How Can I Know What Type Of Husky Do I Have? 

Last Updated on March 27, 2022 by Griselda M.

I have adopted a husky dog, but how can I tell what type of husky do I have just by looking at it or what other features should I look at?

Husky dogs are known as the oldest breed of dogs in the world. They have been used for hunting and guarding since the first human settlements. They were also used as sledge dogs to pull carts, boats, and trains.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes two types of huskies: Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky.  Siberian Husky is considered the standard type and Alaskan Husky is the rarer one. So, what type of husky do I have?

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How Can I Know What Type Of Husky Do I Have?  – Siberian Or Alaskan

The best way to find out what type of husky breed do I have is first to understand the two popular husky breeds.

Siberian husky

Siberian husky is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are very loyal and affectionate dogs.  They were bred as sledge dogs, but due to their size, they are used for many different roles.

They are the perfect companion dog for anyone, whether they have kids or not. They are excellent with children and are great with older people. Their coats are soft and shiny, making them a great pet for all seasons.


Siberian husky have a medium-sized head. The muzzle is large and round and the ears are long, pointed, and erect. The eyes are small and almond-shaped.

The nose is black and the eyebrows are heavy. They have a thick double coat that can be any color. The coat comes in different lengths.

The long coats are called “sled dogs”, while the short ones are called “working dogs”. Siberian husky usually weigh between 50 and 70 pounds.


Siberian husky is a very intelligent dog breed. They have a high drive to work and play. They are always ready to please their owners.

They are very gentle and affectionate dogs.  They are extremely loyal and protective of their families. They are good with children and other pets, but they are not recommended to be left alone with small children.

They have a great instinct for knowing when someone is sick or hurt. They are also sensitive to their owner’s moods.


Siberian husky can be trained from a young age. Their intelligence makes them easy to train. They are also very eager to learn and can easily adapt to any type of training. They love being around people and they are very responsive to the voice.

Coat Care:

Siberian huskies shed all year round. It is recommended that you brush your dog’s coat once a week. In the summer months, you should brush the coat twice a week.

Brush it regularly during shedding season, as the longer the hair, the more it will shed. You should brush the coat on the top of the head first and then brush it down to the tail. Use a slicker brush for this purpose. You can use a slicker brush with rubber or nylon bristles.

What are the three types of Huskies?

The Alaskan husky

The Alaskan husky is also a much-loved breed of dog and is considered to be one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. This is because they have been bred to be able to work on ice and snow for many years.

They are used as sledge dogs, and in other roles that require them to have superior intelligence and strength. This is why their name means “little brown one” in English.  The breed originated in the United States.


The Alaskan husky is a large, strong dog that has a short, dense coat. The coat comes in two types, which are either smooth or rough. Their fur is black, gray, red, or blue. It has a black nose and a black chin patch.


The Alaskan husky can grow up to 15 inches tall, with a weight of between 70 and 100 pounds.


The Alaskan husky has a short, dense coat, which is either smooth or rough. They have a double coat. The undercoat is fine and soft, while the outer coat is long and coarse. The hair on their face and legs is shorter than that of their body.


The Alaskan husky is an independent and courageous dog. They are known to be good family dogs and excellent companions. They are very friendly and will adapt well to most people.


The Alaskan husky is a healthy and active breed. They are known to be hardy, sturdy, and strong dogs. They are prone to breathing problems and eye disorders, but this is usually easily treated. They also tend to develop hip and elbow dysplasia.

Looking at the above characteristics, I can be able to tell what type of husky do I have.

How To Care For Your Husky Breed Dog


When your husky is not shedding, you should bathe it once a week. The best time to bathe your Siberian husky is when the hair is short and soft. If the hair is long, you can wait until it is dry.

Bathe your dog in lukewarm water. Add two tablespoons of shampoo to a small amount of warm water. Rub your dog’s coat thoroughly with your hands. Do not use a brush or comb. You can use an electric brush to groom your dog’s coat.

Food and water:

The husky can eat any dry dog food. They can even eat the wet dog food if it’s made with good quality meat. You must feed them regularly.

The husky should be fed on a diet of about 3 to 4 percent protein. A high protein diet will help them to maintain their muscle mass and keep them strong. Huskies should be kept hydrated by giving them plenty of water. They can drink from a bowl or a bucket. It’s recommended that you give them at least 10 to 15 cups of water every day.

Final Remarks On What Type Of Husky Do I Have

So what type of husky do I have?  Most new pet owners will not be able to tell what husky breed they have. However, the breeder comes in handy to explain the various husky variations they have and help you make an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what kind of Husky I have?

The easiest way to know what kind of husky you have is to look at the "breed" and "type" on your certificate.

What are the three types of Huskies?

There are 3 common types of Huskies - the Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, and Alaskan husky.