Huskies are gorgeous, lively and affectionate companions. A lot of families adopt them due to their soft coats as well as their cool eye color, charming nature, and humorous character.

When we refer to "Husky" we typically refer to the Siberian Husky. There are however several different breeds of Huskies. We are going to look at the various Husky breeds.




How many different breeds of Huskies are out there?

The only breed that is recognized as Husky by American Kennel Club that is named Husky is called the Siberian Husky. But, many other kinds that are Northern breeds are known as "Husky". There are 22 distinct breeds similar to Husky breeds. Let's explore them all in depth!

Siberian Husky

This is the "original Husky". Siberian Huskies were originally developed to be Sled dogs. They are extremely endurance-based and are truly athletes. Although Huskies are mostly famous for their the sled race, they also were part of the United States Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II as well!


Siberian Huskies are medium-sized dogs, which grow to around 35-55 kilograms and 20-24 inches high. They require a lot of physical exercise as well as mental stimulation to be a non-destructive dog. Many owners are shocked by the amount of hair their Huskies shed. If you're considering purchasing the Husky be prepared to clean him daily and give him physical exercise every day.


Huskies are extremely affectionate outgoing, vocal and friendly dogs. When properly treated they're gentle and will not bite. They're not the ideal pet for a first-time owner because of their need for stimulation and stimulation.

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is the big relative to Siberian Husky. Siberian Husky. Although they look very like them, they are much bigger. Males can grow to 95 pounds and reach as high as 26 inches.




Alaskan Malamutes are one of the oldest breeds of sled dog. They are wolves' direct descendents and were first created as late as 2000 to 3000 years ago. They are known by their namesake "Malamute" is derived from the tribe that first created this breed called the Mahlemut.


Malamutes were used in any sort of task that was needed such as hunting and towing, securing property, and providing warmness to owners. They were (and were and are) extremely "wolf-like" dogs. According to legend, the Mahlemuts were known to tie females during the season with trees within the forest to ensure that wild wolves could mate with them and increase the percentage of wolves of their blood.


In 1935, the American Kennel Club accepted the Malamute as an official breed. These days, they're not utilized in their original purposes no longer. They can retrain an individual nature from their wolf background. This quality is passed on to the next generation when the dog crosses with other breeds too, such for instance, when creating"the" King Shepherd.


This kind of Husky is not a great option for dog owners who are just starting out. It requires plenty of space as well as experience to care for and raise an Malamute correctly.

American Klee Klai

It is believed that the Alaskan Malamute is a giant Husky The Klee Klai is a tiny form of Husky!




Similar to other Husky breeds, the source of this breed can be traced to Alaska. Klee Klais once were larger than they are now and helped their owners in a variety of places. Sleds were pulled, they defended the property, and playing tracker were just a few of their duties.


In the 1970s the breeding program in the USA began to pair selectively with lighter and smaller Husky-type dogs. The idea was to produce the companion dog that looked similar to an Husky but is smaller and has a more manageable requirements for exercise.


It is the American Klee Klai truly is a small dog , just 15-22 pounds, and standing fifteen to seventeen inches in height. These dogs are fantastic for those who wish to own a Husky dog but aren't sure whether they are able to keep up with the physical demands of the Siberian Husky.


Even though they're small, these canines are extremely athletic and intelligent. They excel in dog-related games like agility or nosework.


The Chinook might not be as similar to other breeds of Huskies however, he's also a sled dog! Many of the dogs in our list sport the curled tail, prickly ears along with plush coats and facial characteristics. The Chinook might, however, make you think more of an Labrador rather than the Husky!




They are big dogs that stand between 22-26 inches tall and weighting 55-90 pounds. Although they were acknowledged as a breed by AKC in 2013 however, this breed is highly uncommon - currently it has ranking 190 of the 197 breeds registered with American Kennel Club.

Chinooks were created in the late 1900s through crossing Mastiff breed Chinooks and Huskies. Their origins? New Hampshire! The official dog breed of the US state.

Chinooks are extremely friendly canines. They generally get along with humans and dogs alike. They are individuals and require a trained and knowledgeable trainer.

Chinooks, like the other types of Husky require a lot of training to ensure that they don't become destructive or develop issues with their behavior.

American Eskimo Dog (Standard)

Another dog that is small that we have on our list is The American Eskimo, is one of the most well-known kind of Husky pet.




In contrast to Klee Klai, American Eskimos are pure white and don't feature any black markings. They are also larger than Standard-sized dogs. The dogs weigh between 18 and 35 pounds, and are at 15 to 20 inches tall.


American Eskimos originated in Germany and gained popularity as friendly and intelligent companion dogs throughout the world. They are extremely clever and are attached to their owners.


For pet owners seeking a smaller dog that resembles a Husky There is also this Miniature as well as the Toy variation of an American Eskimo:


American Eskimo Dog (Mini & Toy)

Like many breeds of dogs (such as Poodles, Goldendoodles or Schnauzers) The American Eskimo comes in different sizes.




Following the time that the original American Eskimo was developed, certain breeders continued to pair with smaller or smaller breeds. The result was Miniature as well as the Toy American Eskimo Dog. The tiny Huskies can be as tiny as 12-15 inches (Mini) or 9-12 inches (Toy).


They are extremely friendly dogs that require less exercise than other breeds of Husky. This makes them very well-suited for dogs that live in urban dwellers and large cities.


Mini as well as Toy American Eskimos are very clever and eager to learn new tricks. They are happy to train with you throughout the day. Due to their tiny dimensions, they shed less than large Huskies.

White Husky

White Siberian Husky is the most rare color of Husky. Although most lighter-colored Huskies have brown or Black markings on their bodies, a white Husky is completely colorless, and only white.




They almost always have blue eyes. They aren't albinos. In addition to their unusual appearance, their behavior is the same as every other Husky.

A few owners buy white Huskies due to their popularity. Avoid this! A white Husky isn't "just a pretty dog" It is a work dog who requires exercises, training, and enrichment all the time.

The lighter-colored dogs shed more frequently than darker-colored dogs, so when you have white Husky prepare to do a lot of vacuuming and brushing.

These dogs are difficult to find and can be more expensive than Huskies with standard markings.



The Samoyed might look similar to the white Husky but it is distinct from the Husky breed. The medium-sized dogs measure around 21 inches tall and weigh 34 to 55 pounds.




They originate originally from Asia as well as Siberia. The ancestors of today's Samoyed were once employed to hunt for reindeer. Later, they functioned as a herding animal for reindeer that had been domesticated, as well as sled dogs.


Like all kinds of Huskies, Samoyeds are very affectionate and joyful dogs. Because of their extremely long coats, they do not thrive in hot weather and can't be left out in the summer.


Samoyeds typically have brown eyes and black noses as a way of distinguishing them from Siberian Huskies with white eyes. Although blue eyes can be seen sometimes, they are not permitted in the show rings.


Agouti Husky




It is basically an opposite to The White Husky - exceptionally dark-colored. They have a wolf-like appearance. This coloring is not common in show lines and typically used in racing sled dogs lines.


Alaskan Husky

The Alaskan Husky is the brother of the Siberian Husky. Although it is not yet acknowledged by the AKC the "unofficial" breed is a mixture of several working dogs.




Siberian Huskies are crossed with high-speed and high-endurance breeds in order to make top-quality sled dogs. Breeds that are used to breed the Alaskan Huskies are for example:


Alaskan Malamute

Their looks may vary greatly according to the unique mixture of each dog. Short-coated or long-coated with a range of colors This kind of Husky is not a breed with a particular breed standard.




Alaskan Huskies aren't the best pets. They make great companions for those searching for a dog that you can take on a hike or run.


For families that do not take part in sports or other activities however, dogs can become extremely destructive and unruly. They are athletes, and will require an regimen of exercise!


Sakhalin Husky

It is believed that the Sakhalin Husky (also known as Karafuto Ken) is a rare kind of sled dog that originated from Japan. They were dogs specifically bred for the purpose first and foremost, and are unrecognized by major Kennel club.




The Sakhalin Husky was famous after an group of Japanese researchers was removed from Antartica in the year 1958. They carried a team of 15 sled dogs along with them. They believed that the dogs would be saved soon they were left on their own, tying them together with water and food. However, once a massive storm came in, no one has ever appeared to take charge for the animals.


They were thought to be dead, however the following year, new studies came in and revealed Two of Sakhalin Huskies were miraculously able to survive.


A few breeders with this kind of dog are left in Japan The exact amount of breeds of Husky is not known.


You're unlikely to come across the Sakhalin Husky!

Labrador Husky

The name given to this kind of Husky is confusing. Many people believe it is an amalgamation of the Siberian Husky and a Labrador Retriever. Actually Labrador Husky is a breed of dog. Labrador Husky can be described as a breed of Husky that came from a region in Canada known as Labrador.




This breed first created in the early 1300s. Many other breeds were in the past included in the genetic pool for example, Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. Labrador Huskies are large dogs that can attain up to 100 pounds.

They're generally friendly however, they require a lot of exercise. Labrador Huskies possess a strong prey drive that makes them not suitable for households with pets or extremely small dogs.


Akita Inu

Akita is a Japanese breed. Japanese Akita is an ancestor of dogs that were employed for various tasks since the 1600s. From hunting bears, to protecting homes, to taking part during dog fights. The type of Husky was a sought-after pet throughout the centuries.




Nowadays, the Japanese Akita is becoming less popular. They are extremely tall dogs that stand at 24 to 28 inches and weighing between 75 and 120 pounds. If you don't have a huge home and have experience managing independent Northern breeds it is not the breed you should be looking for.

American Akita

Akitas are the American Akita has become more popular throughout North America today. The dogs are larger than the Japanese counterparts, measuring between 23 and 27 inches in height , and the weight range of 50-90 pounds.





The American Kennel Club currently recognizes the American Akita and the Japanese Akita as two breeds of the same breed. However, a number of breeders are pushing to be split by two breeds.

American Akitas are often dominant dogs, and have an inclination to get involved in fights with other dogs.

They can be challenging to teach, particularly for those who are new dog owners. American Akita are well-known guard dogs that can protect your home from danger.



The Keeshond is similar to the Samoyed Both are of the type of Spitz. The breed is particularly well-known in the country of its origin of Holland.




Contrary to the other Northern breeds The Keeshond is very adept at training. They are incredibly loyal to the owners they love and are able to excel at many different sports like competition obedience or agility.

Keeshonden (this can be the proper word of the word in Dutch) are medium-sized dogs that measure 17-18 inches of height and about 35 pounds, they're one of the smaller breeds of Husky.

A Keeshond will be extremely attached to the owner, and will not be able to cope with being left alone for long durations. If you are often in a different location it is not the pet for you.Norwegian Elkhound

The breed was developed and was bred in Norway in Norway, where it was utilized to aid in hunting moose. Additionally, these tough and courageous dogs were able to guard the property, protect their owners, and even herd livestock.

These days, Norwegian Elkounds are popular dog breeds that are loved by families and friends. The ability they have to pursue large game doesn't mean that they aren't friendly - actually, they are quite friendly. They are very friendly with other dogs and owners, and require less physical exercise in comparison to Northern breeds like Husky. Husky.


(Though every dog requires daily exercise and stimulation!)


Eklhounds are extremely independent and can be a challenge to owners who haven't worked on a pure breed before. With their loud barks, they are great watchdogs.



An interbreeding between Siberian Husky and the German Shepherd The Shepsky is a breed of shepherd which, although is not known by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.




At between 20" to 24" tall at the shoulder The Shepsky is about identical to that of the Siberian Husky but may appear larger if they've taken on the tougher structure from the German Shepherd.

Also called known as the Gerberian Shepsky, these dogs differ from the majority of crossbreeds especially in terms of the temperament. Some can show the dedication and intelligence of German Shepherds. German Shepherd while others may look like their Husky parents more closely, due to their affectionate, yet independent manner of living.

Whatever traits you think the Shepsky exhibits there is one thing that is undisputed that there will be lots of shed and hair around your home. The dogs "seem to take pride in leaving a layer of fur on everything they touch," which is why they're not suitable for people who suffer from allergies or who are hesitant about chores at home.

Though intelligent and loyal, Shepskys are athletic animals that require plenty of exercise and stimulation. If they aren't getting enough, they can cause significant damage to shoes, furniture and everything else they could take a bite out of.

Although it isn't the ideal choice for the first time owner Although not ideal for a first-time owner, the Shepsky can easily fit into life with a family, particularly one that is large enough with the capacity to take on their energetic and spirited behavior.


MacKenzie River Husky

The ambiguous background that led to the MacKenzie River Husky have produced different opinions as to whether it's a kind of dog or breed. Although it is not recognised by the AKC however, the MacKenzie differs from Siberian Husky in both build and coat.




It's believed that the MacKenzie River Husky can be a breed of freight husky that first emerged under the arctic circle about century ago. Freight huskies were employed with small numbers, dragging massive loads over treacherous terrains and in deep snow, while relying on the petty food sources.


Similar to the original, though now extinct freight husky the real MacKenzie River Husky has a size much larger than its Siberian counterpart, measuring from 27" to 32" at the shoulder and weighting up to 90 pounds. They are similar to wolves in many ways - their posture and gait are like that of the wolf, as well as their method of social bonding.

The most prominent breeders in the modern age from the MacKenzie River Husky, Donna Dowling believes that this breed is similar to the long-haired merqujog dog, which is bred by Central Inuit. It is believed that the MacKenzie can also be distinguished by its distinct coat that is smooth to the touch. It typically has a mane wrapped around the shoulders and neck of the dog and also feathers along their legs.

While trustworthy and willing to do its job However, the MacKenzie River Husky's independence and sometimes dominant nature can make it unsuitable for novice owners.


Canadian Eskimo Dog

It is the Canadian Eskimo Dog, also called Qimmiq or Exquimaux Husky, is a medium-sized, work-oriented breed of dog that is derived from dogs that were used by Thule people Thule people around 1,000 to 4000 years ago.




Canada's Eskimo Dog employed to hunt polar bears as well as haul sleds up to 176 pounds. The advent of snowmobiles had an enormous impact on the breed. When coupled with a government program that saw thousands of dogs killed for security and health reasons at the beginning of the Seventies the breed was almost disappearing.

A revitalization program helped save the breed from extinction The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is now home to around 300 Canadian Eskimo Dogs on its books.

With the distinctive design of the Spitz and the distinctive appearance of the Spitz, with the distinctive appearance of the Spitz, Exquimaux Husky has a powerful physique and impressive look. Males are from 22" to 28" tall at the shoulders and weigh as much as 88.5 pounds, while females are smaller and weigh a mere 66 pounds as well as the size of 24" tall.

While there is evidence that CKC recognises it, it states the fact that "this is a primitive working breed that cannot be thought of as a domestic pet." However the Qimmiq is a warm and loving and is a wonderful pet for owners with experience. It is not a good choice for living in apartments These dogs require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation in order to ensure they aren't disoriented or destructive.



As with most Huskies like them, the Utonagan is a lot like a wolf with its thick, long coat. It is not a surprise that it was created with that exact goal in the back of their minds. The name itself is actually derived by it being the Chinook Indian word for 'spirit of the Wolf.'




A cross between Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky, the Utonagan is a puppy breed that was born in the late 1980s. It is believed that the original creator of the breed, Edwina Harrison, crossed the Utonagan with the intention of making a dog which would be wolf-like, but it would be easy to train and able to work with families.

 The Utonagan is unique in many ways unlike other Huskies is gentle, well-balanced temperament that allows it to adjust well to the demands of family living and excel in the family environment. However, they are active dogs who require plenty of exercise. They also exhibit an independent spirit that's common to Huskies.

Though it was never designed to hunt or pull sleds but the Utonagan excels in physically as well as mentally demanding tasks, and is bursting with the same energy that its predecessors have. With a height of up to thirty" in the shoulders and weighing as high as 110 pounds The Utonagan is a giant over other breeds like the Alaskan Malamute, but is friendly and relaxed to its owners.

Pomeranian Husky

On the opposite end of the scale from the huge Utonagan can be one of the smallest breeds of Husky which is the Pomeranian. Like its name suggests this 18" fluffy ball is an amalgamation of two breeds of Husky: the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian (or an even smaller Teacup Pomeranian).




Also called The Pomsky, this small Husky exhibits several of the characteristics of its bigger cousins. It is a lively and intelligent dog with an inquisitive streak that may cause the tendency to be stubborn. The early introduction to socialization can reduce this behavior and help to control their prey drive and natural aggression.

Despite their strong will, Pomeranian Huskies aregenerally very affectionate and friendly and can make great pets for families that give them plenty of exercise and attention.

With their thick, long coats, the Pomeranian Huskies are all year round shedders and require frequent brushing. They arehowever fun dogs that are able to make you laugh by their hilarious antics.

It is the Pomerania Husky is one of the most modern breeds of Husky which was born in the year 2009. First litters of Pomskies was born in 2012, but by the year 2017 they were regarded as the most sought-after designer dog around the globe. Many of the most sought-after breeds in the breed are merle colored.


Hug Dog

A bit bigger in size than the more popular Pomeranian Husky A little larger than the Pomeranian Husky, the Hug is a cross between the Siberian Husky and an Pug. The result is a loving and smart tiny breed that is at between the ages of sixteen" and 22" tall and weighs in the neighborhood of 45 lbs.




Much like the Pomsky like the Pomsky, a Hug can easily adapt to the demands of family life as well as apartment living however, he'll require regular exercise. While sharing the Siberian Husky's temperamental streak however, the Hug is smart and quick to grasp.

Hugs are prone to differ in their appearance, with some having the short muzzle and flattened appearance and erect ears of the Pug and some sporting the blue eyes and straight ears that are characteristic of the Husky. No matter what the appearance of their dogs, Hugs are generally friendly and non-aggressive dogs who want to please and are eager to be admired.

Some of the more pug-like Hugs can be found spending their time in sofas. sofa and you might need to lure your Hug to join in a game with special treats or toys. Some, however, exhibit more Husky-like traits, and are extremely active and require a lot of physical activity.

While the Hug might be easier to manage than other Husky breeds, it requires puppy training early to keep destructive and unwanted behaviour from occurring.


What is the most rare Husky breed? Husky?

The most rare type in the breed of Husky can be described as the Sakhalin Husky. There are a few dogs left of this breed. Although experts aren't certain the exact number however, they estimate that there are currently only 50 Sakhalin Huskies in the world.


Due to the limited breeding population and their restricted usage in sled dogs nowadays there is no expectation to see the dog breed increase significantly in the coming decade.


What is the most desirable Husky breed?

What kind of Husky is suitable for you depends upon your personal preferences, experience in training and your ability to train your Husky.


Before you decide on the Husky breed, think about these questions:


Have you ever owned or worked with the Northern breed previously?

Are you prepared to face the rigors of shedding particularly during the seasonal change?

What do you intend to do with your dog? (sled agility, dog racing or obedience, running or even as a pet companion)?

Do you own a huge area that is fenced in?

Do you require your dog to be sociable with other animals and with humans?

Do you have cats ? Or tiny dogs?

If you're looking for an effective guard dog Akita is a great choice. Akita is a good option.


If you're the first pet owner, choose a dog that is easy to train. Husky like the American Eskimo as well as Keeshond.


Do you plan to compete in sled dog race events or going on long runs? An Arctic Husky (or Siberian) Husky is the best breed of Husky for you.


When choosing a breed of dog, you should consider whether you're able to commit to ensuring and satisfying your pet's needs throughout the course of his entire life!



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