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Difference Between Wolf and Husky

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Sometimes, people are unable to differentiate between a wolf and a husky, but there are several differences. Husky is a general term that is used for sled dogs. In the olden times, huskies were generally used as sled dogs, in the northern areas, but nowadays, people keep them as pets too. The original term is ‘Eskie’, but it’s corruption has led to the term ‘Husky’. The common breeds of huskies are the Siberian and Alaskan Husky. The wolf, on the other hand, is the largest member of the canine family. Its origins can be traced back to 300,000 years, and it survived the Ice Age. DNA testing has confirmed the fact, that wolves and dogs, have common ancestry.

The wolves are the prime, or apex predators, in their ecological system. The huskies, on the other hand, do not occupy the prime position. Another difference between the two, is that wolves have been known to thrive in various types of climates, like temperate zones, mountains, tundra, taiga and grasslands, but the huskies have a thick fur that protects them from cold weather, and they cannot survive in areas with high temperatures.

Wolves are a protected species in some areas, while in others they are hunted for fun. Huskies are not hunted. The wolves, unlike huskies, regularly feature in the folklores of various cultures across the world.

There are many types of huskies, like the Siberian husky, Greenland husky, Mackenzie River husky, Sakhalin husky and Alaskan malamute.

The wolves generally have a greyish white coat, while the huskies’coats have more colours, like brown, black, and white. The wolves depend more on their stamina, rather than speed, for hunting, while the huskies depend more on their speed.

The wolves’ paws are adapted to be able to walk on a wide variety of terrains. The eye colour of huskies vary from brown to blue. Even though huskies are kept as pets, they show some wild behaviour, like fierce independence and resourcefulness. On the other hand, wolves are territorial animals, and are usually found in packs. They are wild and temperamental. The young wolves stay with their parents up to the age of 1 or 2 years, and after that they leave the pack to form their own. Young wolves never challenge the older wolves to take on the leadership. Wolves that have erratic behaviour, or those which have been shot by a gun, are generally killed by the fellow members of the pack. Some wolf species never socialise, and spend their life in pairs, or as individuals.

Summary:

1. Wolves can survive in a variety of climates, ranging from tundra to deserts, while husky cannot survive in hot climates.

2. Unlike wolves, huskies can be kept as a pet.

3. Huskies have various coloured eyes.


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15 Comments

  1. Alaskan Malamutes aren’t Huskies, they’re a different breed of dog with several similar characteristics to a Husky.

  2. “the husky can only walk on snow”? That’s definitely not true. Are you saying that if a husky steps on grass it falls over?

  3. I have a pet wolf and huskies!!! they are so lovable:)

  4. Alaskan huskies don’t constitute a breed, but rather a mix of different breeds bred for speed. It is not considered a breed because it has no prefered ancestry. The Mackenzie River husky is also not a breed, as it describes “several overlapping local populations of arctic and subarctic sleddog type dogs, none of which constitutes a breed…” Also, wolves may be colored in black or white.

    Sources: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

  5. Nice article, but not very accurate. The following are some corrections:

    - You need to clarify which husky-type dog you’re referring to when describing a characteristic. For example, Siberian huskies have very high stamina, whilst Alaskan Malamutes don’t. Also, as others also pointed out, husky-type dogs are completely different breeds! Japanese akita and Siberian huskies may both look ‘husky-like’ but they are very different in their breeding, physiology, temperament, etc. This is very misleading in your article.

    - Siberian huskies can survive in hot climates (although certainly nowhere near the equator). They shed their coat twice a year (at least), which helps them keep adapt to the seasons.

    - You say that huskies rely on their speed, whilst wolves rely on their stamina, while hunting. This is wrong. Siberian huskies are not very fast (compared to other dog breeds), and they have an amazing stamina. A Siberian husky can run for 30-40 miles a day. Their stamina is reflected in their physiology: the narrow, but deep chest provides large lung capacity that doesn’t slow them down (no ‘barrel chest’ like many other dog breeds).

    - When you say that one important difference between huskies and wolves is that the former are not hunted, while the latter are, is a flawed conclusion. Wolves are protected in several states, as well as in the United Kingdom, and in many other countries and regions. Also, were a husky to escape in a country where it is allowed to hunt wolves, that husky would also be hunted because they are also predators of live stock. Also, were a husky to escape, he/she would become the apex predator, unless there are also bears around.

    - Also, huskies *are* pack animals. The reason that they are not found in packs is because most husky owners don’t have more than one or two huskies.

    - Siberian huskies can also have yellow eyes (in addition to brown and blue). Sometimes they are bi-eyed (eyes are a different colour), and sometimes one eye is split into two colours.

    - Saying that huskies ‘come from the North’ is also pretty inaccurate. Siberian Huskies, for example, come, specifically, from North-Eastern Siberia.

    • PS: All facts that are stated about wolves in your last paragraph (before the summary) are also true for huskies.

      • PPS: I own two Siberian huskies (one pedigree, and one who is 1/16th wolf), and I feel it’s important to add one more thing.

        Siberian huskies acquired a bad reputation with regards to running away, aggression, possessiveness and general ill temper.

        Siberian huskies are *not* bred to be guard dogs. Any aggression or ill temper comes from bad experiences during puppy-hood. Siberian huskies are very sensitive to how humans treat them – as far as I know much more so than other breeds but I may be wrong. They can read not only body language, but also facial expressions. If a Siberian husky dog is mistreated by someone, that dog will not forget it, which can lead to serious behavioural problems.

        By nature, they are not aggressive towards humans and in fact, people are advised against using huskies as guard dogs precisely due to their curious and friendly nature.

        If a Siberian husky is treated as a zoo animal (ie. always kept in a cage, or in the back garden, chained up, never let off the lead, never socialised with other dogs and humans) then he/she is going to act like a zoo animal. He/she will run away and may never come back, will try to escape his/her cage or confinement incessantly (Siberian huskies are canine Houdinis in that regard!) and may attack or be very defensive when meeting other dogs.

        That said, Siberian huskies are hard work to train. My advise would be to be harsh but fair. They need a ‘master’ (one or two humans) whom they respect above all and they need to be kept at their place because Siberian huskies will periodically challenge authority. This is not due to aggression. It’s just that they want to make sure that their ‘pack’ is led by the most capable member. Beyond rigorous discipline, they need a lot of reassurance in the forms of treats and cuddling. Remember to give them a ‘reason’ for staying with you, and this reason should not only be food.

        I hope this was useful :)

        • I own a Siberian husky I believe Siberian huskies have a lot of stamina

          And there are all different types of wolves some are even smaller than my Siberian husky

          One thing I can tell you bout Siberian husky is they are fast can make cuts and escape from anything

          They are super dominant at least mines is over all my other two dogs
          I have a German shepherd and a female labrottie

          But one thing I disagree is that huskies can’t live in hot weather that’s not tru
          Siberian husky can be found and live in any weather as long as it has water and shade at times plus their coats shed and become less thicker in summer
          Coat protects from Sun rays and also keeps warm in summer
          My lab rottie gets hotter than my husky

    • Huskies CAN live near the equator. Because that’s where I’m from and I see lots of people having pet husky, especially if they have bigger houses. It can be hot but the rainy weather here helps to keep the temperature from getting too high (average high of about 32 degrees celsius and average low of about 24). Though it’s good for people avoid walking the huskies in the noon where it’s too hot, and when the huskies are at home, allow them to roam from air conditioned indoor to the non air conditioned porch.

  6. I live in Australia in one of the hottest cities and have a Siberian Husky. As long as he has shade, water and a cool place to rest he is fine. I know of many Huskies that survive without problems in hot climates. Number One rule……… never shave them as this does nothing to keep them cool and can expose them to other problems. He does fine here and is as happy as a pig in ….!:-)

    • Thank you for sharing that information. I am about to move to Southern California and was worried how my huskies would take it but it’s good to know they’d still be okay. Do you find that they need to swim more often in the heat?

      Kate

      • II have both Siberian and Alaskan husky in northern texas. They do fine but I agree do not shave. Brush and groom. Keep in a/c house apart from potty breaks. Don’t walk during the day in summer, their paws can get burnt from concrete/ asphalt. Make sure plenty of water, I mean several bowls over the house where they lay/ rest/ sleep. They are the most loyal, trainable, great with kids and ppl, BUT they shed. If you hate cleaning or have crawling children. These are not the dogs for you!!! I have to emphisize they shed ALOT! These dogs are found left behind, ppl didn’t want/could’nt cope because of this! It’s sad but these lovable, beautiful dogs are abandoned constantly.

  7. Whoever wrote this does not know he/she is talking about. For ONE thing, Huskies survive just fine here in the Coachella Valley, the hottest populated place in North America. LOTS of people have huskies here, and they do just fine.

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