SIBERIAN HUSKY VS GERMAN SHEPHERD
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Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Appearance:
The Siberian Husky is a familiar breed to most. Its almond-shaped eyes that come in blue, or brown, and possibly one of each color. The breed is a strong one, but it is wrapped up in a relatively small package and covered by long, thick water and cold resistant fur. Their muzzle is long and narrow, and their ears stand upright on the top of their head.
The German Shepherd is even an even more visually recognizable breed than the husky. Even if they are somewhat similar in body structure, and they both have those pointy, upright ears. GSDs come in two coat types, standard and long-haired, or plush. They also come in many colors with black and tan being the most common.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements:
Huskies are active dogs, breed to follow after reindeer tirelessly over large swaths of land, and rough traveling conditions. This is still embedded in the dog's very essence. They are a working breed, and they love to run. So, while they can adapt to apartment living with walks and trips to the dog park to burn off some steam, they need to have access to a fenced-in area where they can work off their desire to move. The GSD is also an active breed, and depending on the lines, and individuals sometimes they can be even more active than the husky. Though they typically have about the same energy levels- their need for mental stimulation is much higher.
One would think grooming a husky would be an arduous task. They have so much hair. But really, the breed is a clean one. They only need brushed a few times a week and can be expected to shed their undercoat as the seasons change. Their coats also possess something of a self-cleaning property, and they do not retain smell and dirt seems to vanish from them as if by magic. Making it so this breed does not require a ton of bathing. Grooming a GSD, on the other hand, is almost a full-time job. They shed year-round and need to be brushed every few days, and when the seasons change, they blow their coats, which just increases the amount of shed ten-fold.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Life Expectancy And Health:
The Siberian Husky as a whole is relatively fortunate in being one of the healthier breeds out there. They have an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. In comparison, the average for a GSD is 7 to 10 years.
Their list of health issues for the Husky is relatively short. They can suffer from types of dysplasia. But other than that, the main concern is eye issues. If an individual is going to be used for breeding purposes, it is recommended that they get their eyes checked at 12 months of age and then a follow-up exam every year after. The GSD can have some issues- more than the Siberian. Which include hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hyperuricosuria, Multidrug Sensitivity, and Von Willebrand's Disease Type I. Blue colored GSDs can also suffer from Colour dilution alopecia which can cause hair loss.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Social Needs:
Huskies are one of the breeds out there that tend to be more independent. They are a friendly breed, even with strangers, and love to have a good time or do an activity with their owners. But, they also do not feel the need to cling twenty-four seven and are happy to go off and do their own thing or lay in a separate area of the house. The GSD, in comparison, has immense social needs. GSDs live and die for their people. They are happy to spend all day, every day with their humans. The breed tends to aloof around strangers, and they make excellent guards dogs who will always rush to their human's aid in a time of need.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Temperament:
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.
Even with the Husky's independent nature, this breed is still a loyal one. They do bond tightly with their family and enjoy actively spending time with them. The breed is also incredibly outgoing. They tend to be friendly overall, even with people that they don't know. Making them a less than a stellar choice for a guard dog. The breed also has a reputation for being somewhat mischievous and are incredibly adaptable. The German Shepherd is often the embodiment of loyalty. This breed forms deep emotional connections with their families. They are also confident and fearless if a threat comes their way. They prefer the people they do know and can be indifferent to strangers, sometimes, just merely tolerating them at the behest of their canine leader.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Intelligence And Trainability:
The Siberian Husky is an intelligent breed. Though, because of its independence, this can make it somewhat challenging to train. This is a fun-loving dog, and if you can make the training experience an enjoyable and fun one, they will gladly participate. But, with a reminder that this breed was born to run. This breed is not one to be left off-leash in an open area, or they could take themselves on a little adventure, and when Husky decides to go explore, they can make it quite far from home. The GSD is one of the most versatile breeds in the world, and they are SMART. This breed is eager to please and has a deep desire to be mentally stimulated, which makes them excellent and easy candidates for any training you might have in mind.
Siberian Husky Vs German Shepherd Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness:
The Siberian tends to be good with children, and the GSD does as well. The biggest issue to look out with these two breeds is their energy level. They both may get over-enthusiastic in playing or chasing and could accidentally do some damage, especially if their exercise needs aren't being met.
These two breeds can also be questionable around small animals. They both have pronounced prey drives and may be too tempted to chase and attempt to seize a small animal running. While socialization and proper introductions can go a long way, sometimes these two breeds do best when raised with the small animal in question.
The Siberian is a bit better than other dogs than the GSD. They are a very pack oriented animal and tend to make friends with other dogs inside the house and out. The GSD can be great with other dogs in the household, but they may sometimes have unfamiliar dogs, especially those that come onto their property.