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Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever" Compare Akita and Siberian Husky. Which is better: Akita or Siberian Husky or Golden Retriever?
Name Akita Siberian Husky Golden Retriever
OriginsJapan Russia Scotland
Group Working Dogs Sled Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank47123
Reviews122
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
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 1925 as a Sporting 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1200 $700-$1200 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever

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: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 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: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 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: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 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: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever

Coat Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight Fluffy Silky Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors Red Fawn White Black Brown Agouti White Gray Sable Red Black Golden Light
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Siberian Huskys shed above average.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective Alert Gentle Outgoing Friendly Intelligent Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Siberian Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
Siberian Huskys are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
The Golden Retriever 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.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
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 Golden Retriever 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.
Golden Retrievers have a strong 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.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Apartment Friendly
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
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.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes 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 Golden Retriever

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.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis Cataracts Corneal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
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.
Golden Retrievers 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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever 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 Siberian Husky is an average drooler.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Akita vs Siberian Husky vs Golden Retriever

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 5-10 puppies

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