HUSKY VS LABRADOR
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Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Appearance: The Siberian Husky is a regal canine with its agile and somewhat wolf-like resemblance. They have a thick coat that can come in various colors such as solids, solid and white variations, Agouti, and many more. They possess a very sleek appearance with their muzzle being long and narrow, their ears standing upright on top of their head, and you can't forget those often mysterious almond eyes that can be either brown, blue, or both. The breed is also on the smaller side, normally weighing up to 60 pounds and standing up to 24 inches tall. On the other hand, the Labrador is a much different looking dog but is still incredibly recognizable. They have short coats that most commonly come in black, yellow, and chocolate. This breed, as a more hound-like resemblance with, is floppy ears. The Labrador also possesses webbed toes that aid this top-notch retriever when it is in water. The breed has a slightly more muscular build than the Husky weighing up to 79 pounds, but they tend to be around the same size reaching heights up to 24 inches tall. Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements: You would think a Husky would be more demanding in the grooming department due to their long fur. But, the truth is both of these breeds shed about the same and require the same amount of attention with a brush. They both need weekly brushings and will blow their coats seasonally. However, the Siberian Husky is less likely to retain that "doggy smell," and their coats can be somewhat self-cleaning, creating less demand for dog wash trips. When we are thinking about these two breeds in terms of exercise, the Lab will be the more demanding of the two. Huskies have huge energy reserves as they were refined to pull sleds over difficult terrain. So, while Husky is energetic, takes the cake in this category as they require much more dedication to get them to a contented state for exercise. Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Life Expectancy And Health: Both the Husky and Lab tend to be healthy breeds with the husky being the longer-lived of the two. Huskies can live on average 12-14 years. In contrast, the Lab's life expectancy is 10-12 years. Both breeds do have some health concerns. Both can be prone to types of Displyhia in their hips and elbows. Though the Husky tends to have some eye problems and individuals considered for breeding should have their eyes checked to start at 12 months of age and then every following year. The Lab also can be prone to eye issues, as well as, bloat, and EID (exercise-induced collapse). Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Temperament And Social Needs: As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed. Both of the Siberian and the Lab are friendly, sociable dogs. They love people and make new friends. They may both be alert when they hear something that catches their attention, but these breeds make indifferent watch dogs. Both the Lab and Siberian are just too much on the friendly and fun-loving side. Though the Siberian can also be a bit more independent than the Lab. Where a lab might follow you around constantly, a Husky would be OK to go to its own thing for a little while as long as they know someone is around. Huskies also love to run, so it isn't always the best idea to let them off-leash in an unsecured space, and when they decide to travel, they can really put in the distance. Like Huskies love to run and move, labs love water. You can expect a lab almost to seek out water when you are out and about then help themselves to a swim. Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Intelligence And Trainability: The Siberian and the Lab are both intelligent breeds. Though, the Lab has more what some would consider traditional intelligence. They are eager to please and can pick up training very quickly. Where the husky might be a little more independent, and you will have to make the experience fun to really get them to engage with learning what you want them to do. Siberian Husky Vs Labrador Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness: Small children, small animals, and other dogs- the Lab and Siberian both do well with children. They are friendly companions if they get the right amount of exercise. The biggest concern with one of these two breeds and kids is that they might get a little too rowdy during play due to pent up energy. With small animals… The Lab is a hunting dog, and the Siberian also got its start as a hunting dog before drastic changes in the Siberian climate forced the Chukchi people to repurpose the breed to sled dogs. Labs tend to get on well with small animals if they are socialized with them, and the biggest problem can be them getting too excited and harming a small animal by accident. However, the Husky has a very high-prey drive thanks to it being more primitive. Some huskies can learn to live with small animals if they were introduced at a young age, but some individuals still have issues that might not make it worth the risk of bringing them into a home where there are small animals. And last, for how these two breeds get on with other dogs. The Husky and the Labrador both get on famously with other dogs. Their friendly demeanor really lends itself to allowing them to make friends with other dogs in the household and outside of the home. Though the Husky gets a few good more marks for dog-friendliness as this, they are a very pack oriented breed, and they have a desire to be around and create social relationships with other canines.
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