Dachshund vs Siberian Husky

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Dachshund is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Siberian Husky is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Dachshund and Siberian Husky are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Dachshund is easier to groom than the Siberian Husky.
  • Barking - Both the Dachshund and Siberian Husky are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Dachshund vs Siberian Husky
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Siberian Husky Dog Breed
Breed NameDachshundSiberian Husky
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height5-11 in.20-23 in.
Weight11-32 lb35-60 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyRussia
Origin Year1400 AD900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Good
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Protective
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F-70°F to 65°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed17 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
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 NameDachshundSiberian Husky
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingHighAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameDachshundSiberian Husky
Lifespan
Lifespan12-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Acanthosis NigricansYesNo
BaldnessYesNo
BloatYesNo
CancerYesNo
Canine Diabetes MellitusYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Corneal DystrophyNoYes
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Lymphocytic ThyroiditisYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
NarcolepsyYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameDachshundSiberian Husky
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Blue & CreamYesNo
Blue & TanYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
Chocolate & CreamYesNo
Chocolate & TanYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & CreamYesNo
Fawn & TanYesNo
RedYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Wild BoarYesNo
Agouti & WhiteNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, Gray, & WhiteNoYes
Black, Tan, & WhiteNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Brown, Black, & WhiteNoYes
Copper & WhiteNoYes
Gray & BlackNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
TanNoYes
Tan & BlackNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
WhiteNoYes