English Cocker Spaniel vs Samoyed

Compare the English Cocker Spaniel to the Samoyed. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between English Cocker Spaniels and Samoyeds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Samoyed is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the English Cocker Spaniel.
  • Children - Both the English Cocker Spaniel and Samoyed are great with children.
  • Grooming - The English Cocker Spaniel is easy to groom. The Samoyed has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the English Cocker Spaniel has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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English Cocker Spaniel vs Samoyed
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Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielSamoyed
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height14-17 in.19-23½ in.
Weight26-35 lb35-65 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (England)Russia
Origin Year1860 AD1890 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F-30°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed20 mph20 mph
StrengthLow-MediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielSamoyed
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowHigh
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielSamoyed
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
CataractsYesNo
DiabetesNoYes
Ear InfectionsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Pulmonic StenosisNoYes
Renal FailureYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielSamoyed
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Blue RoanYesNo
Blue Roan & TanYesNo
GoldenYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Lemon RoanYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver & TanYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Liver RoanYesNo
Liver Roan & TanYesNo
Liver, White, & TanYesNo
Orange & WhiteYesNo
Orange RoanYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red RoanYesNo
SableYesNo
Sable & TanYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
BiscuitNoYes
CreamNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & BiscuitNoYes