When it comes to Huskies, the first dog breed that comes to your mind is the Siberian Husky. Of course, the Siberian Husky is the perfect example of Husky dog breeds, but did you know that there are more than twenty different types of Huskies?
Most paw lovers get confused thinking that there are no “types of Huskies”, but dogs like the Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Alaskan Klee Kai all show Husky properties. When you take a second look at these puppies, you see that they resemble the Siberian Husky.
These dogs are not different types of the Siberian Husky dog breed — they are completely different dog breeds. That said, today we are going to focus on Husky-like puppies that grab all the attention with their mesmerizing blue eyes, fluffy coats, and outgoing personalities!
If you are looking for different types of Huskies to own as pets, or simply browsing for cute Husky pictures, then you will have fun reading this article.
So, let’s not waste any more time! Let me introduce you to all types of Huskies!
Types Of Huskies That Grab All The Attention
One thing is for certain — each Husky-like dog is a sight to behold. Whether it is a mixed breed or a pure breed, the Husky-like dog has incredible physical features.
Besides appearance, different types of Husky dogs inherit different personalities. However, their core personality holds the independence, intelligence, and strong will of hard-working sled dogs.
Husky breeds will definitely leave you thinking “I really want one of these pups!”. But, you might have some trouble deciding on just one type of Husky!
Come on, our Husky journey is about to begin!
1. Siberian Husky
You can’t tell me that this dog isn’t perfect! The Siberian Husky is the ultimate sled dog that has its roots in the coldest parts of Siberia. Not only is this pooch beautiful, but its unique personality and athleticism have placed it on top of the most popular dog breeds list in the U.S.
The Chukchi people really knew how to enhance Siberian Husky’s physical and mental abilities, training it to become the perfect family pet, fearless guard dog, and an incredible sled dog.
As they grow, both male and female Huskies gain weight and grow pretty tall. Males reach around 60 pounds and stand up to 24 inches tall. In contrast to that, their female counterparts are somewhat smaller, reaching up to 50 pounds and standing between 21 and 22 inches tall.
Their triangular perky ears add to their attentive personality, while their muscular body shows how strong these sled dogs are. To find such a beautiful puppy, Siberian Husky breeders are the ones to turn to!
However, their thick double coats are what make aspiring Siberian Husky owners think twice before getting their new puppy. Huskies shed quite a lot, which is the only major concern when it comes to this dog breed.
2. Alaskan Malamute
Here we have a gentle giant that originates from, you guessed it, Alaska! The Alaskan Malamute is a total cutie. Not only is this dog the largest type of Huskies, but it is the closest breed to the Siberian Husky.
The Alaskan Malamute is one of those big fluffy dog breeds that you can’t keep your hands and eyes from.
When fully grown, the Alaskan Malamute’s size ranges from 23 to 26 inches. Not only are they pretty tall, but Alaskan Malamutes weigh quite a lot — from 75 to 85 pounds.
Heavy-boned and full of fluff, the Alaskan Malamute is a walking teddy bear dog. Reputable Alaskan Malamute breeders strive to preserve this wolfy breed by putting in extra effort to enhance its appearance and personality traits.
If you are looking for a wolf-like dog breed that has the personality of an affectionate domestic dog, then the Alaskan Malamute is a perfect choice.
The Alaskan Malamute keeps you occupied with its witty nature, while its kind demeanor never fails to put a smile on your face!
3. Alaskan Klee Kai
This purebred cutie looks pretty much like a miniature Siberian Husky. But, it is not!
Here’s some good news for future Klee Kai owners — these pooches come in three different sizes. I’m talking: toys, miniature, and standard Klee Kais. So, if you are looking for a Siberian Husky but don’t have enough room for one, you should consider the Alaskan Klee Kai.
• Toy Alaskan Klee Kais grow less than 13 inches and weigh 6 to 12 pounds.
• Miniature Alaskan Klee Kais grow 13 to 15 inches and weigh 10 to 18 pounds.
• Standard Alaskan Klee Kais grow 15 to 17.5 inches and weigh 16 to 25 pounds.
It has the same black and white coat color pattern as its Husky parent.
Alaskan Klee Kai’s beautiful eyes resemble the Siberian Husky breed. Brown eyes are also often seen in this small dog breed.
Alaskan Klee Kai dogs seem to have inherited the Husky’s howling abilities and its stubborn nature. On the other hand, these dogs are very intelligent and outgoing. Sometimes it seems that Alaskan Klee Kais understand each word their human friend is saying to them.
4. Alaskan Husky
If you think that we are talking about the Siberian Husky again, you are wrong! The Alaskan Husky is its cousin, and the two don’t share many physical traits.
Unlike previous dogs on our list, the Alaskan Husky is not a purebred dog because it was developed by breeders who crossed the Siberian Husky with speedy-dog breeds such as Greyhounds.
Generally, Alaskan Huskies weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, with males being bigger than females. They stand at 20 to 26 inches in height which makes them somewhat taller than Siberian Huskies.
The Alaskan Husky is a super-active pooch that requires physical activity all the time. If you are looking for a cuddle buddy, you should skip this crossbreed!
Being one of Alaskan Malamute mixes, the Alaskan Husky is a hard-working dog that needs mental stimulation and a place where it can show off its running and working skills.
5. Agouti Husky
Here is a purebred Siberian Husky with a unique coat color that makes it seem like it’s a whole ‘nother breed.
Its striking blue eyes and thick, wild-colored coat make the Agouti Husky look like a fierce wolf!
Medium-sized and well-built, the agouti Husky is a muscular dog that weighs up to 60 pounds. It is not much different than any other Siberian Husky.
A full-grown agouti Husky can reach up to 23 inches.
The thick coat of an agouti Husky adds to its wolfy appearance. The main characteristic of the agouti Husky is its unique coat color that features shades of sable, gray, black and white.
Agoutis are those blue-eyed dogs that everyone falls in love with. But, their eye color comes in brown, light brown, hazel, and green too!
The agouti Husky is a high-energy breed of dog that requires everyday exercise. Be careful because this mischievous fella can jump fences if he becomes bored!
6. White Husky
We’re back with another Siberian Husky but this time he is in his white suit! Yep, white Huskies are apparently so trendy that people mistake them for a whole different breed.
In reality, the white Husky is nothing more than a purebred Siberian Husky that happened to inherit a set of rare color genes.
The white Husky is a medium-sized dog that weighs the same as the Siberian Husky. Its pure white coat makes it look a bit bigger, but it is just lightning playing tricks on you!
The thing about the white Husky is that it has absolutely zero coat color patterns. It does not have any other color on its luscious coat except pure white. This is why people often mistake white Huskies for albino dogs.
Additionally, white Huskies often have blue to light blue/grayish eyes and adorable pink noses!
If you are looking for a great watchdog and a diligent working dog, then the white Husky will surely surprise you! As a high-energy dog, the white Husky needs all sorts of daily activities.
It is prone to destructive behavior in case you don’t provide it with enough mental stimulation and physical activity.
7. Azurian Husky
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The azurian Husky is rarer than the white Husky and it is very difficult to find this dog anywhere other than in Alaska and in some of the coldest parts of Russia.
It is so rare that many Husky lovers believe that it is a different breed. But, the azurian Husky is indeed a Siberian Husky that is covered in a unique blend of Arctic coat colors.
Reaching up to 23 inches and weighing between 40 to 60 pounds makes the azurian Husky a medium-sized dog.
Azurian Husky dogs can get pretty dramatic, just like other Huskies. While this is a rather funny behavior, it can lead to changes in behavior if the Husky is neglected.
These dogs are extremely intelligent and athletic. After all, they were bred as sled dogs! So, they need to work their muscles to be healthy and happy.
8. Miniature Husky
I am sure that this adorable pup will steal your heart! The miniature Husky is as sweet and goofy as the standard Husky, but its size makes it a favorable pet for aspiring dog owners who live in a small place!
The miniature Husky is a mini pooch that stands between 13 to 17 inches tall...I mean, short! It rarely weighs over 35 pounds, unless it is an obese miniature Husky.
With its compact size and adorable looks, the miniature Husky could proudly take its place on the list of cute teddy bear dogs!
Playful, outgoing, loud, and sometimes stubborn, the miniature Husky is a perfect companion dog to keep you entertained.
Not only is this little fella cute as heck, but it is so affectionate that it easily gets under your skin!
9. Wooly Husky
Meet the chunkiest of them all — the Wooly Husky is a fluff ball that is always ready to steal the show. Its mesmerizing blue eyes along with the fluffiest coat make the Wooly Husky a sight to behold.
The wooly Husky is the same breed as the Siberian Husky but only with a chunkier and thicker coat.
That said, the size of a wooly Husky is between 21 and 24 inches. They can weigh anywhere between 35 to 50 pounds. Maybe their thick coat adds up to their body weight!
The wooly Husky is a real stunner! Its thick coat which seems like it is made out of wool really makes this dog stand among the crowd.
Affectionate and alert, the wooly Husky will make sure to inform you whenever it hears something it finds strange. Some wooly Huskies like to sleep under the bed to protect their owners!
10. Brown Husky
If you’d like to, you can call this type of Husky a Chocolate Husky because its looks and personality are as sweet as chocolate! Brown Huskies are very rare and their appearance makes people wonder if dogs are related to bears!
The brown Husky is the same dog breed as the Siberian Husky. It is simply a Siberian Husky that is colored solid brown. That said, its size is the same as that of any other Husky.
It is a medium-sized pooch that weighs up to a maximum of 50 to 55 pounds, standing 24 inches tall.
You will notice a brown Husky by its brown, chocolate, thick coat that sheds a lot! You will also notice this dog thanks to its deep blue eyes that may also take on shades of green, hazel, and light brown.
Like any other Siberian Husky, the brown Husky tends to get overly dramatic. However, this is one of the most interesting and fun dog breeds to own.
Brown Huskies are all talk — they take every chance to say something. Some of these pooches even cry when carrying toys, just for the fun of it!
11. American Eskimo Dog
Let me tell you some news that you may find shocking — the American Eskimo dog did not actually originated in America, but it is still considered among the American dog breeds.
The American Eskimo dog is a versatile dog, from its size to its personality:
• While it is not one of those teacup dog breeds, the toy American Eskimo dog still weighs under 15 pounds.
• Mini-American Eskimo dogs are between 12 and 15 inches tall and weigh roughly between 12 and 21 pounds.
• Standard American Eskimo dogs weigh up to 40 pounds and reach around 19 inches in height.
Note that all three sizes of the American Eskimo dog are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) which is pretty cool!
The American Eskimo dog is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world! It is very affectionate and outgoing too, which makes it the perfect family pet.
12. Canadian Eskimo Dog
You may often see this dog’s name linked to the “Greenland dog” which is believed to be the same breed.
However, research shows that the Greenland dog and the Canadian Eskimo dog are two different breeds. But, they were both used as fearless bear-hunting and sled dogs.
Nowadays, the Canadian Eskimo dog is one of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.
Weighing 66–88 pounds, and standing at 23 to 28 inches tall, the Canadian Eskimo is a large breed of Husky dog that may look intimidating at first sight.
Fluffy, wolfy, and adorable — the Canadian Eskimo is hard not to notice. Its thick coat comes in shades of brown, white, black, and gray, with various patterns along the chest, muzzle, and saddle.
Canadian Eskimos have puffy and pointy ears that add to their wolf-like appearance. These dogs like to stick their tongues out which makes them look even more adorable!
The Canadian Eskimo is a hard-working dog that needs regular mental stimulation. These large dogs also require a good portion of daily exercise, as they are built to cover long distances.
Ah yes, the dog everyone mistakes for a white Husky! The Samoyed is white, but it is not the same breed as the Siberian Husky.
According to the Samoyed growth chart, this medium-sized dog does not grow more than 55 pounds.
As for its height, the Samoyed is between 19 and 23 inches tall.
Not only is the Samoyed fluffy and wolfy, but its appearance appeals to the American Kennel Club’s breed standards. Reputable Samoyed breeders did a great job in preserving this dog breed.
Many paw lovers will argue that Samoyeds are aggressive. However, these are some of the most outgoing pooches that you will ever meet!
Not only that, but Samoyeds are also extremely loyal and affectionate.
14. Akita Inu
Akita Inu is one of Japan’s favorite dog breeds. This large pooch resembles the Husky breed, but it is its distant cousin.
When fully grown, the Akita Inu weighs up to a whopping 130 pounds and can stand anywhere between 24 and 28 inches tall. Of course, female and male Akitas are different when it comes to size. Oh, and there is also the miniature Akita which is the cutest pup ever!
Akita colors are what makes this Japanese dog different from its American counterpart which we will mention next. Akita’s lovely thick coat is medium long, but there are also long-haired Akitas that are considered rare.
Akitas are not considered first-time owner-friendly dogs because they can be very dominant and stubborn.
Here’s a funny thing, the Akita Inu is somehow considered among the dumbest dog breeds. Do you agree with this? I sure don’t!
15. American Akita
American and Japanese Akitas are pretty different — from coat color to their overall appearance. But, both dogs are large breeds and share similar personality traits.
American Akitas stand from 26 to 28 inches tall and they can weigh over 110 pounds.
Their coats are thick and beautiful, but require a lot of maintenance since American Akitas are moderate shedders.
Same as with Japanese, American Akitas are not considered good pets for beginner owners because they are labeled as one of the most dangerous breeds. Once trained and socialized well, the American Akita makes a great watchdog and a loyal companion dog.
The majority of American Akitas can be found in North America where reputable breeders do their best to preserve this Husky-like breed.
16. German Spitz
Sassy and fluffy, the German Spitz belongs to some of the most adorable German dog breeds.
If you ever encountered a German Spitz then you know that this is a small dog breed with a big personality. The German Spitz does not grow more than 15 inches and if kept healthy, it weighs between 21 and 29 pounds.
The German Spitz is a type of Husky dog that shares similar features as its Siberian relative — pointy ears, fluffy neck scruff, and a curled-up, bushy tail.
In addition to its abundant coat colors (black, white, brown, cream), the German Spitz steals the show with its intelligence.
Now, I am not sure what the average IQ of this dog is, but the German Spitz is very teachable and trainable.
17. Japanese Spitz
Unlike German Spitz, the Japanese Spitz usually comes in pure white coat color. It looks so much like a miniature Samoyed, that people often confuse the two. But, the Japanese Spitz and the Samoyed are pretty different.
The Japanese Spitz belongs to the small fluffy dog breeds that weigh up to 30 pounds and reach only 16 inches.
This small companion dog is perfect for every family — the Japanese Spitz is loyal, obedient, cheerful, and outgoing. But, only if raised and socialized properly!
Unlike some Huskies that are relatively good with cats, your Japanese Spitz may not like the felines because of its high prey drive.
18. Sakhalin Husky
These dogs originate from Japan and they used to be very sought-after back in the day. But today the Sakhalin Husky breed is extinct.
Although medium-sized, Sakhalin Huskies were considered big guard dogs and working dogs that were very strict with strangers.
They were also considered expensive and people didn’t want to keep them anymore. That may not be the real reason, but records show that the last Sakhalin Husky died in 2012.
But, let’s not lose hope because other records show that there are some Japanese breeders who still manage to breed these beautiful Husky sled dogs!
Keeshond is a Dutch type of Husky dog that has lots of similarities to the purebred Siberian Husky; pointy ears, curled-up tail, wild eyes, a fluffy coat, and so on. But, it is much smaller than a Siberian Husky and comes in very different coat colors and patterns.
Keeshond dogs are compact pooches that fit into a 35-pound fluffy body that stretched up to 18 inches at withers.
Their outgoing nature, cheerfulness, and willingness to play make Keeshonds some of the best companion dogs out there.
Keeshond dogs are obedient and quick to learn a variety of tricks and commands.
20. Labrador Husky
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No, the Labrador Husky is not some of the Labrador Retriever mixes that we all love and want. In fact, the Labrador Husky may have some German Shepherd genes!
The Labrador Husky actually originates from Canada, more specifically, from the Labrador area.
Labrador Huskies are large and strong dogs that inherit an insane prey drive which makes them chase smaller animals and even children!
If you are thinking about getting a Labrador Husky, then make sure that you know how to show dominance to a dog. This dog needs a disciplined and strong-willed owner, or it will cause trouble once it grows up.
You want your Labrador Husky to know how to obey the rules and commands because it is a 100-pound dog that you can’t easily keep on a leash.
21. MacKenzie River Husky
MacKenzie River Huskies are crossbreeds native to Canada and Alaska. These large dogs look like Siberian Huskies, but they are bigger and heavier, probably because of Newfoundland dog genes.
A full-grown MacKenzie River Husky weighs up to 120 pounds and stands between 27 and 32 inches at withers.
They are pretty rare, so if you ever had a chance to spend some time with a MacKenzie River Husky, then you know that these Arctic dogs are something else!
When it comes to their temperament, the situation is pretty black and white — the MacKenzie River Husky is either going to be a complete drama queen, or it is going to be a puppy that can’t contain its zoomies.
Their unique personality, howling, barking, and vocalization is what makes us adore the MacKenzie River Husky.
22. Norwegian Elkhound
You’ve guessed it right, the Norwegian Elkhound is native to Norway. It is, in fact, considered the national dog of Norway.
The Norwegian Elkhound’s fluffy and thick coat protects it from harsh weather conditions while its pointy ears make it attentive and alert.
Its gray and silver coat colors make the Norwegian Elkhound look like an American Akita, but its bushy tail is similar to the Siberian Husky.
Besides its unique looks that put the Norwegian Elkhound on the coolest dog breeds list, the unique personality is what makes dog owners fall in love with this elk-hunting dog.
One of the most popular Husky mixes is the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian mix — the Pomsky!
You will fall in love with the compact size and various colors of the Pomsky, but what you will find most endearing is this crossbreed’s gentle and fun personality. If you are a fan of teacup breeds, then you will love the teacup Pomsky!
Pomskies are great family pets and adventure buddies that you can take just about everywhere! In addition to being responsive and ready to argue with its human, the Pomsky never misses a chance to cuddle!
This is a very healthy mixed breed – Pomsky’s lifespan is pretty long, up to 15 years!
24. Chinook Dog
Take a look at this unusual Husky-like dog. The Chinook dog originates from New Hampshire and it is believed to be a crossbreed between a good ol’ farm dog and a Siberian Husky.
Chinook dogs are some of the most unique pups that you will see. It is so rare that you might as well consider yourself lucky if you ever see a Chinook!
Even though this dog resembles Mastiff mixes, it is considered a type of Husky because of its breeding purpose. However, it does have Mastiff-type breeds in its bloodline.
This sled dog does not have the appearance of your everyday Husky dog, but it does have the energy, work ethic, and a strong prey drive.
Chinook dogs are active and outgoing dogs that need regular physical activity and mental stimulation. As to how often you should walk this dog, the answer is as many times as possible!
No, it is not a Wolf dog, but it sure resembles one! The Utonagan is often called the Northern Inuit dog.
Since the Utonagan is a result of crossing Siberian Husky, German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and possibly other wolf-like breeds, it is not recognized by the AKC or any other major kennel club.
The Utonagan inherits a beautiful, long thick coat that sheds quite heavily. Its colors come in grizzle, white, and black, with lots of wild markings and patterns.
Unlike the Siberian Husky, the Utonagan does not have a curled-up tail. Its tail looks more like the one we see in German Shepherds.
Unfortunately, the Utonagan is not one of the healthiest dog breeds because it inherits breed-specific health problems from its parent breeds. These include canine epilepsy, Addison’s disease, cataracts, hip, and elbow dysplasia.
These were all the magnificent types of Huskies that brought along some of that Siberian and Alaskan breeze.
We know that all of these beautiful dogs are hard to resist, but we want you to keep something very important in mind.
Each of these types of Huskies loves to hang out in cooler climates. So, if you live somewhere where it gets pretty hot, please think twice about owning any of these Arctic dog breeds. It is cruel to keep a sled dog in a tropical environment, don’t you agree?
Make sure to have enough time and space to provide for your new Husky puppy so it can live a happy and healthy life!
Good luck with choosing the perfect type of Husky dog!