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Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian" Compare Samoyed and Border Collie. Which is better: Samoyed or Border Collie or Pomeranian?
Name Samoyed Border Collie Pomeranian
OriginsRussia England Scotland Wales Germany Poland
Group Sled Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank573822
Reviews982
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Other Names Samoyedskaya, Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka, Nenetskaya Laika, Smiley, Sammy Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1200-$1500 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Size Medium Large Small
Weight Male: 45-65 pounds (20.5-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-20.5 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 5 pounds (2 kg)
Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (53-60 cm), Female: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 20 inches (50.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Coat Dense Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Fluffy
Colors Biscuit White Cream Black & White Tricolor Tan Blue merle Blue merle-tricolor Slate merle Red merle Black Brindle Gold Lilac Red Sable Sable Merle Saddleback Sable White & Blue White & Blue Merle White & Red White & Red Merle White Ticked Seal Slate White & Gold White & Sable White & Seal Blue Gray Red Tan Brown Orange White Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Samoyed requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Samoyeds are heavy shedders.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Pomeranians shed moderately.

Characteristics - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Temperament Alert Friendly Playful Stubborn Lively Intelligent Sociable Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Active Friendly Lively Sociable Extroverted Intelligent Playful Attentive Docile Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Samoyed's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Samoyeds are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Pomeranians are easy to train.
Playfulness
Samoyeds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Samoyeds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Samoyeds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pomeranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Samoyeds are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Samoyed barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average to high: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Samoyeds are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Samoyeds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pomeranians strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Samoyeds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pomeranians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Samoyed is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Samoyeds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Border Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Pomeranians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Samoyeds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pomeranians are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Samoyeds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Samoyeds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Stranger Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Pomeranians are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Samoyeds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Pomeranians are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Samoyeds are dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Pomeranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Samoyed is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Samoyeds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Samoyeds are generally with other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Pomeranians are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Samoyeds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pomeranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Samoyed breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Health Issues
The Samoyed is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Pomeranian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat Diabetes Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Pulmonic Stenosis Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Dry Eye Epilepsy Heat Intolerance Heatstroke Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Seizures
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Samoyeds are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Pomeranians have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Samoyeds need quite a lot of exercise.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Samoyeds don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Pomeranians sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Samoyed can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Samoyed is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pomeranian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Samoyed vs Border Collie vs Pomeranian

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-8 puppies 2-5 puppies

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