Samoyed is a breed of dog that’s well-known for their fluffy coats of white fur and signature Samoyed smile.

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in Singapore

But what else do you know about these furry friends?

Read on as we answer 7 frequently asked questions about owning a Samoyed in Singapore!

Is Samoyed HDB approved in Singapore?

The Samoyed is not included in the list of HDB approved dog breeds as it is not small in size.

Depending on its gender, it can grow up to 60cm in height and weigh up to 30kg.

This goes against HDB’s regulations which require dogs to weigh 10kg or less and have a maximum height of 40cm.

What is the price of a Samoyed in Singapore?

What is the price of buying a Samoyed in Singapore?

Being a pedigree dog, the Samoyed is considered to be one of the most expensive breeds to buy.

The price may vary depending on the shop you choose to buy from but purchasing one is estimated to cost you at least a few thousand dollars.

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in Singapore

What is the cost of owning a Samoyed?

The cost of owning a Samoyed may vary depending on the one-off costs and recurring costs you incur.

One-Off Costs

Sterilisation: $150 – $500
Microchipping: $50 – $90
Deworming: $50

Recurring Costs 

Food: $100 per month
Grooming: $50 per session
Dental: $50 per consultation
Healthcare: $50 per consultation (treatment not included)
Vaccinations: $35 – $80 every 1-3 years
Licensing: $15 – $460 depending on several factors such as:
• whether the dog is sterilised
• number of dogs owner has got licensed in the past
• duration of license (between 1-3 years)

Some additional recurring costs you might want to take into consideration include:

  • pet insurance,
  • transport costs for bringing your dog around and
  • buying new accessories like toys and leashes.

It has been estimated that the annual recurring cost of owning a dog is $3,211.

What is the temperament of a Samoyed like?

They are active dogs

Samoyeds are active dogs that need to have at least an hour of exercise daily. Behavioural problems may arise if they lead a sedentary lifestyle and are unable to expand their energy.

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in Singapore

As this breed of dog is known to embrace freedom, it’ll be ideal if its home has an open garden area for it to run around whenever it wants to.Otherwise, here are some dog parks and runs in Singapore you can bring your Samoyed to!

They need a lot of attention

Showering your Samoyed with attention and care is necessary to keep it happy.

These dogs thrive on social interaction and will become miserable if left alone for more than 3-4 hours.

When they feel neglected, they may start to bark incessantly and chew random objects that they find around the house.

Anna Bartosik, a companion animal trainer and blogger at Woofs & Purrs, encourages owners to start leaving their Samoyeds alone early on in their life and to do so gradually.

Owners can start by just leaving the pup in the other room. Leaving it for just 5-10 minutes can be very beneficial. If you know that the pup is not likely to sleep while you are away, prepare him something that he can chew on or play with. If at any point you start to see that your dog is getting distressed, is not eating anything while you are away, destroyed random objects or defecate in the house, I would firstly encourage a vet check. If there is no medical issue, then I would invite you to look for a dog trainer or behaviourist who can help you with separation distress.

They get along well with other pets and small children

Samoyeds are known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. They get along well with small children and can be a perfect pet for a family with kids.

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in Singapore

They can also coexist peacefully with other pets in the house, if they grew up together.

How much grooming does a Samoyed need?

They should be brushed daily

Samoyeds have two layers of fur that consist of an inner coat and an outer layer of rougher hair. As a result, they tend to shed a lot and should be brushed daily.

Their shedding season comes twice a year so don’t be alarmed when you find extra dog fur around the house.

If you’re looking to groom your Samoyed from the comfort of your home, check out this guide on dog grooming tips!

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in Singapore

They should not be shaved

Many people have the mistaken belief that a Samoyed’s fur coat should be shaved in warmer climates to help it cope with the heat.

However, removing the double coat of fur can be unsafe as it loses the ability to regulate its own body temperature. This also makes it more prone for the dog to suffer from overheating.

Moreover, in some cases, the coat of fur may not grow back correctly once it’s shaved off.

Are Samoyeds easy to train?

Due to their easy-going personality, Samoyeds are generally easy to train and can be suitable for novice dog owners.

However, their sense of freedom and stubbornness may cause some issues if you’re not well prepared.

As with most breeds, it’s best to train a Samoyed from a young age. This class of canine responds well to voice commands and owners should utilise a cheery tone when instructing. A lower tone of voice is useful when communicating with a Samoyed after it did something wrong.

Zak George’s Ultimate Puppy Training Video is a great place to start learning how to train your Samoyed pup:

Overall, Samoyed owners must remain firm and establish their authority over their petearly. If not, it may grow up doing whatever it pleases, with no respect for its owner.

Dog training is an important aspect of dog ownership that shouldn’t be overlooked. As compared to an untrained Samoyed, an obedient one will share a closer bond with its owner!

Is Singapore’s hot weather suitable for Samoyeds?

Many people have the mistaken belief that a Samoyed’s fur coat should be shaved in warmer climates to help it cope with the heat. However, removing the double coat of fur can be unsafe as it loses the ability to regulate its own body temperature. This also makes it more prone for the dog to suffer from overheating. Moreover, in some cases, the coat of fur may not grow back correctly once it’s shaved off.Being arctic dogs, Samoyeds thrive in the winter. However, they can still tolerate and live in warmer climates.

Their thick double-layered coat of fur helps to keep them cool by acting as a heat insulator.

Laurice, dog expert and founder of PuppyWiki, shares that while it may be difficult, raising a Samoyed in hot climates is definitely possible.

Their thick coat actually helps to protect them from the heat, but that doesn’t mean you should have them outside for long periods. It’s important to watch them when outside and not let them be exposed to the sun for long periods of time especially if the weather is 29°C or hotter

Nonetheless, we still recommend Samoyeds to be housed in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible.

It also helps to keep them hydrated at all times.

What is the difference between a Samoyed and a Japanese Spitz?

Samoyeds are often compared to Japanese Spitzs as the two breeds look very similar.

Vet Answers 7 FAQs about owning a Samoyed in SingaporeImage Credit: Japanese Spitz and Samoyed White Background Images

However, there are actually a ton of differences between the two.

 
Samoyed
Japanese Spitz
Lifespan12-13 years
10-16 years
SizeMediumSmall
HeightMales: 53-60 cm
Females: 48-53 cm
30-38 cm
WeightMales: 20.5-30 kg
Females: 16-20.5 kg
5-10 kg
Daily food consumption½ to 1 cup of dry food a day2-3 cups of high quality dry food, split into two different meals
SheddingHeavyModerate
Barking frequencyOccasionalOften
HypoallergenicYesNo
Obedience intelligenceHighAverage

Raising a Samoyed in Singapore

Samoyeds are relatively easy to train and are always eager to please their owners. They may be a good option for first-time dog owners as well.

However, they are expensive and require high maintenance. A lot of effort has to be put into grooming and caring for it.

If this breed sounds too much of a commitment for you, maybe you can consider one of these low maintenance pet breeds instead.

Remember that a dog is for life, so think twice before you decide on getting one!

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