Do they shed?
One of the biggest challenges to owning a samoyed is the grooming required.
Fortunately, grooming a samoyed isn't overly complicated, it's mostly time and patience.
I highly recommend you learn to groom your own dog if at all possible. It does require some investment in equipment, but it is very difficult to find groomers that truly know how to work with the samoyed coat, especially if the dog is blowing coat. When the dog is losing undercoat, it is very easy to accidently cause it to 'felt' if you do not get all the loose coat out before washing and drying them. I stumbled on a good illustration of this when I was combing out my dogs one night and just stuffing the shed fur into my jeans pocket. I forgot about it and washed the jeans - and the giant fluff of fur turned into a very compact and dense "egg" that would be impossible to get a comb through. If this happens to your dog's coat, it is hours of unpleasant grooming for you and your dog. In most cases you'll be cutting at least some of the mats out or shaving the dog (which is also not good for them: see this .)
To groom your sammy, you need a few basic tools:
1. A force air dryer. A hair dryer uses heat to dry, which you do not want because it takes a very long time and will damage the coat. You want a force air dryer that blows the water off the coat. The air will get warm due to the heat given off by the motor, but it is the volume of air that is getting the dog dry. I've had a Metro Air Force Master Blaster for over 10 years and it is still going strong. The K9-II and K9-III are also good choices... generally, a dryer will cost about $400 - if you find something for significantly cheaper, it is probably not powerful enough. It takes me almost 2 hours to dry a dog using my Master Blaster.. it would be double that with a less powerful dryer.
3. Grooming rake. The one I prefer has a wooden handle, but different kinds work better on different coats. Rakes work really well for taking out the undercoat when your sam is blowing coat.