Crystal M asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

whats the difference in an Alaskan husky & a siberian?

wich one is prettier

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  • Phil W
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    1 decade ago
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    The Alaskan Husky is a mix of Sibe and another breed in their quest for a "better" sled dog. The second breed could be anything (almost) hence there is no way to describe it since it will look like it's mixed heritage. Even pups from the same litter can look completely different from each other.

    The Sibe is an AKC (and other real KC) recognized purebred. You may be thinking of the Alskan Malamute which looks like a Sibe somewhat but is larger. It is also a purebred.

    If the reason you have asked this question is because you are thinking about getting a Sibe, don’t get me wrong, the Siberian Husky is a great breed of dog, and I wouldn’t have anything else, BUT ask yourself, why do you want a Husky? Because of a couple of movies maybe? It doesn't sound as if you have done enough if any homework on the breed as is evident by your question. These are NOT "starter" dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They REQUIRE a very experienced owner!

    Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone. Yes, they are beautiful. Everybody loves them until they get one and find out how much work they really are. Then they wind up in a shelter or worse due to no fault of their own.

    They have many good points as well as bad.

    Some of the good points:

    1. They love all people of all ages.

    2. They love company.

    3. They are extremely intelligent.

    4. They are easygoing and forgiving.

    5. They are clean with little or no “doggy” smell. Some people who are allergic to other breeds can live with Huskies.

    6. They are generally quiet. They rarely bark except in playing, but will “talk”

    or howl like their wolf ancestors for no reason.

    7. They don’t require a lot of food. (get good fuel mileage)

    8. They are honest. Their body language and voice can be taken at face value

    9. They are not fussy eaters and will eat pretty much anything that doesn’t eat them first. But they do require a proper diet. (see # 6 below)

    10. They usually get along with other well adjusted canines but they will take up a challenge if offered.

    Some of the bad points:

    1. They love people …. any people. This is sometimes seen as a lack of loyalty.

    2. I do not believe that there is a type of dog that could be friendlier than a Husky. A Husky may alert you by his actions (running to a door or window etc) but he is not a watchdog by any stretch if the imagination. On the contrary, he will invite the bad guy in and show him where the good stuff is. And then help carry it out! It's in the breeding and I doubt that you can train them otherwise. Even if you abuse them (we have several that were very abused) they do not become mean ... they will just shy away from you. It's possible that they may (or may not) defend you against an attacker (more likely with an animal attacker). He very well may be a deterrent to someone looking to do bad stuff .... a “hungry wolf looking” dog looking back at them through the window ....

    3. They have a STRONG desire to run. This was bred into them over many hundreds of generations. It cannot be trained out of them in a few months of obedience classes. They MUST be kept in a secure area. And taken out in open areas on a leash. They are escape artists like a hairy Houdini. They have been known to jump or climb over 6 foot fences. If they can’t go over it they will go under it.

    4. They are extremely intelligent and mischievous. You have to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. Don’t laugh. It’s true, they are smarter than

    most people.

    5. They are too independent and strong willed to make it through obedience training. (see # 4 above). They will know and understand the command but if they don’t see the point in carrying it out they won’t.

    6. They are very keen and efficient hunter / killers.

    7. They must be kept occupied. A BORED HUSKY IS A DESTRUCTIVE HUSKY! (see # 10 on below)

    8. They shed. A LOT! Year round. Then twice a year or more they will “blow” their coats. This takes shedding to a whole new level.

    9. They dig …. A LOT! You could rent your yard to NASA to train astronauts on.

    10. They play ROUGH! Very rough. And they sometimes can draw blood. But it is still play.

    11. They need company, either human or canine and will be miserable without it. Though they can survive outdoors they really need to be inside with their “pack”……. YOU!

    12. They can live 12 to 14 years. Maybe longer. This is not a bad thing. But can YOU live with a 2 year old that long? That’s what it’s like with a Husky in your life.

    Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Know what you are getting yourself into. If you can't handle the challenge unfortunately it will be the Husky that pays the price.

    If you do decide that you can handle the challenge, go through a rescue group. DON'T go to a pet shop or a back yard breeder.

    25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

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  • Here are the differences, the Alaskan Husky is a mixed breed with Husky and many differen types of hound type breed, they look very houndy. They do not make good pets for the average person since they have an intense work ethic. The Siberian Husky is a recognized breed by reputable registries and again are not a pet for everyone. Some of the similarities between the two is they are bred to run and run fast and they love doing so. They can NEVER be trusted off leash. They need daily exercise and not just a romp around the yard. Both are lean built dogs, there is now a difference between many Sibes you see in the ring verses the purebred AKC Sibes you see heading out of a racing chute, even though there really shouldn't be. I show dogs from proven racing lines both sprint and distance and I compete all the time against short, stocky, fluffy, will never pull a sled show dogs. An Alaskan from proven lines is going to be just as or more expensive than a Siberian. I know a few mushers who have paid in excess of $5,000 for some of their Alaskans, but when you race a lot and your hitting the big purse races they are worth every penny. Both can be very pretty and with every breed you may have a homely looking dog, it's just a draw of the cards.

    Source(s): Owner, exhibitor, musher and rescuer of Siberian Huskies.
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  • 1 decade ago

    The Siberian husky is a purebred dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. It has a breed standard. Which pretty much means you'll know one when you see one.

    The Alaskan husky isn't an actual "breed" of dog so much as a "type" of dog. These are the dogs that are bred to race and are generally a mixture of Siberian Husky and other breeds such as German Shepherd and sometimes Collie, among others. There is no standard for appearance. They all look different and are bred based on their ability to race and what the musher prefers.

    The Alaskan Malamute is another purebred, AKC registered breed. It is larger than the Siberian and used to pull heavy loads short distances (vs the Siberian bred to pull lighter loads long distances).

    All of them are pretty dogs if you happen to be partial to the northern breeds.

    Source(s): 20 years with Siberian huskies, 6 years with Siberian rescue.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Siberian huskies are an established purebred dog.

    An Alaskan husky is not really a "breed" but rather, a type of working dog. They can vary in appearance. Some may have floppy ears, some may have erect ears, they may come in many colors and markings. They are bred specifically for their pull drive, endurance, and other traits to help them survive in cold temperatures, such as a thick coat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ok there is a big difference but I starred it for you so hopefully loki will answer this. She knows all about these two dogs.

    I personally after learning a little about them from her for my son like the Siberian. I know that they are also prettier in my opinion. I also think temperment wise they are better.

    There are Alaskan malamutes but if I remember correctly from loki's answer the alaskan husky is a mix bred dog. It is a mix with the siberian and the malamute.

    Hopefully she will answer your question she knows her huskies.

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  • They are both really beautiful dogs! I love Siberian Huskies! The difference is, Alaskan Huskies are usually somewhat larger than Siberian Huskies. Alaskan Huskies are usually leaner in build than Siberians. Siberian Huskies have blue and brown eyes, where as Alaskan Huskies have brown eyes! Here is some information and pictures of Alaskan Huskies!

    Here is some information and pictures of Siberian Huskies!

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are both beautiful and the information can be found on websites, pet store's books, or in libraries.


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  • 1 decade ago

    For one I don't think there is such thing as a Alaskan husky but..

    I like Alaskan Malamutes

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  • i can't decide. i think they're equally gorgeous. but i have a Malamute x, so i'm prejudiced.

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