What does it take to survive in a freezing, snowy climate? If you're a dog, you need a resilient demeanor, plenty of body fat and a thick coat to keep you warm. There's a reason why some dogs seem born to pull sleds and others are more at home curled up on your lap. Learn a few facts about them while you're at it, courtesy of the American Kennel Club.
Fun Facts: This ancient breed was originally developed by the indigenous people of northwestern Siberia to herd reindeer, pull sleds and keep their owners warm. Early polar explorers used these dogs to traverse the harsh landscapes of the North Pole and South Pole. Because of their remote origins, Samoyeds developed independently of any other breeds, and are considered one of only four dog breeds in the world descended directly from wolves.
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