German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The German Shepherd is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Siberian Husky is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Siberian Husky is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Siberian Husky requires moderate grooming, but the German Shepherd has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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German Shepherd vs Siberian Husky
German Shepherd Dog Breed
Siberian Husky Dog Breed
Breed NameGerman ShepherdSiberian Husky
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height22-26 in.20-23 in.
Weight75-95 lb35-60 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyRussia
Origin Year1899 AD900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 85°F-70°F to 65°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed30 mph28 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium-High
SheddingHighMedium-High
DanderHighMedium
Drool AmountMediumNone

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 NameGerman ShepherdSiberian Husky
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighVery Low
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdSiberian Husky
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
BlindnessYesNo
BloatYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Chronic DiarrheaYesNo
Corneal DystrophyNoYes
Cruciate Ligament RuptureYesNo
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
Degenerative MyelopathyYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
DiabetesYesNo
Digestive ProblemsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Exocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Hemophilia AYesNo
Hemophilia BYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Hypertrophic OsteodystrophyYesNo
Lens LuxationYesNo
LupusYesNo
MegaesophagusYesNo
Myasthenia GravisYesNo
Nail Bed DiseaseYesNo
OsteochondrosisYesNo
PannusYesNo
PanosteitisYesNo
ParalysisYesNo
Perianal FistulaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Retinal DysplasiaYesNo
SeborrheaYesNo
VitiligoYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Wobbler's SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGerman ShepherdSiberian Husky
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Bi-colorYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
BlueYesNo
GrayYesNo
LiverYesNo
SableYesNo
WhiteYesYes
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