Huskies are the standout model dogs in your neighborhood. They have stunning eyes, unique coat markings, and so much personality. But they’re not the only beauties that can show off.
In fact, there are 13 other breeds that look like huskies (in some fashion).
Unsurprisingly, a lot of these are arctic or sled dog breeds. Which makes sense. If you needed a companion out in the snowy wilderness you would look for some specific traits.
Just remember: most of these are working breeds. That means they need a lot of exercise and stimulation, otherwise they get bored and very destructive.
Maybe wolves are more to your taste – in that case see our guide on dogs that look like wolves.
Let’s start with the most obvious similarity: the Alaskan Malamute. The Malamute is taller and heavier than a husky. And quite a bit more muscular.
Both the husky and malamute were bred for pulling in harsh arctic conditions. However, the Malamute was designed for heavier loads over longer periods of time, hence the extra muscle.
Malamute owners will often tell you about their stubbornness. These dogs require a lot of training and patience to fit into your typical family.
These are a working breed, and if they don’t have a daily outlet for their extreme energy they’ll quickly become bored and destructive.
Utonagan is a newer crossbreed, introduced to the UK in the 1980’s, which is a mix of Malamute, Siberian Husky, and German Shepherd.
Similar to a Husky temperament; they are curious, affectionate, loyal, and playful, but require daily training and exercise. They have plenty of personality, and are very receptive to their owners.
Utonegan’s are energetic, so they need to run and require mental stimulation. Their free roaming instinct is very much alive so they are best suited for large living spaces and acreages.
Samoyed’s are the thicker, fluffier, version of a Husky. They are the epitome of a white fluffy dog.
The biggest difference is the Samoyed are not completely over-energized like their ecstatic Husky cousins. But they still require an outlet for their energy (daily training or long runs).
Samoyed’s are a lovable, happy, and often “talkative” dog breed with a silly personality. They enjoy being chatty with an assortment of barks, howls, and grunts. They’re happiest when with their family, and do not take well to being left alone.
Tamaskans are a dog breed designed to look like wolves, but with the temperament of a dog. Officially recognized as a breed in 2013, this once rare breed breed is now quickly becoming a more common sight.
Tamaskans share many similar personality traits with a Husky. They’re silly, highly energetic, talkative, stubborn, and require a lot of patience.
Their surge in popularity has also lead to unethical breeding practices. Be informed on adoption to ensure the health and safety of your pup.
5. American Eskimo
Intelligent, affectionate, and excited for life – the American Eskimo is a perfect family dog. These are energetic and curious dogs that are seeking new daily challenges, so they need you to give them physical and mental stimulation. With all that energy and brains you don’t want these dogs getting bored, or they may result to destructive behavior.
Furthermore, Eskies are considered “Velcro” dogs, and they’ll be stuck to you for the entire day, following you around the house like a curious shadow. These are not dogs you can leave alone for any long period of time.
This dog loves nothing more than to spend time with his family and loved ones. In fact, the Keeshond is a highly social animal, and cannot be left alone at any time. That will become very apparent as they “Velcro” onto you and follow you everywhere. And that thick coat needs love too, as you’ll assume the roll of a full time brusher to control the heavy amounts of shedding.
Keeshonds can be a mouthy breed, and although they have the best intentions, they do tend to bark and yell frequently.
7. Saarloos Wolfdog
While similar in design to a Tamaskan, these dogs tend to have significantly more ‘wolf-like’ traits. They’re typically non-aggressive but they also tend to be shy, cautious, and quite stubborn.
The Saarloos is recommended to owners without children, and who can provide a large outdoor space to accommodate their free-roaming nature.
8. Akita Inu
Once used for protecting royalty, the Akita has since retired from guard duty into the family life. These are a proud breed, and have unwavering respect for their owners and loved ones, but can overly protective at the same time. Their guarding traits are still very strong.
Akita’s like to talk – all day and everyday. Somewhere in between whining and barking they make use of their vocal chords to let themselves be heard in every situation – often with hilarious results. They tend use that mouth for other things too, like carrying objects or toys at all times.
Because of their protective nature and strong opinions, the Akita is hard to train, and are not suited for inexperienced owners. These dogs have aggressive tendencies that require a lot of patience to work through.
9. Finnish Spitz
Finish Spitz are very unique hunting breed, and similar to your Husky – they tend to ‘talk’ a lot. They are described as active and alert, and therefore make excellent watchdogs.
But you won’t find any aggression here, they’re extremely friendly and gentle with kids and new people. They are loyal right down to the bone, and always ready to tell you how their feeling with their talkative nature.
10. Swedish Vallhund
The best way to describe the Swedish Vallhund is like combining a Husky with a Corgi (although they have no relation to either).
Despite their small stature these are very much a working breed. Originally bred to herd cows, they have endless amounts of running and barking stored within them. Which can certainly test your patience.
But there’s always time for play and fun. And if you can accommodate their energetic lifestyle the Vallhund make excellent companions.
11. Czech wolfdog
A New dog breed that was created to have the temperament of a German Shepherd, but the physical build and strength of a Carpathian Wolf. Originally bred to be attack dogs in Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog are now used for a range of work.
These dogs require a high level of training and strong leadership. They may be loyal to your family, but are suspicious of strangers. Czech wolf dogs are active and playful, and need daily stimulation to feed their curious minds. They are best suited for large open spaces where they can roam and get daily exercise.
Until 2008 this dog was classified as a “Dangerous Wild Animal” in the UK. And due to the wolf-content of this breed, they cannot be legally owned in some States or Countries.
12. Shikoku Dog
Shikoku’s are enthusiastic and sociable dogs, and can certainly make a good addition to your family.
However, these are working breeds, and were often used for hunting boars. While they are essentially a good natured dog, they still carry those working traits to this day.
Exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation are required everyday. If they become bored they’ll become frustrated and destructive
Also, Shikoku’s have a very high prey drive, so they will chase any small creature or interesting object.
13. Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdogs are part of the “Spitz” family (see Finnish Spitz – #8 on this list). That’s because they carry common physical traits of pointy ears, almond eyes, foxy face, and a thick coat. Perfect for this list.
These are active dogs that love exercise and work. They’ll need a lot of daily activity and runs to keep them healthy and happy. They’re incredibly intelligent but also get bored easily, so best to keep them occupied.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are compassionate and caring, and love being the center of attention. A daily routine of fun and cuddles is all this dog really wants.
14. West Siberian Laika
The Laika is another dog that’s apart of the Spitz family (see above). And in similar fashion, this is a hunting and working breed that loves to stay active.
As the name the suggests, the West Siberian Laika was discovered in Russia, originating hundreds of years ago as a hunting companion for the Hanty and Mansi cultures in West Siberia.
As for their temperament – let’s just say this isn’t the ideal dog for new owners. They’re stubborn, independent, destructive, and vocal.
15. Norwegian elkhound
The Norwegian elkhound is a high energy hunting dog and companion. Originally they were used to hunt big game such as moose. Despite their name, these dogs were not used to hunt elk.
Their coat and face bares similar markings of a husky (yet has no relation).
They have a strong prey drive and a desire to track. They’ll follow their nose and shut out the world around them. And if they see small prey outdoors they will bark and chase without regard.
Remember, the Norwegian elkhound is a working breed, thus requiring extraneous daily exercise and training. However they are still friendly and affectionate and can make great pets.