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Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Comparison - Dog breed selector: Malinois or Alsatian or Chukcha? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky" Compare Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd. Which is better: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Name Belgian Malinois German Shepherd Siberian Husky
OriginsBelgium Germany Russia
Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank44212
Reviews2124
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Malinois Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
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
Which is cheaper, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Which is more expensive?
No data available $800-$2000 $700-$1200
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Very frequent

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky size comparison:
Large Large Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or German Shepherd? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky weight comparison:
Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky height comparison:
Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky coat comparison:
Weather-resistant
Straight
Fuzzy Fluffy
Colors
What are the original Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky color?
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Agouti
White
Gray
Sable
Red
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky grooming comparison:
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or {name3 shedding:
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Siberian Huskys shed above average.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely.
8-12 weeks
Very rarely.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Alert
Gentle
Outgoing
Friendly
Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky intelligence:
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Siberian Husky.
Trainability
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky trainability comparison.
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Siberian Huskys are hard to train.
Playfulness
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky playfulness comparison:
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
German Shepherds 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.
Social Needs
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky social needs comparison:
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky mouthiness comparison:
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Siberian Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
German Shepherds 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.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Nem a legjobb választás Belgian Malinois, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Belgian Malinois tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás German Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható German Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Siberian Husky kutyafajtát.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Which dog is more friendly?
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shepherds 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.
Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Which is better for autism?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?
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.
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.
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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
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.
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a 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.

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky health comparison. Which is the healthier: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky health problems comparison:
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Cataracts
Corneal Dystrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Belgian Malinois should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Siberian Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky lifespan comparison. How long do Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years 10-13 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky energy level comparison:
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd or Siberian Husky?
2 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. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Siberian Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky?
Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler.

Belgian Malinois vs German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd and Siberian Husky have?
6-10 puppies 6-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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