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Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita" Compare Samoyed and Alaskan Husky. Which is better: Samoyed or Alaskan Husky or Akita?
Name Samoyed Alaskan Husky Akita
OriginsRussia United States Japan
Group Sled Dogs Sled Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank5749547
Reviews801
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Other Names Samoyedskaya, Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka, Nenetskaya Laika, Smiley, Sammy Husky (Alaskan) Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $1200-$1500 $1000-$1500 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 45-65 pounds (20.5-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-20.5 kg) Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (53-60 cm), Female: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21-23.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 20 inches (50.5 cm) 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Coat Dense Dense Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors Biscuit White Cream Gray White Blonde Orange Black Red Fawn White Black Brown
Grooming
Advanced: The Samoyed requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Alaskan Husky requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Samoyeds are heavy shedders.
Alaskan Huskys shed moderately.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Temperament Alert Friendly Playful Stubborn Lively Intelligent Sociable Agile Energetic Protective Alert Powerful Sensitive Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Samoyed's has great intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Samoyeds are easy to train.
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Samoyeds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Samoyeds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Samoyeds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Samoyeds are a social breed.
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Samoyed barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Samoyeds are good watchdogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Samoyeds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Samoyeds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Samoyed is strong enough to escape from home.
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Samoyeds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Samoyeds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Samoyeds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Samoyeds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Samoyeds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Samoyeds are average friendly towards cats.
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Samoyeds are dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Samoyed is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Samoyeds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Samoyeds are generally with other pets.
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Samoyeds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Alaskan Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Samoyed breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Health Issues
The Samoyed is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat Diabetes Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Pulmonic Stenosis Hyperthyroidism Laryngeal Paresis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Samoyeds are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Samoyeds need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Samoyeds don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Samoyed can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Samoyed is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler.
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Samoyed vs Alaskan Husky vs Akita

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-10 puppies 3-12 puppies

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