Akita vs Siberian Husky

Compare the Akita to the Siberian Husky. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Akitas and Siberian Huskies.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Akita is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Siberian Husky is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - The Siberian Husky is very child friendly. The Akita is not child-friendly and is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Grooming - The Siberian Husky requires moderate grooming, but the Akita has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Siberian Husky bark/howls frequently. The Akita has a low tendency to bark.
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Akita vs Siberian Husky
Akita Dog Breed
Siberian Husky Dog Breed
Breed NameAkitaSiberian Husky
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height24-28 in.20-23 in.
Weight70-130 lb35-60 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryJapanRussia
Origin Year1600 AD900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyPoorVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 75°F-70°F to 65°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed25 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAkitaSiberian Husky
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighVery Low
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameAkitaSiberian Husky
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Corneal DystrophyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAkitaSiberian Husky
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BrownYesYes
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Agouti & WhiteNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, Gray, & WhiteNoYes
Black, Tan, & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Brown, Black, & WhiteNoYes
Copper & WhiteNoYes
Gray & BlackNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
TanNoYes
Tan & BlackNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes