Samoyeds are famous for the “Sammy Smile,” but they’re not the only breed famous for their smirk. The smile of a Pharaoh Hound is noteworthy enough to have earned a listing in Edward M Gilbert and Patricia H. Gilbert’s wonderful book, The Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology. What starts with a smirk and progresses into a full toothy grin with the lips pulled way back enough to expose teeth is called (wait for it), the Pharaoh Hound Smile. It’s usually accompanied with butt wiggling, happy contortions, and, curiously, vigorous sneezing. Given that the breed is also famous for blushing when they’re excited or happy, would that endearing grin be more appropriately called a “sheepish grin?”
We’re open to hearing about other breeds famous for their happy face. Got a smiling dog? Share their picture below!
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