Many husky owners want to know which breeds will work well with their husky. Whether you are considering getting a second dog, or you want to know in preparation for the dog park, it’s good info to know.
This article covers the top 10 best companion dogs for Siberian Huskies and has everything you need to know.
10 breeds that huskies get along with the best:
- Alaskan Malamute
- Australian Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Border Collie
- Standard Poodle
- English Pointer
4 Things To Consider First…
It’s important to understand a few of the key husky characteristics before comparing breeds. The Siberian husky isn’t your average dog, they’re unique, with their own attitude and personality.
For humans, opposites may certainly attract, but in the dog world, this never ends too well. Knowing what your husky is actually like will set you off on the best path.
1. High Energy
Siberian huskies are the athletes of the canine world. You may be thinking, well, don’t all dogs like going for walks? most do, but not all like running hundreds of miles at break-neck speed. Some breeds can actually be very “lazy” or inactive.
Breeds like Bassett hounds or English bulldogs, for example, would prefer to lay down than go for a nice long walk. After knowing how important exercise is for a husky’s entire life, you can see that having an inactive breed isn’t an accurate fit.
2. Big Prey Drive
Siberian huskies are a true “pack” dog and were bred by a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe known as the Chukchi People. Although not their main role, huskies would have certainly helped their tribe hunt small animals. This way of living lasted for thousands of years.
Huskies, still to this day have a big prey drive. So why is that important? Well, a husky’s prey instinct to chase, grab and perhaps even kill can be triggered easily with small animals, including very small dog breeds.
This doesn’t mean to say that all smaller dogs won’t be a good fit for a husky, but it does raise important concerns that you must remember. More on this later.
3. Rough Play
On top of needing long, intensive daily exercise, huskies are known for being somewhat hyper. This stereotype doesn’t fit all husky personalities but for the most part, it is accurate. Huskies can play all day at a pace that most other breeds can’t keep up with.
Despite being extremely friendly-natured, when they play, it’s a different ball game. Huskies love to play rough, this involves a lot of jumping up, jumping on top of, grappling, and using their mouths.
There are A LOT of breeds that do not tolerate or engage in this type of “play” like huskies do. You can easily imagine how this could end badly.
4. Difficult To Train and Mischievous
Each husky and their owner is different, but huskies are known for being a challenging breed to train. They have a lot of defiance and stubbornness in them that reveals itself whenever you least want it to!
It’s necessary to consider both breeds if you’re interested in getting another dog. Owners must know that dogs are social animals, meaning that bad behavior and defiance in one dog can influence the other dog too. You may end up with two unruly dogs if training is not taken care of.
Psst. A quick word on training! Brain Training For Dogs is one of the best training methods suitable for a husky. Other owners as well as myself have seen improvement in obedience, behavior, and stubbornness quicker than ever before. I seriously recommend checking it out.
10 Breeds That Get Along Well With a Husky
Let’s cover 10 breeds that huskies typically get along with the best. These breeds match a lot of the husky’s “quirky” traits and rival them with their energy and playfulness.
Labradors are perhaps the husky’s favorite dogs to play with at your local park, other than another husky! Labradors have a lot of close characteristics to huskies as well as their physical size.
Labs have similar exercise requirements, can be very active dogs and love to play. This fits perfectly for any husky out there. On top of that, they don’t mind a little bit of rough playtime and with their equal size, will definitely hold their own with a husky.
Labradors can be unruly IF not trained, but with some basic training, they can be very obedient, highly intelligent dogs and may even have a positive influence over a husky!
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2. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan malamutes are often considered cousins of the Siberian husky. Although the Alaskan malamute can be much bigger than a husky.
Malamutes may be unable to keep up with a husky’s speed and endurance, but they still love to run and play.
Malamutes would likely overpower any husky when they have a play fight and can definitely hold their own. On top of this, malamutes can make excellent guard dogs, whereas huskies do not. Talk about picking up the slack!
Training these two beasts could be a challenge. Both are fairly difficult to train and come with their fair share of stubbornness. Something to be well aware of before making a decision.
3. Australian Shepherd
Australian shepherds are a great match for the Siberian husky. They are very close in personality and are frequently bred together to create the Aussie Husky Mix. They are also very similar in size.
Aussies love to exercise as a husky does, high-intensity activities like running or playing frisbee is one of their favorites. Their energy and playfulness will rival that of your husky’s and they will get along great.
Both breeds are working dogs and require training and guidance. The Australian shepherd is known for being a quick learner so this may help your husky up their game too.
Overall a very equal pair that compliment each other.
4. Golden Retriever
Golden retrievers are very similar to labradors in how they get along with huskies.
Golden retrievers are slightly bigger than huskies, and their endurance is a little lower, but this doesn’t stop them from playing just as much.
Both breeds are friendly-natured, loving, and caring. You certainly won’t have any aggression issues with either breed.
The only difference would be that golden retrievers have a big “people-pleasing” trait, which is great for us. Retrievers are easily trained and are eager to follow commands.
Huskies are quite different and it would be difficult to know who will have influence over the other. Apart from this, these two can make great companions.
5. German Shepherd
German shepherds are actually quite different from Siberian huskies. Actually, they’re far less common than any other breeds mentioned on this list. Yet one of the most common questions I receive on a daily basis is whether or not huskies get on well with german shepherds…
So it’s clear these two breeds are desirable to have together. The good news is that it certainly can work out and huskies usually get on well with german shepherds.
How are they different? German shepherds are considerably more intelligent and can be easily trained, they love to follow commands and be extremely obedient. On top of this, they are great guard dogs and protectors. All of which huskies are not.
So how do they go well with each other? Well, german shepherds are bigger than huskies and can hold their own against them. They also have outstanding endurance, stamina, and energy levels just like a husky. Not to mention their huge desire to play.
It’s an interesting companionship, but one that can work well with an experienced owner.
Related article: Husky German Shepherd Mix! The Gerberian Shepsky!
Perhaps one of the few breeds that crave exercise MORE than a husky. Something I never thought I would say…
The dalmatian is similar to the husky in many ways, from their size, energy levels, exercise requirements, affection, stubbornness, intelligence, and well, pretty much everything.
I know many husky owners who all agree that their husky loves playing with dalmatians at their local park. These two breeds just seem to click and enjoy each other’s company significantly.
7. Border Collie
The border collie is officially the most intelligent dog breed. Apart from their amazing intelligence, they are extremely hard-working dogs and have been used for their herding skills for a very long time.
From a life of herding, they have just as much energy as the Siberian husky, and they also love to play.
Border collies are easily trained compared to huskies and as we just mentioned, they’re rather smart too. Besides this, they’re also naturally friendly and love human company, just like huskies.
Border collies consistently get along well with huskies, and it’s a go-to option for most owners out here.
8. Standard Poodle
Poodles are highly energetic dogs that can definitely keep up with a husky’s playfulness and exercise routine.
Poodles aren’t afraid to give their fair share of rough play either. If your husky likes to engage in some rough-housing, a poodle will definitely hold their own against them.
Poodles are very intelligent and easier to train than a husky. That being said, poodles have a mischievous streak in them just like huskies. These two breeds may become partners in crime if they aren’t exercised enough.
Boxers and huskies are very compatible. They absolutely LOVE playing and they both have never-ending energy.
However, these two breeds can cause quite a bit of trouble when left alone together. Although boxers are a great fit for your husky, they may not be a great fit for your sanity.
Huskies and boxers both have destructive tendencies, mix this with their high energy and distaste to being left alone… your leather sofa could be their next victim! They will have a blast, but you certainly won’t.
I only recommend getting a boxer as a second dog if your situation allows for you to be with them most of the time and provide a huge amount of exercise.
10. English Pointer
The pointer is a bundle of energy just like the husky is. These two could be the ultimate exercise partners, which will certainly satisfy your husky.
The pointer is considered a well-rounded dog with many desirable qualities. They’re naturally friendly, loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and fairly easy to train.
Huskies and pointers are two breeds who on paper, match up nicely. Although I must say, I haven’t been lucky enough to speak to any husky owners who have recently come across an English pointer so I can’t confirm this as much as other breeds above.
Good Characteristics To Keep In Mind:
Although the list above contains only 10, there are still many more breeds that go well with huskies. It all depends on some basic characteristics.
Of course, it’s important to know that every dog is different and some traits you expect a certain breed to have, may not actually have it. All dogs differ in their personality so it’s vital to keep that in mind.
The best type of breed for your husky would be:
- Extremely outgoing
- Similar physical size (not smaller)
- Naturally sociable
- Not territorial
- Likes rough play
- Average-high intelligence
- Preferably not stubborn
- Obedient (encouraging for your husky)
Most breeds with these traits will get along well with a husky. But, you’ll never really know until you get the two to meet for real!
Are Huskies Good With Other Dogs?
As this is often asked I wanted to cover this question specifically before wrapping up.
This is asked so frequently, that it would seem there is a preconceived notion that huskies are not good with other dogs…
Huskies are mostly excellent with other dogs, as long as they have received plenty of socialization from a young age.
The appearance of huskies seems to, unfortunately, hold them back, with many other dog owners viewing them as a dangerous or unfriendly breed. We know, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Huskies are in fact one of the most naturally friendly breeds out there, towards other dogs and strangers. Of course, every husky is different and the way they are raised plays a big part in their developed friendliness.
Are Huskies Better in Pairs
It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Yes, probably (definitely) the best second dog for your husky would be another husky.
Now, it’s worth mentioning there is yet to be any scientific evidence to support the idea that dogs can recognize their own breed. As far as we know, they still cannot.
So although your husky supposedly doesn’t know they’re next to another husky, they do naturally get along with each other better than all other breeds.
For thousands of years, huskies lived in packs, sometimes more than 10 strong, and especially back in Siberia, they would have all been Siberian huskies. So, It’s not hard to believe that huskies have a special connection with each other.
Due to this pack-life way of living, huskies hate being alone and have a strong desire to have company at all times. This is also another good reason why having two huskies, that can support each other, is better than having just one.
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Are Huskies Good With Little Dogs?
This is a very popular question and it’s somewhat difficult to give a definitive answer.
After knowing what huskies can be like, adding a small or miniature breed to your family may not be such a good idea.
A husky’s prey drive can be so strong that even a small dog can trigger the instinctive predatory sequence built into huskies.
For your husky, having a small or miniature breed dog would be no different from having a cat or bunny rabbit. Very tempting.
So what makes that a difficult answer? well, of course, there are exceptions to this and I even know someone personally here in the Philippines who has a husky and a Jack Russell, and they love each other to bits. They even sleep with each other, it’s very cute.
It comes down to each individual dog, how they are introduced and the way you train them to respect each other as valid members of the family.
So, yes, from experience I know that is possible for huskies to get along with small breed dogs, but generally, it’s not recommended
The Benefit Of Doggy Play Groups
Just as I mentioned above, you won’t really know what breed your husky gets along with the most until they meet face to face.
For example, while most huskies get along with labradors, there’s still a chance that your husky might just have something against labs… The only way you’ll know is by having some real interaction in some doggy playgroups, or at your local park where there are other dogs.
Doggy playgroups are becoming more and more popular every year. They’re awesome for building socializing skills and they provide extremely valuable mental stimulation.
You can find out if there are any doggy playgroups near to you with a quick Google search. If none appear in your local area, search for local dog parks as an alternative.
Try your best to initiate some interaction with other dogs and their owners. You can then gauge how your husky reacts to whatever dog they have.
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So there you have it, you should now have a solid idea of what breeds will work best with a husky, and you have a few ideas on how to go about testing their compatibility.
If you are in the process of getting a second dog for your husky OR you already have multiple dogs, please comment below, I would love to hear your story.
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Wednesday 24th of June 2020
We have a lovely 9 year old Husky named Blue. Blue is male and not yet neutered. He enjoys hunting small animals and running about the property. He is generally very friendly and well-mannered around guests. However, he occasionally breaks out of the yard which really concerns us. We do not want him to show a new dog this behavior.
I have noticed that in the last few weeks his energy levels have substantially decreased. And he is not eating well anymore. He also seems quite sad and bored and is not interested in playing with us (his human friends). We used to have an older Border Collie-Jack Russel mix who played the role of his mom for the first few years of his life, but unfortunately she passed away three years ago. He has been alone ever since and the family has been thinking of getting another puppy or older dog to be his companion. Blue is not well trained and can be quite mischievous at times, but as I mentioned he is getting older and we are worried that he is lonely. Would bringing in an older rescue for example be risky? Would the gender of the new dog impact how well they get along? Or would it be a better bet to get a puppy?
Thursday 25th of June 2020
That's a great question, I will try my best to give you a good answer!
One thing that stands out to me is that you mentioned you noticed only in the last few weeks his energy has decreased and he has a lack of appetite. It may not be cause for concern but I would double check with a veterinarian that Blue is ok, when things change like that (especially energy levels and appetite) it may indicate some kind of underlying issue. That's not always the case but it really does help to rule out anything health-related from the get-go.
When it comes to dogs that have lost a companion it can be hard when getting a new dog (puppy) sometimes it works well instantly and there's an instant bond, and other times there are big issues accepting the new dog as a family member and having to share everything with essentially an (unknown) dog.
If you were to opt for a puppy then Blue's behavior would definitely have an impact on the puppy's behavior too. Puppies will automatically look up to the older dog and try to do what they do, pretty much just like a couple of kids where one is older than the other. They pull rank and have influence! But just because Blue sometimes misbehaves it's not the end of the world. While you're training your new puppy, Blue can take part too and it could end up being a wonderful way to not only bond both of them, but also train them. That being said, at 9 years old Blue might not want to know.
My only other apprehension would be Blue's age, 9 isn't that old but it does usually end up being the case that older dogs are less tolerant of new super excitable puppies. Their energy levels and desire to play are very different. It's always important to monitor how the puppy is interacting with the older dog, sometimes they annoy them with their antics, and this would likely be the case especially if you mentioned that Blue's energy is decreasing.
And as for the puppy, I fully support rescuing dogs 100% but when you already have a 9 year old, it's important to think about how the new puppy will affect them. If you do decide to get a puppy I would get one from a reputable breeder. At least that way you have a better chance of a well-behaved puppy from the start. Rescue pups may be problematic in a whole range of ways you have to be fully ready for. I don't think that would be good for Blue.
Usually gender IS important and I would suggest getting the opposite sex, but as Blue is a little older, a male puppy perhaps wouldn't be too much of an issue. This depends on Blue's temperament. I would stick to a female considering you used to have a female
To summarize, it's not impossible but there are certainly challenges bringing in a new dog to the household. First I would make sure blue is all healthy and good to go, then think about the options. It can be done and many people bring get new dogs at all stages. If you have the time to monitor both of them and are able to train them then there shouldn't be an issue. It may take Blue a while to accept the new puppy, but after that, the pup would definitely act as a support to Blue.
I hope this helps! Harry
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Sunday 14th of June 2020
Hi! I'm getting a Siberian female puppy. I already have a Jack Russell Terrier male. The Jack Russell is fully trained, was a rescue dog, and previously an emotional support dog. With that said, he's a complete sweetheart and can be trusted (to go outside with me unleashed). He likes rough play. After reading your articles, I am not sure now if the puppy will get along with the Jack Russell?
Tuesday 16th of June 2020
Thank you for your message, I will try my best to help!
Well, although jack Russells are small, if he's the resident dog so to speak, it can make a difference. In terms of pack hierarchy, in the beginning your jack Russell will assume to be the boss and it could make things a little difficult for your husky puppy in the beginning. But that's to be expected, it's all about introducing them slowly and in the correct ways. Using methods that encourage your jack Russell to understand that your new husky puppy is there for good and is an equal valued member of the pack. I don't think there will be too much of an issue, especially if you know he's trained and is a sweetheart, after the initial teething periods of getting to know each other, I believe it can work out. Enjoying rough play is perfect, a husky puppy will soon get in to full swing of the rough play, female or male so that would be welcomed.
You did mention that he's well trained but how are his social skills? does he befriend other dogs or show aggression upon meeting them? If his reactions are positive to dogs he's never met before then I wouldn't be worried at all.
There will always some difficulty in the beginning but as long as basic safety procedures are carried out and you continue to do some research when it comes to introducing new dogs to each other, there shouldn't be too many issues :)
Please feel free to message me further Harry
Friday 29th of May 2020
Well we have a lovely boy nueted 16months old Husky Cross malamute i work I'm not out for long but Khan crys n howls when I leave he's great with my child n family we go on long walks n have large garden has plenty of room to find he's needs.. Not sure what to say next but I think he may need a playmate as I play with him all the time but he keeps barking at me when I sit down n rest as I'm Asthmatic not allergic to he's fur. He isant trained as such but he's clean n he's not aggressive over any of he's toys or bones. I think it's a good idea to get him a play mate to share he's home /family with. Another question to ask as he's still young what age do I consider the other dog? Thank you so much ♥️
Sunday 31st of May 2020
Hello Mandy! Thank you for your comment! Let me do my best to help. So first of all Khan sounds lovely, and he seems like he's in a great home. The issue with him crying when you leave him is quite normal. Huskies in general do not like being left alone, but it doesn't mean to say they can have company 24/7 as that is not practical. I mean, if really want a second dog then that's great and I'm sure Khan would definitely appreciate that. But the issue of him crying when you leave could be resolved with some simple separation training. https://www.myhappyhusky.com/how-to-keep-your-husky-happy-when-alone/ I have a section here explaining how to start separation training.
Although many people prefer to wait until their primary dog is completely trained before getting a second dog, as this makes life a lot easier. Training will be faster with the second dog and the second dog can even learn good habits from your trained dog, but Khan isn't trained. As for age, you could get a second dog already. The earliest recommended age is 1 year, and Khan is older than that. So technically you could get Khan a playmate now. If it was me, I would try to train Khan a little more for a couple of months, just to get some extra obedience and good habits formed, before getting a second dog
I hope this helps!