Puppy 101

Alaskan Husky and Siberian Husky—Knowing The Differences

How do Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies differ from each other? Each dog breed has visible differences and similarities. Some of them may be different in behavior, and others may look alike despite being of completely different types.

People oftentimes mistake Alaskan Huskies for  Siberian Huskies at first sight. However, when one looks closely and compares the two, differences can be spotted and here’s what we found out:

The History

Siberian Huskies originated from Siberia (stating the obvious!),  and have bee accompanied by the Chukchi people, a nomadic tribe. While Alaskan Huskies were bred because people back then were in need of a dog that can help them in their everyday work or chores. They wanted to have an intelligent, fast and strong companion that could assist them in pulling really heavy loads.  Alaskan Huskies are considered as a dog type and not an official breed yet by the American Kennel Club.

Comparison In Terms Of Appearance

Siberian Huskies can have varied eye colors. They could possess a pair of brown eyes, a combination of blue and brown eyes, a pair of blue ones. The head and the ears of the Siberian Huskies are smaller, and their eyes are closer  together.

Alaskan Huskies, as physical attributes have very long legs. They possess a lean body, pointed ears, a curly tail, and usually have a pair of brown eyes. They are bred only for their working ability and not for their appearance.

Comparison Based On  Abilities

Alaskan Huskies have great endurance tendencies that help them survive and go to farther places. They are bred to preserve energy and be warmed by it.  Furthermore, they are often preferred for races with longer distances while Siberian Huskies are preferred for races with short distances. In conclusion, Alaskan Huskies are faster than Siberian Huskies.

In Terms Of Personality And Behaviour

Siberian Huskies are intelligent, often stubborn, confident and independent.  However, they also tend to be escape artists and somehow always find ways to get loose and roam around.

Alaskan Huskies are a typically gentle type of dogs and make great playmates for children. But their instinct to hunt may cause them to bother other pets at home. By nature, Alaskan Huskies are docile and friendly in general. But like the Siberian Huskies, they easily become bored and can also be destructive.

Life Span

The average lifespan on an Alaskan Husky varies between 12 and 15 years, while Siberian Huskies cut an average of 12 to 14 years.

Dog Coats

Alaskan Huskies’ coats come in short lengths or a maximum of medium lengths while Siberian Huskies have a really thick and long coat that comes in handy for surviving the great arctic cold

Weight Comparison

The average Alaskan Husky weighs about 35 to 48 lbs (for females) and 40 to 60 lbs (for males).They are also taller. Siberian Huskies, on the other hand, may weigh about 35 to 50 lbs (for females) and  45 to 60 lbs (for males.)

Differences will always be present in these two seemingly similar creatures, they are just difficult to notice. However, now you’ll be able to identify the differences whenever you come across any of these loveable dog types.