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Difference Between Akita and Husky

Akita vs. Husky
Huskies and Akitas are often grouped together because of their thick coats and ability to live in cold climates. Both can be used as working dogs and are often bred together. Yet, these may be the only things the two dog breeds have in common, as they are very different in their physical attributes and in their temperament.

The Akita is a working dog which originated in Japan as a hunting companion. They have a tendency to work hard, be quiet and lead the pack. They are not typically a family dog as they can be aggressive and territorial. Akitas have a thick and full double coat which can be white, brown, or a mixture of the two. Physically, they also have a large, powerful head with deep eyes, pointed ears, and a trademarked curled bushy tail. Male Akitas can grow as large as 28 inches in length however this is not including their signature tail which can add several more inches. Hellen Keller introduced the first Akita to the United States in 1937. Since their introduction, Akitas can typically be found in the northern United States, as their thick coat is unsuited for the heat and humidity of the southern U.S.
The Siberian Husky is also from Asia, however they originated in the cold regions of Siberia where they were working dogs used to pull sleds. Huskies have a friendly and out-going temperament that is perfect for families and children. These dogs have a thick, double layered coat which is useful in freezing temperatures, and can be white or black in color. They can grow as long as 24 inches and have almond shaped eyes on a medium sized head. Huskies are very physical dogs which require a lot of exercise and open space to run and play. Today, Huskies are still used in colder climates as sled dogs and for family pets in other areas of the world.
Akitas and Huskies are two popular breeds of dogs which may appear at first glance to be related, but are not. Their different temperaments should be taken into account before making any decisions about adopting or purchasing one.


1. Akitas are hunting dogs from Japan. Huskies are sled dogs from Siberia. Both dogs are used for working and both take direction from owners well. Both dogs also require plenty of exercise and room to run as they are very active on a daily basis.
2. Akitas and Huskies both have thick, double coats which can vary in color. These thick coats make it difficult to be outdoors in the summer months in warmer climates.
3. Akitas are aggressive and territorial, whereas Huskies are even tempered and friendly with most people.
4. Both Akitas and Huskies can either be used for show, for work, or as a family pet.

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  1. It should be 28 inches in height not length for the Akita. Akitas do not require alot of exercise, Huskies do. I have own both, 1 Husky and 3 Akitas. These two dogs are not even the same. A Malamute is more of a breed to do this comparison. Akitas come in a wider assortment of colors not just brown and white or a mix of the two. Huskies are not a good indoor dog and an Akita must be kept close to the family. Akitas are bred to be family dogs now, Huskies are more for outside and working…like a Coonhound or Beagle. The double coat actually works both ways for keeping them cool and warm. Do more research/talk to owners on these two dogs before writing a piece like this.

    • Thank you so much!!!

      • Siberian huskies and Alaskan Malamutes have far more in common than the Akita has with either one of the first two breeds. I have owned Alaskan Malamutes and “Alaskan huskies” which are not a recognized AKC breed. The Alaskan malamute and the Siberian husky are probably closely related, but the malamute breed developed in the isolation of northern Alaska where they were used as sled dogs, and their heavy bone and large size made them good working dogs for hauling heavy loads. They are somewhat independent and dog-aggressive compared to the Siberian husky, which has a temperament far better suited to harmony on a dog team. The Siberian husky comes as its name suggests, from Siberia, now in the Soviet Union, and likely the Siberian husky and the Alaskan malamute are close relatives, but the different breeds developed because of geographic isolation. The Siberian is a smaller-boned, faster dog, also bred for pulling a sled, has blue eyes, and is generally much less aggressive than malamutes; Siberian huskies normally get along with one another. The Akita has a coat which somewhat resembles the coat of the sled dogs, but I don’t see any other reason to compare them. The Akita is a completely different breed from either of these, and my personal experiences with the Akita are limited.

    • Then you should know every husky handles heat different mine wont leave the house without a fight if its over 75f some dont mind and others do, as a husky owner you should know THAT before trying to tear someone else down

  2. I got a dog from the pound here in vegas. I am not sure if hes German Sheppard dog mixed w Akita or Husky or even part wolf he has a big head an big paws an brown eyes, curly tail, an a double coat, hes very sweet, an howls, the vet wanted me to pay 2000.00 for a dna test i am also trying to teach him how to detect an warn me before I have another seiz can anyone give me advice please

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