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Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs

By Janhvi Johorey, Psychologist specialized in animal therapy. Updated: July 11, 2018
Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs

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There are many different types and breeds of huskies including: the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian, the Alaskan Husky and more. This list includes; the Akita Husky, American Eskimo dogs and the Chinook Dog. Additionally, in the husky dog universe we can also find; the Finnish Spitz, Keeshond, Samoyed Husky, Schipperke Husky, ShibaInu, Red and White Husky, Norwegian Elkhound and the Miniature Husky.

There are so many different breeds of husky dogs that we here at AnimalWised wanted to discuss them with you! For more information take a look at our useful guide of the types and breeds of husky dogs. While each of these species may resemble the other, there certainly are significant differences between the husky types and breeds.

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The Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is Alaska's official mascot. This is the oldest among the north sled dogs. Named after an Inuit tribe of the same name, this husky breed has been used to provide companionship and pull sleds through the Arctic terrain.

The Malamute differs from the Siberian husky in many ways. Some of these differences can be noted by the fact that the Malamute is taller and heavier than the Siberian husky, 23 to 25 inches in height at the shoulder, this dog can weigh anywhere between 75 to even 100 pounds. The distinctive appearance of the Malamute includes brown eyes and a broad head distantly placed eyes. These huskies have a bushy tail and though powerful, they use sharp paws to dig instead of jumping over fences. This dog loves to go on jaunts and can be aggressive with other species, but loyal and caring to his human companions. Beacuse it has long and thick double coat, it's highly important to know how to care for an Alaskan Malamute during summer. You need to make sure that its coat is cared for correctly to avoid pathologies, such as; heat stroke.

Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs - The Alaskan Malamute

The Siberian Husky

This type is also known as the red and white husky. The Siberian Husky, as its name suggests, is from Siberia. This husky breed was used by semi-nomadic tribes known as the Chuckchi. The breed was developed to carry forth sleds for both daily living and races. In 1909, the first Siberian Huskies arrived in Alaska as racing dogs, the most famous being Balto; the dog that became a hero. At 35 to 60 pounds and 20 to 23 and a half inches at the shoulders, it is smaller boned tan the Malamute. With a smaller head, eyes and ears set close together, and a sickle-shaped, bushy tail, the Siberian husky is adorably cute. The Siberian Husky moves in packs when in the wild and have strong prey drive. As the Malamute, you should know that Siberian Huskies shed not once, but twice a year.

In addition, there are different types of Siberian Husky. These Siberian husky breeds include the Akita or Schipperke Husky, which are a mix of the respective breeds and the Siberian Husky. A Samoyed Husky, for example, is a cross between a Samoyed and a Siberian Husky.

Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs - The Siberian Husky

The Alaskan Husky

The Alaskan husky is a great companion dog as well as very alert. While the AKC of the US recognizes the Malamute and the Siberian Husky as purebreds, the Alaskan Husky is judged on the basis of its abilities, not its appearance. This husky breed vary in appearance.They are long legged, lean bodied, sport a deep chest with pointy ears and a tail curling over its back. These dogs generally have brown eyes. Weighing anywhere between 35 to 50 pounds, they are taller than the Siberian Husky carrying a wolf-like appearance. The Siberian or Malamute husky breeds are not as fast as the Alaskan Husky.

Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs - The Alaskan Husky

What are some husky cross-breeds?

The Eurohound is a cross between an Alaskan Husky and the English or German pointer. Quick-footed navigation and successes on the racing circuit make these less furry huskies breed a dog to contend with.

In addition to the Eurohound we find the Miniature Huskies breeds. These dogs look-like like a Siberian Husky but on a smaller scale. They have the same fiery, energetic, independent-minded temperament as Siberian Huskies. Mini Huskies were bred in the 1990s. These cute bundles of joy come from the Spitz family and are descendants of the original northern sled dog. Like other husky breeds, they have a strong prey instinct but are seemingly less active. They are very loyal and loving when it comes to caring for their families.

Types and Breeds of Husky Dogs - What are some husky cross-breeds?

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Frances Thurston
We are considering getting a Husky, but want a small one, but not too small.
Tom Kuhlman
Siberian Husky then, unless you live in the southern United States. Husky breeds in general are intolerant to the higher temps of the southern states and can EASILY OVERHEAT if not properly watched and taken care of!!!!!!

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