Why Are Samoyeds Called Shoobs? (Internet History)

by Stuart | Last Updated:   October 18, 2021

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A “shoob” is an internet slang term used in reference to the Samoyed dog breed. According to knowyourmeme.com, the name “shoob” made its first internet appearance in 2013, although the meaning and reasons for the actual word “shoob” is still largely unknown.

Common names for Samoyeds include:

  1. Bjelkier Samoiedskaya Sobaka
  2. Shoob
  3. Smiling Sammy

The beautiful white Shoobs were bred to hunt, haul sleds, and herd reindeer. The working dog originated from the coldest areas of Siberia and had a close association with the Samoyed people. These working dogs serve as a testament to their intelligence, loyalty, and friendliness. Shoobs are also very sociable and demand attention.

Shoobs are pack dogs and are very friendly. These good-natured dogs have a jolly sense of humour and form close bonds with their people. They are famous for their permanent smile and friendly personality. They do best with human companionship and love being included in any household activity.

The Samoyed is a breed that embraces the idea of all things “lovely”. From their gentle and affectionate personality to their long, magnificent white fur, the Shoob is quite a popular breed.

Samoyeds are a friendly and gentle dog breed known for their graceful stand. Due to their interesting history that sings of legends and great adventure, there are lots of names that can represent the beautiful white dogs of the North.

Samoyd Shoob dog standing on top of snowy mountain in the winter with scenic background and clouds in sky

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Why Are Shoobs Always Smiling?

Sammy’s smile is something that has intrigued dog lovers for quite some time. In fact, the Shoob’s “smile” is one of the most cherished traits of this stunning breed. That smile along with the glamorous white coat is the essence of this breed.

The smiling trait of this breed is even mentioned in the AKC breed standard, as they state: “Samoyed lips should be black for preference and slightly curved up at the corners of the mouth, giving the Samoyed smile.” 

The Samoyed perpetual smile has a very important function. Those upturned corners control drooling for these dogs. Drooling is something that would be impractical for a dog living in Siberia. Drool would freeze and potentially form small icicles.

It’s not unusual to see Shoobs working as therapy dogs bringing a smile to children and senior citizens.

Why Is Samoyed So Expensive?

Samoyed puppies are heartwarming, adorable, and hard to resist. The price of Sammy pups can fluctuate widely depending on the breeder. 

The Samoyed puppy price can range between $700 and $1550. You can start getting close to $3000 for a purebred.

The more reputable and high-end breeders will be on the upper end of the price spectrum. You may get a Samoyed at a lower price from unethical breeders but it is never recommended.

Other factors that can influence Samoyed puppy price include

  • Gender
  • Coat colour
  • Overall appearance
  • Breeder reputation 
  • Demand for puppies 
  • Kennel club registered or not
  • Champion bloodline 
  • Breeder’s years of breeding 
  • Purpose of buying (pet, show, or breeding)

Country laws and the breeder specifics will also determine what is included for the price. Annual costs when caring for a Samoyed will be an additional $1300.

Samoyeds have a life expectancy of around 12 – 14 years. This can only be so if proper care and nutrition are given to them. These fluffy dogs should be given regular exercise to avoid health problems.

If you can afford the initial Samoyed price along with the ongoing expenses, you must go for it! After all, Shoobs are worth every penny and more!

Is a Samoyed a Spitz?

Yes, the Samoyed belongs to the spitz, also referred to as the northern dog group.

The word “spitz” in the German language means pointed. A Spitz is a classification of many dog breeds with similar characteristics and features. Spitz is a dog type describing several breeds that share loosely common ancestry and traits. They have descended from ancient breeds that came from the Arctic regions.

Physically speaking, most spitz breeds will have a wolf-like appearance with pointy, pricked ears, almond-shaped eyes, a dense double coat, and a feathery tail. All of these features help keep them warm in cold weather.

Spitz breeds are often loyal, intelligent, friendly, and affectionate. However, most of them can also be independent and bold. There are between 50 and 70 distinct spitz dog breeds, but some aren’t easily categorized because there is no exact definition. This makes knowing the exact number of spitz breeds extermely difficult.

All dogs have descended from wolves or other wild canids. Many of them still maintain their primitive wolf looks. The Samoyed is a spitz breed that is part of group of dogs that have a wolf-like appearance.

Shoobs are among the most ancient of dogs. They are probably the best indication of what wild dogs used to look like, they have no wolf or fox lineage.

The Samoyed is one of the 14 ancient breeds that are genetically similar to the wolf and have not been dramatically changed with selective breeding.

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Final Thoughts

Before you own a Shoob, ask yourself the following question: “Can you afford to own a Samoyed in terms of food, grooming, vet fees, and pet insurance?”

Shoobs, though expensive, are highly sought after. Their perky personality, luxurious coat, friendly smile, and engaging charm lure pet parents in and with good reason.

Owning a Shoob brings great joy despite the cost of looking after your pet throughout its lifetime. The Samoyed makes for an excellent family pet.

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