Shiba Inu vs Husky

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

The Shiba Inu dog is best for experienced pet parents willing to start training early and families with older kids. They are ideal for those living in apartments (but won't say no to a home...

The Shiba Inu dog is best for experienced pet parents willing to start training early and families with older kids. They are ideal for those living in apartments (but won't say no to a home with a large yard, either).

Shiba Inu Temperament

Shiba Inu dogs have strong, confident personalities, coupled with a mellow friendliness around their families. These traits, combined with their vigilance as guard dogs, are some of their most prized characteristics. Sometimes aloof, they may come across as indifferent or even cold toward strangers and other dogs, which is w...

Shiba Inu dogs have strong, confident personalities, coupled with a mellow friendliness around their families. These traits, combined with their vigilance as guard dogs, are some of their most prized characteristics.

Sometimes aloof, they may come across as indifferent or even cold toward strangers and other dogs, which is why some say their personality resembles a cat. Though good natured, they have an independent streak, so they shouldn’t be let off-leash—there are too many fascinating sights and sounds in the world to catch their attention! They can also be quite selfish when it comes to their possessions. For those reasons, early socialization and training are absolutely necessary with a Shiba.

When Shibas aren’t happy (or don’t want to do what you’ve asked them to do), they’re more than happy to let you know they’re displeased. But they don’t bark or whine; they have a somewhat unique vocalization that is affectionately called the “Shiba Inu scream.” Used more often than a true bark, the scream is a rather high-pitched whining sound, something like the noise a cat makes crossed with the sound of a human baby crying.

Shiba Inu Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

The Siberian Husky dog is best for confident and experienced pet parents who love adventure and are ready to include their pup in everything they do.

Husky Temperament

Siberian Huskies are friendly, intelligent and strong-willed dogs. They are pack animals who need to be around people and other pups. In fact, many will “talk” to you with unique howls, growls and whimpers—it’s an endearing part of their personality. This friendly nature—even with strangers—means the...

Siberian Huskies are friendly, intelligent and strong-willed dogs. They are pack animals who need to be around people and other pups. In fact, many will “talk” to you with unique howls, growls and whimpers—it’s an endearing part of their personality. This friendly nature—even with strangers—means they don’t make good guard dogs.

These energetic dogs do not enjoy long periods for contemplation—they may contemplate destroying things if left to their own devices for too long. And if left alone in the backyard, they are known to escape, eager to explore the world beyond their borders. So, secure fencing is a must.

Husky dogs are independent, which may make training a bit of a challenge. However, an experienced and confident pup parent will provide the consistent training they need to become a well-behaved member of the family.

Husky Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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