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

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute" Compare Akita and Siberian Husky. Which is better: Akita or Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute?
Name Akita Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute
OriginsJapan Russia United States
Group Working Dogs Sled Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank471259
Reviews343
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe Mal, Mally
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed.
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. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
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.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United 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
Price $800-$1200 $700-$1200 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

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

Characteristics - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Temperament Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Alert
Gentle
Outgoing
Friendly
Intelligent
Affectionate
Dignified
Loyal
Devoted
Friendly
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Siberian Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Siberian Huskys are hard to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Siberian Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Siberian Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Malamutes have an 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.
Siberian Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Alaskan Malamutes 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.
Siberian Huskys have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Malamutes 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
Siberian Huskys 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.
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
Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute 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 Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Health Issues
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Siberian Husky 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.
Health Problems Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Cataracts
Corneal Dystrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Hemeralopia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
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 Siberian Husky 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low 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 Siberian Husky is an average drooler.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

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 4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies

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Reviews

  • Asinead

    Jul 16, 2019, 4:15:25 AM:

    As a Siberian husky owner of 4 sibes who’s fostered Akitas this is a very inaccurate comparison.