The Samoyed is a breed of large herding dog that descended from the Nenets herding laika, a spitz-type dog, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding.
Life expectancy: 12 – 13 years
Weight: Female: 35–45 lbs (16–20 kg), Male: 45–66 lbs (20–30 kg)
Temperament: Stubborn, Lively, Sociable, Alert, Playful, Friendly
Height: Female: 19–21 inches (48–53 cm), Male: 21–24 inches (53–60 cm)