Samoyed


Samoyed
/sam'euh yed", seuh moy"id/, n.
1. a member of a Uralic people dwelling in W Siberia and the far NE parts of European Russia.
2. Also, Samoyedic. a subfamily of Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed people.
3. (sometimes l.c.) one of a Russian breed of medium-sized dogs that have long, dense, white or cream hair and are used by the Samoyed people for herding reindeer and pulling sleds.
[1580-90; < Russ samoyéd]

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or Samoyede

Breed of sturdily built, huskylike dog developed in Siberia, where Siberian peoples kept it as a sled dog, companion, and herd dog for their reindeer.

It has erect ears, dark, almond-shaped eyes, and a characteristic "smile." Its long, heavy coat is white, cream-coloured, grayish yellow (biscuit), or white-and-biscuit. It stands 19–24 in. (48–60 cm) tall and weighs 50–65 lb (23–30 kg). Gentle, loyal, and intelligent, it makes a capable guard and a good companion.

Samoyed

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▪ breed of dog
 breed of working dog developed in Siberia, where it was kept by the Samoyed people as a sled dog and companion and as a herd dog for their reindeer. The Samoyed is a sturdily built, huskylike dog with erect ears, dark, almond-shaped eyes, and a characteristic “smile.” Its long, heavy coat is white, cream, grayish yellow (biscuit), or white and biscuit. The Samoyed stands 19 to 24 inches (48 to 61 cm) and weighs 50 to 65 pounds (23 to 29.5 kg). It is considered to be a gentle, loyal, and intelligent dog, a capable guard, and a good companion.

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