Known for their famous "Sammy smile" due to their perpetually upturned mouths, Samoyeds are smart, fun-loving dogs who sport a stunning white coat (which sheds a lot!). This highly energetic breed also needs vigorous exercise, as they were originally bred to herd reindeer and haul sledges.
Weight: 35-65 pounds
As the largest terrier breed, Airedales convey the alert, fearless attitude of the group on a supersized scale. They can also carry some of the same stubbornness, but that determination is what makes them such popular and spirited companions.
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Sweet and silly, these endearing hounds originated in the mountainous region of Afghanistan. Their silky, fine coat served as protection from the cold at high altitudes, and it requires plenty of grooming.
Weight: 50-60 pounds
By nature, Malamutes are friendly toward humans. They need a pack leader to set the standard, so stick to a training regimen early on.
Weight: 75-80 pounds