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Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie" Compare Samoyed and Newfoundland. Which is better: Samoyed or Newfoundland or Rough Collie?
Name Samoyed Newfoundland Rough Collie
OriginsRussia Canada Scotland
Group Sled Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank573640
Reviews924
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Other Names Samoyedskaya, Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka, Nenetskaya Laika, Smiley, Sammy Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
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 1886 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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
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 $1500-$2000 $400-$600

General Appearance - Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Size Medium Giant Large
Weight Male: 45-65 pounds (20.5-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-20.5 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (53-60 cm), Female: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 20 inches (50.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Coat Dense Fluffy
Waterproof
Thick
Rough
Soft
Thick
Straight
Harsh
Furry
Colors Biscuit
White
Cream
Gray
Brown
White
Black
Black & White & Tan
Blue & Merle
Blue & Merle & White
Sable
Sable & White
White
White & Merle
Merle
Grooming
Advanced: The Samoyed requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Samoyeds are heavy shedders.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Temperament Alert
Friendly
Playful
Stubborn
Lively
Intelligent
Sociable
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Gentle
Courageous
Loyal
Sweet
Friendly
Gentle
Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Responsive
Social
Hard working
Docile
Obedient
Elegant
Herding
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Samoyed's has great intelligence.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Samoyeds are easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Samoyeds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Samoyeds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Samoyeds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Samoyeds are a social breed.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Samoyed barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Samoyeds are good watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Samoyeds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Samoyeds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Newfoundlands have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an 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.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Samoyeds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Newfoundlands are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Rough Collies 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.
Newfoundlands adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rough Collies 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.
Newfoundlands 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.
Rough Collies 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 Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Stranger Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards strangers.
Newfoundlands are stranger friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Samoyeds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards cats.
Newfoundlands are very cat-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Samoyeds are dog-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Samoyed is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Newfoundland is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Samoyeds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Newfoundlands are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Samoyeds are generally with other pets.
Newfoundlands are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Rough Collies 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
Newfoundlands are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rough Collies 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
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
Newfoundland breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Rough Collie 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.
Yes
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 Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Health Issues
The Samoyed is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Rough Collie 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
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Cystinuria
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Collie Eye Anomaly
Gray Collie Syndrome
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 9-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Samoyeds are high energy dogs.
Newfoundlands have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rough Collies 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.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Samoyeds don't need too much sleep.
Newfoundlands sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rough Collies 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. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Samoyed can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie 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.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Samoyed is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Samoyed vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

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 4-12 puppies 4-8 puppies

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