Types of Huskies and Each of Their Unique Characteristics

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Siberian Huskies are popular because of their beautiful and unique physical appearances, but do you know that there are actually different types of huskies out there? Yes, there are different varieties of beautiful dogs with a slight difference some of them may share almost 95% resemblance. But these breeds are beautiful, no matter which type of variety it is.

Alaskan Malamute

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Malamute is often thought of to be huskies because they almost look alike. If you don’t know the differences, you may think that they are the same. Once you get the details of both breeds, you will be able to differentiate both of them. When compared to Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute is heavier and taller.

In general, malamute can weigh between 75 pounds and 100 pounds. Another distinction is their broad head, brown eyes, and distant eyes placement. Not to mention that Alaskan Malamute has bushier tails. These powerful dogs have sharp paws that can be useful for digging, but they’re not very good at jumping, especially jumping fences.

The Malamute has become the official mascot of Alaska. The name is given after an Inuit tribe and Malamute is often used for pulling sleds and companionships. This is one of the oldest northern sled dog breeds.

Malamutes are caring and loyal to their human friends but they can be aggressive with other animals of species. Malamutes have a thick and long double coat which is perfect for them in cold climate.

If you have a Malamute, you need to know the proper care, especially for the coat, so you can prevent heat stroke or other problems. This is one of the types of huskies with buff and burly appearance when compared to the slimmer Siberian Husky.

Siberian Husky

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You can tell by the name that this breed originated from Siberia. It is also known or popular as the white and red husky. Originally, this particular breed was used by the Chuckchi, a semi-nomadic tribe. They were breed to carry sleds for races as well as daily living.

The first Siberian Huskies that arrived in Alaska happened in 1909 where it was used as the racing dogs. The most famous dog was Balto, he was even considered a hero.

The Huskies usually move in packs (if they are living in the wild) and they have a quite strong prey sense. The Siberian Huskies have a bushy and sickle-shaped tail and also a smaller head with the ears and eyes set pretty close.

These Huskies are beautiful in appearance and they are adorable. Just like the Malamute, they shed twice a year. Siberian Huskies are often mixed to other breeds, resulting in cross breeds like Schipperke Husky or Akita. Samoyed Huskies are cross between Siberian Huskies and Samoyeds.

Alaskan Husky

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If you see the appearance of the Alaskan Husky, you may not think that it is included in the breed because it is different from the other two.

Whereas Malamute and Husky share almost the same physical appearance (despite some of the differences), the Alaskan Husky is completely different. This breed is a great alert dog which is also perfect for companionship.

The US AKC (American Kennel Club) addresses the Husky and Malamute as purebreds. They judge Alaskan Husky not by the appearance but its ability instead. Alaskan Husky has a lean body, a deep chest, and long legs with a curling tail and pointy ears. They generally have brown eyes.

The husky weighs around 50 pounds, max, and taller than Siberian Husky. Their appearance looks like a wolf. In terms of speed, Alaskan Husky is the fastest between Malamute and Siberian Husky.

Other Breeds Looking Like Huskies

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There are some debates whether these following breeds are included as types of huskies. Some people say that they don’t but others say they do it is possible that they have resulted from a mixed breed happening sometime in the past. Basically, most polar dogs have the same characteristics and look as huskies.

They have been involved in the cold surroundings for working and living. The Canadian Inuit dogs, for example, look like huskies in general. And there are Greenland dogs which are considered the Viking of the dogs world. They are big and powerful, making them perfect for hunter and sledder. They are known for their great strength, stubbornness, and dominance.

There are also Laika Russian dogs with their curled tails and thick coat. They share husky’s natural trait of cold tolerance. They are also strong, enabling them to pull sleds. They are also natural hunters. And don’t forget the Akita from Japan.

This is a very active breed with a double coat and a hard-working dog. The Akita can be bigger than Siberian husky and they are adorable with a friendly face.


Huskies are friendly creatures with high energy and the needs to stay active. Don’t forget that they are naturally cold-breeders which mean that they need to stay cool. If you are interested in learning the types of huskies, don’t forget to learn about caring for them properly and how to deal with their thick coat.

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