. For centuries, hunters and fishermen have used this beautiful, robust white dog to pull their sleds.


Pure white, white and biscuit, cream; outer coat silver-tipped.


Harsh, but not wiry, and straight, with thick, soft, short undercoat. Extensive grooming is needed. Frequent brushing is required. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

Health Issues:

This breed is particularly prone to hip dysplasia, skin allergies, and some suffer from diabetes. The Samoyed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and a small yard is sufficient. The heavy coat makes this dog unsuited to life in very hot climates. To minimize the risk of your Samoyed developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Samoyed dog from a reputable breeder.

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