Variations Seen Within the Breed
To most people, those deep, brown and intuitive eyes and fluffy white coat define this breed, but even something as basic as eyes or coat can have many differences ... There are multiple varieties of coat quality, ear size, tail set, and structure. When some of these dogs are picked up as strays, many shelters will label them as "Samoyed mixes", or even "Chow mixes" (black on the tongue), or "Husky mixes" (blue eyes), when they might be purebred Samoyeds. Despite the variation in looks, in most cases, the overwhelming good temperament of the Samoyed is intact, which is after all, the most important quality of all in determining what makes a good family member!
To show how different Samoyeds can be and in an attempt to help shelters and others identify Samoyeds when they see one, here are some variations of the breed . All of the dogs shown on the following pages are purebred Samoyeds.