9 Dogs That Look Like Huskies

When it comes to the Siberian Husky, there’s no doubt that these husky like dogs are very intelligent, great with kids and they don’t even have ‘dog smell’.

However, they will not easily adapt to living in an apartment. Huskies shed a lot twice a year, and the amount of fur may surprise you.

It gets worse:

Siberians love to run, and if you let them off-leash, they could easily run away. Even if the Siberian might not be the right dog for you, there are still a lot of husky-type dogs that you can easily fall in love with!

So, we made a list of 9 dog breeds like the Husky that may be more suitable for you.

Let’s dive in and meet husky breeds!

Here’s the list of dogs that look like Huskies:

Click on the desired breed, or scroll to read the whole list.

1. Akita Inu


The Akita Inu is very careful and affectionate with families and kids. Although they will be at their best in a large yard, if well trained, they will adapt to living in an apartment.

Akita Inu needs firm training as a puppy to prevent them from becoming aggressive and overprotective. Overall, this breed and husky type dogs love to have a human who will demonstrate skills of a true pack leader. Otherwise, they will run the pack.

They usually live between 10 to 12 years.

2. Alaskan Malamute


The Alaskan Malamute is very similar to the Siberian Husky. As we already mentioned, Huskies shed a lot, but Alaskan Malamute sheds even more!

Alaskan Malamutes are very playful and will greet everyone as a friend. They are patient and love attention. In general, dogs like huskies are known for being extremely affectionate.

And guess what?

Alaskan Malamutes are number 6 on our cutest puppies list. In addition, Alaskian Malamute is the biggest husky breed, recorded so far.

They usually live between 12 to 15 years.

3. Utonagan Dog


If you are looking for a dog breed that looks like a wolf, Utonagan Dog could be the best choice. It is the cross of the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and German Shepherd and it looks a lot like Husky but it’s bigger.

The original goal was to breed a wolf looking dog. Utonagans are not guards or working dogs, but due to their intelligence and strength, they could be trained for various tasks.

They usually live between 10 to 15 years.

4. Samoyed


Samoyed, or Bjelkier as it’s called in Europe, are often compared to Huskies. These dogs are very friendly and don’t like to be alone. A typical Samoyed really looks like a white, fluffy husky, doesn’t it?

They could easily adapt to living in an apartment, but shedding could be the Samoyed’s middle name. The Samoyed likes to be active – it will enjoy walks, hikes, jogging, and canine sports.

They usually live between 12 to 14 years.

5. Tamaskan Dog


If you are looking for a husky-like dog that doesn’t shed that much, you should pay attention to the Tamaskan Dog.

Tamaskan Husky is a good family dog, gentle with children and accepting of other dogs. They are very intelligent and don’t like to sit around – they will both enjoy mind and physical activities and exercise.

They usually live between 14 and 15 years.

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6. Alaskan Klee Kai also called “Small husky breed”


Alaskan Klee Kai is often compared to the Siberian Husky due to their similar fur markings. In fact, it is a mini Alaskan Husky breed and according to breed standards, an adult Alaskan Klee Kai should be between 13 and 15 inches in height.

Who else wants this small husky looking dog?

Although their appearance is Husky-like, their temperament is almost utterly opposite. They tend to be shy, skittish and wary around strangers. Interestingly, this breed is often called a tiny husky breed.

They usually live between 12 to 16 years.

7. American Eskimo Dog


Although American Eskimos and Samoyeds look a lot alike, these two breeds are not related at all. Eskies are generally more obedient, but less tolerant of kids and other pets.

There are three size varieties of the American Eskimo breed, the toy, the miniature and the standard.

They usually live between 12 to 15 years.

8. Finnish Spitz


Finnish Spitz is a very “talkative” breed. In fact, these husky looking dogs love to bark – if not well trained, they will bark at everything they see.

Finnish Spitz dogs are bred as hunting dogs, so don’t leave them around small animals. They love to eat, especially treats, so be careful not to let them to become overweight.

They usually live between 12 to 15 years.

9. Keeshond


These medium-sized dogs absolutely love company! In fact, they will become miserable if separated from their family, so avoid leaving them alone.

Keeshonds will love to join all family activities – from jogging to watching TV. And get ready, they shed like crazy once or twice or year! After all, shedding is a mutual point to all dogs similar to husky – so be prepared!

They usually live between 12 to 15 years.

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  • Amanda

    I think he might be a border collie mixed with husky so that’s why he’s black and white with fluffy ness 

  • Harsh shukla

    I am from india. I really want a husky but where i live has a very hot climate in summers and cold climate in winter. So please tell a dog breed which looks like husky and can live comfortably with me

    • Kristina - Barking Royalty Team


      Out of all of these breeds, the Finnish Spitz and Keeshond are the ones that tolerate hot water better than others. However, they will do much better in cold weather. Hope that helps in your research!

  • Lucy Ellen

    My boyfriend really wants to get a husky- sadly I am allergic to dander that comes off dogs when shedding, he is open to have a cross breed but it has to be part husky. Is it better to get a cross (which cross) or Siberian husky? 

    • Kristina - Barking Royalty Team

      Hey Lucy!

      Actually there is a crossbreed called Siberpoo that has hypoallergenic fur. It is a cross between a Siberian husky and a Poodle and will probably be the best decision for the two of you.

  • Belinda C Hoodye

    My Alaskan Klee Kai won’t eat regular dog food. I barely can get him to eat regular doggy snacks. I would hate to starve him in order to make him eat the “regular doggy food”; but I am at my wits end. HELP! What do you or can you recommend something for this problem. And yes, I have tried a NUMBER of different types of dog foods, and treats. But to no avail. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Belinda Hoodye

  • Chris Simpson

    The Finnish Laphund is almost identical to a Long haired Husky referred to a Wooly Husky.

  • Mere

    Some of these dogs, give or take a few, are just as difficult, or even more difficult to own, than a husky.

  • L

    Isn’t this article supposed to be about dogs that she’s LESS than a husky? 

  • Myra Gardea

    He is an akita inu 

  • Krista Weldon

    I have a dog I purchased that is white with black hair on his back and a bit to the side on the top coat, he has a white fluffy curled up tail, he sheds horribly and has a lot of fur around his neck and has golden brown eyes, 55lbs, and has the appearance of a husky. In fact I bought him under the guise he was husky, but saw a dog by another name that looked exactly like him without the black. I didn’t catch the name. He barks as well as the occasional talk like a husky and howls at sirens but seldomly. He is incredibly smart and loving, loves to run. He is mild mannered but I think he was abused. What breed could he be.