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

"Find similarities and differences between Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond" Compare Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute. Which is better: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute or Keeshond?
Name Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute Keeshond
OriginsRussia United States Germany Netherlands
Group Sled Dogs Sled Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank125987
Reviews220
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Other Names Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe Mal, Mally Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group 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 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group 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 Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition 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 No set
Price $700-$1200 $1200-$1500 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

Size Medium Large Medium
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) 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Avg. 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) 40 pounds (17.5 kg)
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: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. 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: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

Coat Fluffy Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant Fluffy Dense
Colors Agouti White Gray Sable Red Black Red Gray White Black Silver Gray Cream Black
Grooming
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Siberian Huskys shed above average.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Keeshonds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

Temperament Alert Gentle Outgoing Friendly Intelligent Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful Agile Obedient Quick Intelligent Bright Playful Sturdy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Siberian Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Siberian Huskys are easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Keeshonds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Keeshonds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Siberian Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Keeshonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Keeshonds are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Keeshonds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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.
Keeshonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
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.
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
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.
Keeshonds 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
Siberian Huskys are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
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.
Keeshonds 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.
Keeshonds 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

Stranger Friendly
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly 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
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
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.
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners 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.
No
Keeshonds 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.
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
Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Keeshond 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 - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

Health Issues
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 Keeshond is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Corneal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy No set
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Keeshonds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Keeshonds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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.
Prefers cold weather
The Keeshond can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Malamute vs Keeshond

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 4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies 3-8 puppies

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