10 Dogs That Looks Like Huskies

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 03/21/21 •  10 min read
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Everybody loves the Siberian Husky. With their happy faces, bushy tails and beautiful coat, this sled dog is a popular breed for families. They are full of personality, from their howling to their friendly demeanors.

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Have you wondered what other dog breeds look like the Siberian Husky? You will be surprised to find out that there are many other pooches that look similar to this big hound. So, let’s take a look at some other furry friends that are the most similar to the Siberian Husky!

1. Alaskan Malamute

The first one on our list is probably the most obvious; the Alaskan Malamute. These pups often are mistaken for Siberian Huskies as they can be difficult to tell apart. One thing to know is that their big furry coat does mean that they shed a lot. They actually shed more than Huskies do. So, this is something you should be prepared for. This is a powerful and strong pooch and this means that the Alaskan Malamute requires a strong owner. They are intelligent and love to have a job to do. For example, they can carry their own back pack when you go hiking.

Alaskan Malamutes do make good companions. But they do not like to be left alone. They are sensitive and do not deal well when their owner is at work all day. They perform well in dog sports such as weight pulling, sledding and even obedience training. Again, it is important to establish yourself as the leader of the pack from an early stage. They are powerful dogs and early socialization is also essential. This will mean they can make new furry friends. While they may be able to get along with a cat and other animals indoors, they do have a prey drive when they are off-leash outdoors.

2. Tamaskan Dog

The Tamaskan Dog; a wolf or a Husky? You can decide. We think this breed looks like a bit of both, with its Husky colors and wolf features. This is a breed that is rare and you may not have seen it before. In fact, you may not see it at all. But it is definitely a beautiful pooch if you spot one. The good thing about the Tamaskan Dog is that it looks like a Siberian Husky but it does not shed as much. This means you do not have to worry about hair being all over your home.

This pup requires a lot of exercise to be happy. In addition, mental stimulation can keep this canine relaxed and non-destructive. Due to their physical capabilities, they make great partners for popular dog sports. You can have a lot of fun with this breed and they are rewarding to have by your side.

3. Alaskan Klee Kai

If you like Huskies, you will love their smaller cousins. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a cute and energetic pup that is going to keep you on your toes.  They have very similar fur markings, which may mean that people mistake your Alaskan Klee Kai for a Husky puppy. They enjoy good amounts of exercise outside of the home and enjoy being kept busy. They are affectionate towards their family but they can become suspicious of strangers. This does make them good guard dogs to have around.

The Alaskan Klee Kai does shed often and this is something you will have to deal with. You should brush them around once a week. But they are good at keeping themselves clean. This canine has a long lifespan and they can live up to 20 years old when they are fit and healthy. Their fur means they can cope well with colder weather. If you have a yard, make sure that you have a good fence. They can become escape artists since they are intelligent.

If they are under stimulated, they may also try to find ways to entertain themselves. This could include trying to escape or being destructive in the house.

4. Utonagan Dog

Not only does this pup look similar to the Siberian Husky, but it actually looks like a wolf too. The creator of this breed, Edwina Harrison actually described the Utonagan Dog as a wolf hybrid. But it is important to realize that this pooch does not have any wolf bloodline. Instead, it is a mix between a Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd. Due to their background, they require a strong and experienced dog owner who knows how to lead. They are working dogs so they benefit from a job too.

You can expect the Utonagan Dog to be a fantastic companion for your home. They will need a lot of exercise and do not forget mental stimulation. They will love toys and learning new tricks in exchange for tasty treats.

If you do choose to bring a Utonagan Dog into your home, they are going to be rare to find in dog shelters. This breed is not recognized by any of the large dog organizations. It is essential to choose a reputable breeder that you trust and follows high standards. This is going to ensure the best for the dog and your family.

5. American Eskimo Dog

The next dog on our list that looks like a Husky is the American Eskimo Dog. This is a beautiful pooch with a striking white coat. They will be able to deal with winter climates and this Nordic pup also makes a good companion. It is said that the American Eskimo Dog is one of the most intelligent dog breeds around. This means that they thrive learning new tricks and skills. They are perfect partners for obedience competitions, as well as dog sports with their physical capabilities.

Did you know that American Eskimo Dogs were once used in the circus? This is due to their eagerness to please and perform. You will have to establish yourself as the pack leader and they will be happy to work for you. The one thing you will have to master is their barking. This can be a problem if they are not taught.

6. Akita 

Due to their build and size, the Akita is often mistaken for a Husky. This is a big and powerful breed that originated in Japan. In fact, they were used as guard dogs for royals. Due to their strength and instincts, they were also used for hunting large animals like boar and bears. This means that you can expect the Akita to be a great guardian for your home and family. They are bold and fearless; they do not back down easily.

But this does not mean you should be scared of the Akita. They are also very affectionate towards their pack and they will love being part of the family. They will respect you and when they have had enough training, they can socialize with other furry friends. The Akita can be a very talkative dog and they are known for their amusing sounds.

7. Samoyed

This beautiful pooch looks like an all-white version of a Siberian Husky. They are just as stunning to look at, as well as being sophisticated in how they walk. The Samoyed is a dog that was also originally bred for sledding, as well as hunting. They have even been known to herd reindeer and were a companion to Samoyed people in Siberia. Of course, their abundance of fluffy fur means they kept them warm during the cold winters.

The Samoyed is a good-natured pup and they love their humans. They are good with children and since they are intelligent, they respond well to positive training. They can be strong-willed at times. But with the right owner, this can be overcome. The heavy coat means that you can expect a lot of shedding during the spring. You will have to do a lot of brushing to keep their coat beautiful and this can be hard work for some people.

Don’t forget that the Samoyed has always had a job. They’re not a lap dog or a lazy pup; these pooches want to be active. So, make sure you go on hikes and play games with your Samoyed.

You can even give your dog a backpack and let them enjoy having a purpose on a walk! They’ll thank you for it.

8. Keeshond

You may not have heard about a Keeshond before. But this is an old dog breed that has been around for a long time. In fact, these wonderful pooches used to be a companion on boats along the canals in the Netherlands back in the 17th century. They are still around today and remain a lively and fun breed to have in your home. Indeed, they are popular as a pet in Holland. This pup is a medium-sized dog, which means you might be able to find the Keeshond easier to manage than a Husky.

The Dutch Barge Dog is an affectionate dog breed and this means they can be a good family pet with children. With socialization from a young age, Keeshonds can be good with other animals too. Their coat means they like the cold weather and they can adapt to this climate very well. While they will benefit from leisurely exercise, this pup is all about family. Since they were bred to be companions, they always want to be around their pack. They do not cope well with separation and this is something to consider if you have an active lifestyle outside of the home.

9. Finnish Spitz

Next up on the list is the Finnish Spitz. We like to think that they are smaller versions of a Husky. But do not be fooled, they have a huge personality! One thing this breed is known for; they can be very talkative. In fact, they are probably noisier than a Husky! They look to bark at everything but this can be a problem if they are not trained. Let’s not forget that this dog breed is the national dog of Finland. How cool is that?

This pooch was originally used as a hunting dog. In particular, they were good at hunting small game. Yet, these mighty canines have also hunted larger animals too, such as moose, bear and elk. In fact, this dog breed is not only referred to as a Husky but it also looks like a fox with their red coat and the way they move. Of course, this breed is known for their barking. They have actually won competitions for it. This means that you will have to train your pup, as your neighbors may become irritated by it after a while. They can be a very loyal pooch to have in your family household and they do have a protective side.

10. Saarloos Wolfdog

Does the Saarloos Wolfdog look like a Siberian Husky or a wolf? We will let you decide this one. You may find this pooch is also called the European Wolfdog or the Saarloos Wolfhound. It is not yet recognized by the Kennel Club and you may have never seen this furry canine at the dog park. Yet, this is a dog that makes a wonderful companion and a good family pet.

The Saarloos Wolfdog does require a lot of exercise. In fact, they are fantastic at canine sports that require stamina and speed. This includes canicross. So, make sure that you have time for some outdoor fun, whether it is running or hiking. They are very active and may become destructive if they do not receive enough exercise. Another thing to know is they have a high prey drive. This might mean they are not suitable for housing with smaller pets.

The good thing is that the Saarloos Wolfdog is very intelligent. This makes them easy to train. You do not have a lot of grooming to do but they do shed during the spring and fall just like the Siberian Huskies. They are a big dog, with a high up to 75 cm and a weight of 41 kg.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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