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Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Samoyed Labrador Retriever Chow Chow
OriginsRussia England Canada China
Group Sled Dogs Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank57176
Reviews1132
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Other Names Samoyedskaya, Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka, Nenetskaya Laika, Smiley, Sammy Labrador, Lab Chow, Chowdren
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 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1903 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds 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
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
Canadian Canine Registry
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
Price $1200-$1500 $1000-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 45-65 pounds (20.5-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-20.5 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (53-60 cm), Female: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 20 inches (50.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) 20 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care - Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

Coat Dense Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Rough
Colors Biscuit
White
Cream
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Cinnamon
Red
Blue
Cream
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Samoyed requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Samoyeds are heavy shedders.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Chow Chows shed above average.

Characteristics - Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

Temperament Alert
Friendly
Playful
Stubborn
Lively
Intelligent
Sociable
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Aloof
Loyal
Intelligent
Detached
Independent
Quiet
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Samoyed's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Chow Chow if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Samoyeds are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Chow Chows aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Samoyeds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Chow Chows are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Samoyeds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Chow Chows are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Samoyeds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Chow Chows may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Samoyeds are a social breed.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Chow Chows are kinda antisocial.
Barking
Average: The Samoyed barks occasionally.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low: The Chow Chow barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Samoyeds are good watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Chow Chows are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Samoyeds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Chow Chows are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Chow Chow has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Samoyeds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Chow Chows have a strong 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.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Chow Chows tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Samoyeds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Chow Chows 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.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Chow Chows are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Samoyeds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Chow Chows don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Chow Chows handle alone time quite well.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

Stranger Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards strangers.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Chow Chows are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Samoyeds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Chow Chows are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Chow Chows are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Samoyeds are dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Chow Chows are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Samoyed is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Chow Chow is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Samoyeds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Chow Chows are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Samoyeds are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Chow Chows usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Samoyeds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Chow Chows 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Chow Chow 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 Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

Health Issues
The Samoyed is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Chow Chow 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
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Ectropion
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Samoyeds are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Chow Chows have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Samoyeds need quite a lot of exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Chow Chows exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Samoyeds don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Chow Chows like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Chow Chow can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Chow Chow has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Samoyed is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Chow Chow is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Samoyed vs Labrador Retriever vs Chow Chow

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 5-10 puppies 3-6 puppies

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