The all-purpose Samoyed is an ancient breed that originated in Siberia and was employed by native people to herd reindeer, hunt, pull sleds, and protect. They were so cherished by their human caretakers that they were allowed to sleep in their tents. Survival in such harsh conditions would have been nearly impossible without their hardworking and loyal Samoyeds. Their thick white, cream, or biscuit colored coat and black lipped smile make them easy to identify. They are of robust build and due to their intelligence and endurance excel in canine sports such as herding, weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, conformation, and more. They are sensitive, affectionate family pets but need direction and activities so they don’t invent their own diversions (which would very likely include chasing, barking, and destructive behavior). Their heavy, double coat requires frequent brushing to prevent mats from forming.