Samoyeds produce show prospect Sammie puppies,
offer champion stud service, as well as offer frozen sperm for artificial
insemination. Samoyeds available
immediately to the right homes!
have been Samoyed fanciers since 1960 and have been involved in
the breeding of numerous titled offspring.
If you are interested in puppies, please visit our planned
breedings page which details pedigree information.
kennel name "Moonlighter" was chosen because our Samoyeds
do more than one job; they are show dogs, weight pullers, agility
experts, wonderful watch dogs and companions.
recognized by the AKC
in 1906, Sammies
are known to be gentle, intelligent, friendly
and full of action.
Presently a member of the Fond du Lac Kennel Club, the Samoyed
Club of America (Vice President) and Greater Milwaukee Samoyed
Fanciers (founding member), I am also a contributing editor to the
Samoyed Club of America’s quarterly newsletter and am published
in four hard-covered books. In addition to being a Samoyed breeder,
I am also an AKC approved judge.
are known for their sweet disposition, smiling eyes and face. They
are highly intelligent, gentle, loyal, adaptable, alert, full of
action, eager to serve and friendly. Sammies want to be with humans.
They love people and will follow you anywhere. They are wonderful
with children, yet are good watchdogs. They will bark when a stranger
approaches, alerting you to a possible intruder, but will not normally
My Sammies have a great deal to be proud of. Previous accomplishments
Top Producing Stud Dog
Top Producing Bitch
Best in Show
Best of Breed (numerous specialties)
Canadian, Danish, Finnish and International Champions
kennel features eight runs. Guillotine doors allow the dogs access
to both indoor and outdoor runs. Kennel walls are vinyl and the
floors are concrete, allowing for easy cleaning. Oldies rock and
roll is the choice of music among the kennel mates. Fans and natural
breezes cool the air in the summertime. During winter months, my
dogs keep me company in my home.
General Appearance - The Samoyed, being essentially
a working dog, should present a picture of beauty, alertness and
strength, with agility, dignity and grace. As his work lies in cold
climates, his coat should be heavy and weather-resistant, well groomed,
and of good quality rather then quantity. The male carries more
of a "ruff" than the female. He should not be long in
the back as a weak back would make him practically useless for his
legitimate work, but at the same time, a close-coupled body would
also place him at a great disadvantage as a draft dog. Breeders
should aim for the happy medium, a body not long but muscular, allowing
liberty, with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs, strong neck, straight
front and especially strong loins. Males should be masculine in
appearance and deportment without unwarranted aggressiveness; bitches
feminine without weakness of structure or apparent softness of temperament.
Bitches may be slightly longer in back than males. They should both
give the appearance of being capable of great endurance but be free
from coarseness. Because of the depth of chest required, the legs should be moderately long. A very short-legged dog is to be deprecated.
Hindquarters should be particularly well developed, stifles well
bent and any suggestion of unsound stifles or cow hocks severely
penalized. General appearance should include movement and general
conformation, indicating balance and good substance.
Substance - Substance is that sufficiency of bone and muscle which
rounds out a balance with the frame. The bone is heavier than would
be expected in a dog of this size but not so massive as to prevent
the speed and agility most desirable in a Samoyed. In all builds,
bone should be in proportion to body size. The Samoyed should never
be so heavy as to appear clumsy nor so light as to appear racy.
The weight should be in proportion to the height.
Height - Males--21 to 231⁄2 inches; females--19 to 21 inches
at the withers. An oversized or undersized Samoyed is to be penalized
according to the extent of the deviation.
Coat (Texture and Condition) - The Samoyed is a double coated dog.
The body should be well covered with an undercoat of soft, short,
thick, close wool with longer and harsh hair growing through it
to form the outer coat, which stands straight out from the body
and should be free from curl. The coat should form a ruff around
the neck and shoulders, framing the head (more on males than on
females). Quality of coat should be weather resistant and considered
more than quantity. A droopy coat is undesirable. The coat should
glisten with a silver sheen. The female does not usually carry as
long a coat as most males and it is softer in texture.
Color - Samoyeds should be pure white, white and biscuit, cream,
or all biscuit. Any other colors disqualify.
(a) Gait - The Samoyed should trot, not pace. He should move with
a quick agile stride that is well timed. The gait should be free,
balanced and vigorous, with good reach in the forequarters and good
driving power in the hindquarters. When trotting, there should be
a strong rear action drive. Moving at a slow walk or trot, they
will not single-track, but as speed increases the legs gradually
angle inward until the pads are finally falling on a line directly
under the longitudinal center of the body. As the pad marks converge
the forelegs and hind legs are carried straight forward in traveling,
the stifles not turned in nor out. The back should remain strong,
firm and level. A choppy or stilted gait should be penalized.
Rear End - Upper thighs should be well developed. Stifles well bent-approximately
45 degrees to the ground. Hocks should be well developed, sharply
defined and set at approximately 30 percent of hip height. The hind
legs should be parallel when viewed from the rear in a natural stance,
strong, well developed, turning neither in nor out. Straight stifles
are objectionable. Double-jointedness or cow hocks are a fault.
Cow hocks should only be determined if the dog has had an opportunity
to move properly.
Front End - Legs should be parallel and straight to the pasterns.
The pasterns should be strong, sturdy and straight, but flexible
with some spring for proper let-down of feet. Because of depth of
chest, legs should be moderately long. Length of leg from the ground
to the elbow should be approximately 55 per cent of the total height
at the withers-a very short-legged dog is to be deprecated. Shoulders
should be long and sloping, with a layback of 45 degrees and be
firmly set. Out at the shoulders or out at the elbows should be
penalized. The withers separation should be approximately 1-11⁄2
Feet - Large, long, flattish-a hare-foot, slightly spread but not
splayed; toes arched; pads thick and tough, with protective growth
of hair between the toes. Feet should turn neither in nor out in
a natural stance but may turn in slightly in the act of pulling.
Turning out, pigeon-toed, round or cat-footed or splayed are faults.
Feathers on feet are not too essential but are more profuse on females
than on males
(a) Conformation - Skull is wedge-shaped, broad, slightly crowned,
not round or apple-headed, and should form an equilateral triangle
on lines between the inner base of the ears and the central point
of the stop. Muzzle--Muzzle of medium length and medium width, neither
coarse nor snippy; should taper toward the nose and be in proportion
to the size of the dog and the width of skull. The muzzle must have
depth. Whiskers are not to be removed. Stop--Not too abrupt, nevertheless
well defined. Lips--Should be black for preference and slightly
curved up at the corners of the mouth, giving the "Samoyed
smile." Lip lines should not have the appearance of being coarse
nor should the flews drop predominately at corners of the mouth.
Ears--Strong and thick, erect, triangular and slightly rounded at
the tips; should not be large or pointed, nor should they be small
and "bear-eared." Ears should conform to head size and
the size of the dog; they should be set well apart but be within
the border of the outer edge of the head; they should be mobile
and well covered inside with hair; hair full and stand-off before
the ears. Length of ear should be the same measurement as the distance
from inner base of ear to outer corner of eye. Eyes--Should be dark
for preference; should be placed well apart and deep-set; almond
shaped with lower lid slanting toward an imaginary point approximately
the base of ears. Dark eye rims for preference. Round or protruding
eyes penalized. Blue eyes disqualifying. Nose--Black for preference
but brown, liver, or Dudley nose not penalized. Color of nose sometimes
changes with age and weather. Jaws and Teeth--Strong, well-set teeth,
snugly overlapping with scissors bite. Undershot or overshot should
Expression - The expression, referred to as "Samoyed expression,"
is very important and is indicated by sparkle of the eyes, animation
and lighting up of the face when alert or intent on anything. Expression
is made up of a combination of eyes, ears and mouth. The ears should
be erect when alert; the mouth should be slightly curved up at the
corners to form the "Samoyed smile."
(a) Neck - Strong, well muscled, carried proudly erect, set on sloping
shoulders to carry head with dignity when at attention. Neck should
blend into shoulders with a graceful arch.
Chest - Should be deep, with ribs well sprung out from the spine
and flattened at the sides to allow proper movement of the shoulders
and freedom for the front legs. Should not be barrel-chested. Perfect
depth of chest approximates the point of elbows, and the deepest
part of the chest should be back of the forelegs-near the ninth
rib. Heart and lung room are secured more by body depth than width.
Loin and Back - The withers forms the highest part of the back.
Loins strong and slightly arched. The back should be straight to
the loin, medium in length, very muscular and neither long nor short-coupled.
The dog should be "just off square"--the length being
approximately 5 per cent more than the height. Females allowed to
be slightly longer than males. The belly should be well shaped and
tightly muscled and, with the rear of the thorax, should swing up
in a pleasing curve (tuck-up). Croup must be full, slightly sloping,
and must continue imperceptibly to the tail root.
- The tail should be moderately long with the tail bone terminating
approximately at the hock when down. It should be profusely covered
with long hair and carried forward over the back or side when alert,
but sometimes dropped when at rest. It should not be high or low
set and should be mobile and loose -- not tight over the back. A
double hook is a fault. A judge should see the tail over the back
once when judging.
- Intelligent, gentle, loyal, adaptable, alert, full of action,
eager to serve, friendly but conservative, not distrustful or shy,
not overly aggressive. Unprovoked aggressiveness is to be severely
Any color other than pure white, cream, biscuit, or white and biscuit.
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