“If you’re lucky, a Husky will come into your life, steal your heart, and change everything” – a poster on the internet. This quote sums up the wonderful breed of dogs that Siberian huskies are: loving, playful, loyal and energetic dogs. There are quite a few similar breeds. Here is the best selection of 10 top breeds of dogs that look like huskies.
Huskies are the mascots of several educational institutions in the United States, including the University of Washington. They are an athletic and active breed and require plenty of open space for them to run around.
The word husky is a corruption of the word ‘Huskimos” or the Eskimos. Huskies have been used by the Inuit’s for centuries and are one of the most beautiful dogs.
With a wolf-like appearance, husky breeds are good guard dogs. Like all dogs, they have descended from the grey wolf, known as Canis lupus, and of all the different breeds, the huskies are the closes to wolf-like breeds. Husky is a powerful dog with a thick coat and pointy ears. They have a striking resemblance to a wolf and, with proper training, make it one of the best domestic dogs.
The high-energy huskies are a popular dog breed and a clean dog easily trainable. The Siberian husky is from the Siberian, where it hauled heavy loads. Apart from the thick double coat and pointy ears, the characteristic physical traits of this dog are the wide range of colors they come. You can find huskies in coat colors of white, brown, grey and white, silver, sable and white, and dark grey.
The most distinguishing feature of a Siberian husky is its blue eyes. Due to a gene causing loss of pigmentation in the irises, most dogs have blue eyes ranging from very light blue to vibrant blue. Because of the blue eyes, these dogs are much in demand, and an excellent pedigreed dog can be as expensive as $6,000.
Here is a list of 10 dogs that look like huskies.
An Alaskan Malamute has the closest resemblance to a Siberian husky and ranks 58 out of 197 dogs in the American Kennel Club Breed Popularity ranking. It has a heavy bone structure and powerful shoulders, making it a dog ever ready for hard work. This is one of the top breeds that look like huskies.
They are incredibly affectionate and follow the strict pack rules. If you do not establish yourself as the ‘leader’ of the pack, we wish you good luck! The Alaskan malamute will take over the ruling of the house! Don’t be surprised if he orders himself a steak through the Uber Eats! They should be handled firmly right from day one.
Mals are very handsome dogs, extremely friendly dogs, and adjust significantly with children. Like all huskies, it is a very active dog and prefers an active lifestyle to stay indoors.
Japanese Akita Inu
Akita Inu is the largest native breeds of dogs in Japan. It is a large, well-built Spitz-type husky with the males distinguished from the females with a robust body structure. Generally, males are about 25 to 27 inches at the shoulders and females between 22.5 to 25 inches. The middle range is the most preferred size for this breed.
It is a very dignified dog and demands attention and, in turn, gives lots of love and loyalty. They tend to be a bit aggressive with other dogs though they are gentle with children. It is a big dog and needs constant grooming because its coat tends to shed hair. They need to be trained well from very early to contain the aggression. First-time owners of a dog might find it challenging to handle a Japanese Akita Inu unless trained well under a professional.
Alaskan huskies are cousins of the Siberian huskies but generally shorter. Basically, they are good-natured and friendly and rarely bark. Also, they don’t make good guard dogs because even if a stranger comes, they will go and sniff rather than bark! Traditionally they were bred as sled dogs and need a lot of outdoor activity.
They do not like to stay indoors for a prolonged period. They are hyperactive and known to chase small animals and even leap over fences in the excitement! The coat colors of an Alaskan husky can vary and come in all colors since they are a hybrid. The coat is usually short to medium and easy to maintain.
These dogs are susceptible to a rare brain disease called Alaskan Husky Encephalopathy (AHE). It is an incurable disease that causes neurological problems in the dog caused by its inability to process thiamine from the food.
Alaskan Klee Kai Dog
It is one of the new breeds of huskies and is a smaller version of the Siberian husky. Both are Spitz breed huskies, and the Alaskan Klee Kai is shy and a little wary of strangers. While the Siberian husky was bred for pulling the sled and is a working dog, the Alaskan Klee Kai was bred to be a companion.
The term “Klee Kai’ is Inuit for ‘small dog’. They tend to whine and bark a lot and poses a challenge for a new dog owner. This breed was more of an accident than a planned one. In Oklahoma, an Alaskan Husky ‘accidentally’ mated with a smaller dog. The result was an adorable litter of puppies that retained the color of the husky but the physical stature of the small dog.
Alaskan Klee Kai is highly intelligent and loves to be with family members. They are easy to train because of their high intelligence and retains the urge to wander around like the huskies. A good family dog and tend to be an excellent guard dog too. Alaskan Klee Kai come in various colors.
This breed is yet to be recognized by the kennel clubs in the United States.
American Eskimo Dog
These are among the smallest breeds of Huskies and come in three different types: toy, miniature, and standard. They are ideally suited for a small family living in a small house or an apartment. The toy version is about 9-12 inches in height, and the miniature 12-15 inches and the standard one will be 15-19 inches.
They are playful and intelligent and rank 122 out of 197 in the ACK Breed Popularity. Distinctive traits include a dense white coat with a lion-like mane around the chest and shoulders. American Eskimo Dogs are one of the most trainable breeds, and are clever and demand to be part of the family. They are the best choice for apartment-living adults who still want to own husky breeds.
They are a healthy breed and live for a long time. Occasionally some dogs are affected by late-onset progressive retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia. Health screening is available to identify this in advance. They are good with children and can learn tricks quite fast.
This made them the favorite dog in the Wild West days of America and traveling circuses. Early socialization and continuous exposure to new things will keep the American Eskimo dog excited and obedient. They are protective of the family and make excellent watchdogs.
Canadian Eskimo Dog
If you thought it is only the exotic wildlife like the Tigers and Pandas that are threatened with extinction, think again. The Canadian Eskimo dog, one of the dog breeds built for hard work, was famous as sled dogs in the early 20th century.
These dogs look a lot like huskies. It now in danger of going extinct. Also known as the Canadian Inuit Dog, the numbers have been slowly declining due to the advent of snowmobiles and the spread of canine infectious diseases. There is an accusation that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had killed many Canadian Inuit dogs between the 1950s and 1970s. All this makes it a rare breed.
The Canadian Eskimo dog is an intelligent and affectionate breed of dogs. They are powerfully built with a height between 58-70cm at the shoulder for the males, and the females are between 50-60cm. The coat color ranges from white to black and in-between shades.
Males have a distinctly masculine feature and have a similar appearance to wolves. The most significant difference was the length and posture of the bushy tails, which is shorter and more curved in the dog.
They have an excellent temperament and are loyal, alert, and brave. It is also quite affectionate and gentle and forms a strong bond with humans. Due to their nature, they love cold weather and often prefer to sleep outside in the winter, and are uncomfortable in hot weather. They need a lot of exercise with high intensity due to their dynamic nature. This makes them ideal for dog sports like carting, mushing and skijoring.
Also known as Czechoslovakian Vlack, they are part of wolf hybrids and an experimental dog breeding exercise conducted in Czechoslovakia in the 50s. The breeders wanted the temperament, intelligence, and trainability of a German Shepherd dog and the strength and stamina of the Carpathian wolf.
The result was the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Over many breeding generations, the wolf genes were reduced to 6.25% making them more amenable and friendly. Because of the wolf genes, these dogs look like huskies.
The Border patrol police initially used them for guarding. But they are now used for search and rescue and tracking. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are working dogs and assist in drafting and herding. It has a robust and rectangular body frame, and generally, the head’s expression indicates sex. The coat colors range from yellow-grey to silver-grey. It has short, very thick and close hair.
Like the German Shepherd Dog, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog builds a strong social relationship with all the family members. And It is essential to control the hunting urge the dog has when it is still a puppy.
Because, if not controlled early, it can lead to destructive behavior and aggression towards smaller animals. While they are playful and intelligent dogs, they need firm discipline and motivation to train. When properly trained, they make excellent guard dogs.
However, this is not a recommended breed for first-time dog owners.
Are you looking for a small dog with high intelligence and extremely friendly? Look no further. The Icelandic Sheepdogs is a small to medium-sized Spitz and is a breed that is eager to please you. These are small breeds of dogs that look like huskies.
It is the totem animal of Iceland with an ever happy and smiling expression. They are ever happy dogs and make good pets. They rank 155 of 197 in the American Kennel Club Breed Popularity.
Most dogs are not taller than 18 inches at the shoulder for the male and 16.5 inches for the females, making it one of the medium or smaller breeds of huskies. They come in several colors and always have a predominant white marking.
They all have a double coat, with the out coat with long hair and a dense undercoat. Regular brushing keeps the dog looking smart. Because of the long hair, there would be tangles that need combing with a metal comb.
Icelandic sheepdogs enjoy being outdoors and are a great companion on long walks. Besides they are quite strong and active and can walk for long distances. Because of this active nature, they love to participate in a variety of dog sports.
They are a family dog and are often unhappy if left alone. Besides being very good with children, they are loyal dogs and, like all other dogs, need to be trained early. When appropriately trained, they are excellent family pets.
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the smaller dogs of the Spitz herding that look like huskies. Vallhund is Swedish for a herding dog. They are also known as Vastgotaspets and Swedish Cattledog. They are small, powerfully built.
It has a muscular build with a wedge-shaped head and a hard coat of medium-length hair. Usually, the color of the coat is sable. Swedish Vallhunds are highly energetic and is one of the most friendly dogs.
They resemble the Pembroke Welsh corgi or a Cardigan Welsh corgi, but they are not genetically related. Swedish Vallhund is a member of the spitz family. It is relatively a rare breed and bred by select breeders.
They are quite easy on the diet and need much less food than one would think, considering their boundless energy. Overweight is a problem with most dogs, even if they get enough exercise. Because of this, it is a good idea to keep a close watch on the diet and weight.
They need constant grooming because of their coat and shed their undercoat twice a year. It is a farm dog and needs regular exercise, and a regular long walk should be sufficient for most dogs.
Apart from the physical activity, they also need regular mental stimulation by way of puzzles and participating in sports. Generally, Vallhunds are considered to be strong-willed dog with a mind of their own. However, with proper training, they make good companions.
They generally keep good health but are susceptible to hip dysplasia. The Swedish Vallhund was at one time on the verge of extinction. Quick action by two breeders saved the situation. Today, countries like Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Tajikistan, Mali and Nicaragua have carried the Swedish Vallhund on their postage stamps.
Saarloos Wolfdog is yet another wolf-like breed of dogs that looks like huskies. They originated from the crossing of a German Shepherd and a Eurasian grey wolf from Siberia.
Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos felt that it was necessary to have a separate breed of German Shepherd. He found the German Shepherd dogs over domesticated.
Therefore his aim was to breed a working dog with more natural properties of a wolf. He finally settled at one-quarter of wolf blood in the dog. In 1981 the Dutch Kennel Club named it ‘Sarloos Wolfdog’ to honor the breeder.
Compared to the other wolf-like dogs Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Saarloos Wolfdog had a genetic mapping of 18-33% with the wolf, compared to the 11-12% the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.
Saarloos Wolf dogs are powerfully built and in general, their appearance closely resembles a wolf. They have a short, dense coat and yellow eyes. The coat colors are generally wolf-grey though occasionally you may find a red or a white Saarloos wolfdog.
Since temperament wise they still retain their wolfish characteristics, and hence it is not a breed for everyone. Only experienced dog owners should adopt these dogs as pets because the streak of the wild animal is quite dominant in the behavior of Saarloos wolfdogs. It is advisable not to leave small children along with these dogs.
These are the best selection of 10 top breeds of dogs that look like Huskies. To this list of dogs we can add a few other breeds which are similar to huskies. They are the Japanese Akita, Tamaskan Dog, Finnish Spitz, Native American Indian Dog, Northern Inuit Dog, and the Utonagan Dog.
Huskies are the most lovable and intelligent dogs and may not be comparable to a Labrador Retriever in terms of friendliness. But with proper training and firm handling right from the days when are puppies, they will be your faithful companion for a long time.
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