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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Chuksha or Mally or Little Blue Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute Australian Shepherd
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Group Sled Dogs Sled Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Chuksha
Husky
Icee
Sibe
Chukcha
Mally
Mal
Little Blue Dog
Aussie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Size and Weight Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Medium Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Alaskan Malamute? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd weight comparison:
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) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
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) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd height comparison:
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) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
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) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm)

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$700-$1200 $1200-$1500 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Very frequent: The Siberian Husky is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Alaskan Malamute is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Australian Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Trainability and Intelligence Comparison

Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Smart: The Australian Shepherd dogs have great intelligence.
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Trainability
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd trainability comparison.
Siberian Husky dogs are hard to train.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs are easy to train.
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Australian Shepherd dogs are very easy to train.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Siberian Husky dogs are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Australian Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Siberian Husky dogs can't provide protection for their territory.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Australian Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Personality and Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Intelligent
Friendly
Outgoing
Gentle
Playful
Dignified
Friendly
Affectionate
Loyal
Devoted
Active
Loving
Protective
Intelligent
Friendly
Affectionate
Good-natured
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Australian Shepherd dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?
High: Siberian Husky dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average: Alaskan Malamute dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
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Average to High: Australian Shepherd dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
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Social Needs
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd social needs comparison:
Siberian Husky dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs are a social breed.
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Australian Shepherd dogs are a social breed.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Siberian Husky dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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Australian Shepherd dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Siberian Husky dogs 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.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Australian Shepherd dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Activity and Playfulness Comparison

Playfulness
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd playfulness comparison:
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
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The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
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The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
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Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
It is not recommended to keep the Siberian Husky breed in the home.
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Alaskan Malamute breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Australian Shepherd indoors.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Adaptability and Independence Comparison

Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Siberian Husky dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Average: Alaskan Malamute dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Australian Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Alaskan Malamute dogs 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.
Australian Shepherd dogs 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.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Bite Characteristics Comparison

Bite Force PSI
Which bite is stronger: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Siberian Husky bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Alaskan Malamute bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Australian Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Siberian Husky dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Australian Shepherd dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Health and Lifespan Comparison

Health Issues
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?
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.
The Australian Shepherd 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: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd health problems comparison:
Cataracts
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Corneal Dystrophy
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Chondrodysplasia
Hemeralopia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Cancer
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Epilepsy
Deafness
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Distichiasis
Collie Eye Anomaly
Detached Retina
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Siberian Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Alaskan Malamute should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Australian Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and Australian Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Siberian Husky: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Alaskan Malamute: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Australian Shepherd: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?
Prefers cold weather
The Siberian Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Energy and Activity Comparison

Energy Level
Who has more energy a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd energy level comparison:
Siberian Husky dogs are high-energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamute dogs are high-energy dogs.
Australian Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Siberian Husky dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Malamute dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Australian Shepherd dogs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Siberian Husky dogs don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamute dogs don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Diet and Weight Management Comparison

Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
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. 1.5 to 2.5 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? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average: The Siberian Husky has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Alaskan Malamute has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Allergies and Grooming Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd coat comparison:
Fluffy Dense
Rough
Thick
Weather-resistant
Feathered
Colors
What are the original Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and Australian Shepherd color?
Black
Gray
Red
White
Sable
Agouti
Black
Gray
Red
White
Black
Red
Blue
Merle
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd grooming comparison:
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or {name3 shedding:
Siberian Husky dogs shed above average.
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Alaskan Malamute dogs are heavy shedders.
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Australian Shepherd dogs shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Hypoallergenic
Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?

Low 🔽

The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler.
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The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Good With Comparison

Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Siberian Husky dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Malamute dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Australian Shepherd dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
Siberian Husky dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Malamute dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherd dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Siberian Husky dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamute dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Siberian Husky dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamute dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd?
Siberian Husky dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamute dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?
No
Siberian Husky dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Alaskan Malamute dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Australian Shepherd dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Australian Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd?

Not really

Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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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.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute and Australian Shepherd have?
4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Australian Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America

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