How Much Do Samoyed Puppies Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

A Samoyed dog, also known as a Bjelkier, is a breed commonly found in Europe and Russia.  They are known for their fully white long fur and their power to pull sleds.  Most of these dogs can weigh up to 70 pounds and are typically 19 to 25 inches tall.

Samoyed by Kjunstorm, on Flickr
Samoyed” (CC BY 2.0) by  Kjunstorm

How much does a Samoyed puppy cost?

On average, a Samoyed puppy can cost anywhere from $775 to as much as $1,700.  The costs will depend on the quality, age, its parents, geographical location, if it’s an AKC and the breeder.  A dog with AKC paperwork could be much more, often costing as much as $2,000, while an older dog without paperwork could be closer to the $800 to $1,000 price range.

PuppyFind.com, a popular online classified website, has close to 100 listings ranging anywhere from $700 to more than $2,000.

samoyedmoms.com says you should be prepared to spend $1,000 to $2,000 for the puppy, but of course, the costs don’t stop there.  In fact, one of their Samoyeds had cost them close to $20,000 when all expenses were factored in.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Any reputable breeder should include a health guarantee, a health checkup performed by a veterinarian, up-to-date vaccinations and a travel crate if shipped.  Also, depending on the breeder, they may include a microchip, AKC registration paperwork if the dog qualifies and you pay the fee, and a spay or neutering.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping the dog via an airline can cost anywhere from $150 to more than $450, depending on the airline and distance traveled.  If having the dog shipped, some breeders may require you purchase insurance along with the trip, adding $100 to $200 to the bill.

Recurring costs, as with any dog, will include food, shelter, accessories and routine/unexpected vet visits.

Breeders may charge an additional fee if you want to have AKC registration paperwork.

With this breed, grooming is a big deal since their coat is long and double coated and will shed excessively during the warmer seasons.  They will require consistent combing, shampooing and blow drying sessions to look their best.  If you don’t have the time to groom your dog, it’s important to get it professionally groomed at least every six to eight weeks.  The average grooming session for this sized dog will often be about $100, give or take.

The dog is known to be quite stubborn when being trained.  With that being said, it’s important to train with a firm and consistent technique.  Obedience classes are recommended when the dog is younger to teach it to sit, lie down and stay.

Tips to know:

The average male weighs 45 to 65 pounds, while a female weighs 35 to 50 pounds, on average.  As for height, males tend to be a pinch taller, standing at 21 to 23 inches tall, whereas a female measure at 19 to 21 inches.

Common Samoyed colors include white, cream and white and biscuit.

Most breeders won’t allow you to take the puppy home until it reaches eight weeks old.

This dog is considered to be sweet, gentle, especially for its larger size.  In fact, it’s known to be so gentle, it is often referred to as the “Smiling Sammy.”

A reputable breeder will always have you sign a contract that states the dog can be returned to the breeder if you were no longer able to care for it.  Also, a reputable breeder will be able to answer the following questions:  How long have you been a breeder?  What kind of environment do they live in?  What kind of household were the puppies raised in?  What does the daily routine look like?  Is the dog crate trained?  These are all important questions to think about before bringing any puppy home.

Since this is considered a sled dog breed, owners can’t allow their dogs to roam free with no fencing.  They love to run — far and fast — so it’s important to have enough space for them to roam to keep them happy and healthy.

Separation anxiety is prominent with this breed, so it’s best to limit the dog’s alone time.

As for the dog’s temperament, it’s known to bark a lot, especially if a stranger approaches it.  It’s also known to not to get along too well with smaller children and animals; however, it can do well with dogs similar in size.

The dog will be best in cooler climates.

There is only one Samoyed breed, and sadly, you may see the term “miniature Samoyed” or even “Samoyed Pomeranian mix” on the market.  These tiny breeds are marketed as a toy breed, and buyers should be aware that any miniature version isn’t related to the Samoyed at all.

Common health issues that may arise include glaucoma, hip dysplasia, Samoyed hereditary glomerulopathy, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, progressive retinal atrophy and cancer.

Are Samoyeds hypoallergenic?

The great debate online is whether or not the Samoyed is a hypoallergenic dog.  First of all, let’s take a look at what the term hypoallergenic really means.  If you’re allergic to a dog, it usually means you’re allergic to the oil the dog products.  Most dogs, unfortunately, will naturally produce a good amount of dander, which in turn, will produce allergic reactions.  While the Samoyed can produce less than dander than other breeds, it doesn’t mean it’s hypoallergenic.  In addition, while the thick, long double coat can cause allergic reactions because the dog sheds its coat twice a year, leaving balls of fur spread throughout the house.  These small hair fibers can induce allergies, stimulating allergic reactions.

In conclusion, these dogs aren’t hypoallergenic, even if you stay on top of grooming sessions.  It will never be possible to eliminate the dander and dust from its coat.

How can I save money?

Adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group could be much cheaper.  It’s always best to check these places first before adopting from a breeder who is often in it for the money.


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