Samoyeds are squarely built, sturdy dogs, with a fluffy plumed tail curled over the back and draped to one side.
The ears are prick and the head is broad. The corners of the lips curl up to give the characteristic "Sammie smile." Samoyeds should have nice dark pigment around the eyes, nose, and lips despite the white coat color.
The sparkling white coat is the glory of the Samoyed breed. As would be expected for a breed of northern origin, this is a thick, harsh, straight coat with a very full undercoat. The color is a striking white though biscuit or cream coloration is allowed. The coat stands out from the body giving a fluffy appearance to the Samoyed.