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Samoyed Puppy Price Comparison: The Price of Paws

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Recently, we published an article on Happy Samoyed discussing intelligent dog breeds rivaling the wit of the Samoyed. Most of these dogs are similar in temperament and size to the Samoyed puppy, but they all vary in price. This article will take a look at Samoyed puppy prices in comparison to rival intelligent breeds. We will also compare costs across the board including food and grooming costs. 

Samoyed Puppy Price

Samoyed lying in a field of lavender.

The Samoyed is famous for its happy attitude and thick double-layered white coat, which you can find scattered around its owner’s home every summer. Back in the day the Samoyed pulled sleds for the Samoyede people of Siberia and doubled as a blanket on cold nights to keep the tribes warm. These days the Samoyed leads an active life. The Samoyed likes to exercise, go on long walks, and hang out with its owner as much as possible. If you’re interested in buying a Samoyed, purchase one from a breeder, or find one up for adoption. 

Samoyeds certainly aren’t cheap. This is due to their popularity, which leaves them in constant demand. The average Samoyed puppy price ranges from $700 – $1,500 USD depending on your area and breeder. A Samoyed puppy price can soar to $3,000 USD if you purchase one from a champion award-winning bloodline. 

Other Factors Influencing Samoyed Puppy Price

Some breeders will receive American Kennel Club certification for their Samoyed puppies. Receiving this certification costs money, and breeders pass expenses down to buyers. This certification approves the dog’s family history. 

The dog’s age will also drive up the price. Most families want to raise a Samoyed from a young puppy to a fully grown adult. This means that puppies are in higher demand and therefore cost more than adults. Samoyeds between 8 to 12 weeks old are the most valuable. This is the phase after the puppy is socialized with the rest of its family (i.e fellow puppies) and is ready to move into a new home. Puppies within this age range will lean towards the $1,500 USD price point. However, once the puppy passes 12 weeks and heads toward 1 year of age, prices drop. So if you can handle raising your Samoyed from 1 year old, you can save yourself a few hundred dollars. 

Finally, the actual appearance of the Samoyed puppy will play a major factor in its price. Everyone wants to own the prettiest puppy of the litter. The color of a Samoyed puppy’s coat heavily influences its price. Samoyed puppies come in 4 different colors: white, cream, biscuit, and a white biscuit mix. Most owners will want a cream-colored puppy since they are easy to clean compared to pure white puppies. That means young cream-colored American Kennel Club certified Samoyed puppies will cost the most. 

The Other Siberian: Husky Puppy Price vs The Samoyed Puppy Price

Husky lying in snow.

The Siberian husky might be one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world. In the dog community, it’s considered a movie star! Its unmistakable coat and stance make it a loving addition to any family. Much like the Samoyed, this dog has Siberian roots tracing back to the Chukchi people where they worked as sled pullers and warm blankets for the tribes. They eventually migrated to Alaska to be used as sled dogs during the gold rush, from 1896-1899. These dogs are pack animals and their size can be difficult to control. They are certainly not a breed for timid first-time dog owners. Huskies need a strong alpha owner to socialize and train them to be obedient. Owners cannot be afraid to consistently show their Husky who is in charge. 

Siberian Husky prices can range from $600 to $1,300 USD depending on factors similar to those affecting Samoyed puppy prices. Prices will drop significantly once the Husky puppies pass their first year. Typically, buyers are looking for a Husky offering blue eyes and a white and black coat. This is the most common and visually appealing Husky. Coats also come in pure white, gray, copper, and red. A Husky’s eyes can also come in different colors, including brown. They sometimes develop heterochromia, where one eye remains blue and the other changes to brown. This gives the Husky a distinct look.

Husky puppies with an elite pedigree will cost more than the average. Taking these other factors into consideration and adding them to an exceptional lineage could boost the price of a Husky puppy over $6,000. 

The American Eskimo Puppy Price vs Samoyed Puppy Price

Smiling American Eskimo sitting in a field.

Heading from Siberia to America, the Eskimo is the Samoyed’s doppelganger. Without a deep love and knowledge of dogs, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the two if they were in the same room. The Eskimo puppy rivals the Samoyed puppy in beauty and intelligence, but does it rival the breed in price? 

The Eskimo got its start as a circus act throughout the United States in the 19th century. The exact origin of the Eskimo is unknown, but experts believe it comes from Nordic climates. Like Samoyeds, Eskimos love being the center of attention. They enjoy lots of exercise and don’t like to be left alone for long hours. 

There is a tell-tail difference between the Samoyed and Eskimo and that is size. The Samoyed is a larger breed compared to the Eskimo. Another distinct difference is eye shape. A Samoyed’s eyes are oval, while the Eskimo’s eyes are round. And if you look at their coats, the Eskimo is almost pure white, while the Samoyed can come in a cream or biscuit color.

Eskimo puppy price varies for the same reasons as Samoyed puppies. It depends on several factors including the breeder’s location, reputation, litter size, the lineage of the puppy, current popularity, and training. Eskimos come in three different sizes including toy, miniature, and standard. The average price for an American Eskimo, including all three sizes, is $1,150. If you’re looking for a champion Eskimo from a superior lineage you’ll be looking at prices ranging from $1,700 – $4,500 USD 

Heading To Japan: The Akita

An Akita lying on a path surrounded by autumn trees.

The Akita’s strong powerful stance makes it one of the more intimidating dogs on our list. In Japan, this dog had the prestigious job of guarding royal families, in addition to hunting wild boar, deer, and even black bears! Their fluffy fur might fool you, but do not take this dog lightly. Training an Akita requires more patience and effort than training a Husky or Samoyed. Socializing them proves to be even more difficult. However, with a strong alpha owner, the Akita can become a loving addition to any home. Owners must be willing to take charge and show their Akita who is the boss. Akitas will always strive to be alpha, especially in a group of same-sex dogs. 

The Akita never lost its guard dog abilities. If you own an Akita you’ll notice they’ll have a lot of aggressive tendencies, which need to be worked out through daily extensive exercise. They don’t require as much exercise as Samoyeds. 30 minutes per day is more than enough to tire out an Akita. And after exercising, you’ll notice your Akita is calmer and friendlier. 

Akita puppy prices vary. The average price is $1,000, but they can range anywhere from $600 – $1,980. Akitas from champion bloodlines will cost well over $3,000. Akitas come in a variety of coat colors including white, brindle, and pinto, which is a mix of white and dark brown. The top of the head, torso, and hind legs are usually covered in a darker color, while the chest and underbelly remain white. The overall pattern of the Akita will affect the price. 

The Shiba Inu: The Akita’s Japanese Cousin

Shiba Inu running through a field of dandelions

I’m sure the Shiba Inu graced the feed of your social media accounts. This dog is the ultimate meme and wins the internet on a yearly basis. Like the Akita, the Shiba Inu is from Japan, and it’s one of the nation’s six native breeds. It shares plenty of characteristics with the Spitz and American Eskimo. 

The Shiba Inu may look as friendly as the Samoyed or Eskimo, but it has an aggressive streak like the Akita. It offers a lot of love and affection to its owners, but it is very protective of its territory and toys. The Shiba Inu has a hunter’s mentality. It’s suspicious of strangers and has a mind of its own. Most owners will describe the Shiba Inu as “cat-like.” Shibas will only humor you when they feel like it. 

Their temperament makes them difficult to train and like Huskies, they require a fenced backyard because they will try to escape your property.  

Prices for the Shiba Inu vary, but the dog is currently at its peak popularity and puppies will be expensive. On average, this breed costs between $1,200 – $2,500 USD. Before their spike in popularity, the breed would cost no more than $1,000 USD. However, the internet, memes, and videos, have taken the price tag of this dog to new levels. For Shibas from a champion lineage, the cost can rise to $3,000 USD. You can adopt a Shiba Inu puppy for around $350 – $550 USD  with vaccinations included. Not only are you saving money, but you’re giving a dog a new home. 

After You Buy Your Puppy: The Cost Of Supporting Your Dog

The initial puppy price is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to costs. After you bring your puppy into your home you will experience another realm of fees that vary on an individual basis.

Food

After learning the Samoyed puppy price and the price of rival dog breeds, you’ll have to know how much it costs to feed each breed. Samoyeds are medium-sized dogs who do their fair share of eating. Expect to pay anywhere from $20-$60 per month for food. This price will all depend on your location and the quality of food you choose to feed your dog. You should always feed your dog, no matter the breed, high-quality protein-filled chow.

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The Other Breeds

An adult Samoyed will eat around 15 to 30 pounds (7 to 14 kilograms) per month. The Husky is a similar size, and you can expect to pay around $480 per year or $40 USD per month on average. The American Eskimo can also be lumped into this group, as it usually eats around $20 – $60 USD worth of food per month. 

The Shiba Inu is much smaller in comparison to the two Siberian relatives and American Eskimo. The Shiba is only 20 pounds at most (9 kilograms) and they can live on 660 to 775 calories per day. Even if you feed your Shiba high-quality food,  your costs should not surpass $18 per month or $220 per year. This is half the price of feeding a Samoyed, Husky, or Eskimo. 

The Akita is the largest dog on the list, but due to its need for only 30 minutes of daily exercise, you can feed it for the same price as the Husky or Samoyed. Shortened exercise times will burn off fewer calories, meaning food portions will keep your Akita full longer.  The Akita will consume an average of 370 pounds of food per year (167 kilograms). The average yearly cost for feeding an Akita puppy is $415, while it costs $380 on average to feed an adult. Puppies will eat more food in their first year as they work their way through their growth cycle.

Grooming

small dog being shaved at home

All these dogs have their fair share of fur, which means they’ll have to be groomed, and this comes with a price. Some owners are brave enough to attempt grooming their dogs on their own. There are plenty of online tutorials to guide you through this process. If owners don’t feel comfortable grooming their own dogs, then they’ll have to take them to a professional. 

Grooming costs will vary depending on your area. The average grooming costs for an American Eskimo is $195 USD per year. For the larger Akita, grooming costs can reach as high as $480 USD per year, but the average yearly cost is $240 USD. For the smaller Shiba Inu, grooming costs will run $300 USD per year at the high end, but $150 USD per year on average. This is a great breed to groom for first-time dog owners, as their coats are not extremely thick. The Husky is very good at maintaining a clean coat and doesn’t require extensive grooming. The focus area for Huskies is their nails. This will cost an average of $40 – $50 USD per session. Huskies only need to be groomed 2-4 times per year, so expect to pay between $80 – $200 USD  per year.  

Lastly, Samoyeds and their famous double-layered white coat. It comes at a steep price to keep their coat looking sharp. A Samoyed needs to be groomed 4 to 8 times per year, and it will cost $670 USD per year on average. Prices can reach as high as $1,040 USD depending on your area and groomer.  

Costs Adding Up

As you can see these costs start to add up. Outside of the Samoyed puppy price, grooming fees are also high for the white Siberians. Huskies are expensive as well. They eat just as much as the Samoyed, but you will save on grooming costs since Huskies are independent and clean. If you really want to save while owning a popular dog, the Shiba Inu might be the choice for you. Not only will you save on food because of the Shiba’s small stature, but you will also save on grooming costs as well. The most expensive fees are packed into the price of Shiba puppies. 

The Akita is the largest dog, but it eats just as much as the Samoyed or Husky. You won’t be paying more for their food. Their grooming costs however are the second-highest on our list, since their coats are quite thick. Lastly, the Eskimo will eat as much as Huskies and Samoyeds, and the puppy prices are slightly more expensive than the other breeds. Their grooming fees are less than its Samoyed doppelganger. If you’re looking for the Samoyed look at a lower price, the American Eskimo is for you.

In conclusion, everyone would love to have the dog they desire. In reality, these dogs all come at a cost, and some may be more affordable than others. After examining the price of a Samoyed puppy and others, you might consider adopting an ideal option. Adoption will save you initial costs, and as mentioned, you’re giving a dog in need a home. And that is a satisfying feeling.