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

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky" Compare Akita and Alaskan Malamute. Which is better: Akita or Alaskan Malamute or Alaskan Husky?
Name Akita Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Husky
OriginsJapan United States United States
Group Working Dogs Sled Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank4759495
Reviews332
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Mal, Mally Husky (Alaskan)
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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
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.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $800-$1200 $1200-$1500 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Coat Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Dense
Rough
Thick
Weather-resistant
Dense
Colors Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Red
Gray
White
Black
Gray
White
Blonde
Orange
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Alaskan Husky requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Alaskan Huskys shed moderately.

Characteristics - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Temperament Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Affectionate
Dignified
Loyal
Devoted
Friendly
Playful
Agile
Energetic
Protective
Alert
Powerful
Sensitive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Malamutes 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Alaskan Malamutes 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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Alaskan Huskys 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
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Husky 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 - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Health Issues
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Alaskan Malamute 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.
Health Problems Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Hemeralopia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Hyperthyroidism
Laryngeal Paresis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

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 3-12 puppies 4-10 puppies 4-10 puppies

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