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Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer" Compare Alaskan Husky and Border Collie. Which is better: Alaskan Husky or Border Collie or Standard Schnauzer?
Name Alaskan Husky Border Collie Standard Schnauzer
OriginsUnited States England Scotland Wales Germany
Group Sled Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank4953890
Reviews040
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Other Names Husky (Alaskan) Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$1500 $600-$800 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Coat Dense Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Wiry
Colors Gray White Blonde Orange Black Black & White Tricolor Tan Blue merle Blue merle-tricolor Slate merle Red merle Black Brindle Gold Lilac Red Sable Sable Merle Saddleback Sable White & Blue White & Blue Merle White & Red White & Red Merle White Ticked Seal Slate White & Gold White & Sable White & Seal Pepper Salt Black
Grooming
Average: The Alaskan Husky requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Alaskan Huskys shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Temperament Agile Energetic Protective Alert Powerful Sensitive Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Devoted Intelligent Playful Good-natured Lively Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Standard Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Standard Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Alaskan Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Standard Schnauzers are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Standard Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Standard Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Border Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Standard Schnauzers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Standard Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Standard Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Standard Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Standard Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Standard Schnauzers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Alaskan Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Standard Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Alaskan Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Standard Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Health Issues
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Health Problems Hyperthyroidism Laryngeal Paresis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Follicular Dermatitis Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Standard Schnauzers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Standard Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Low.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Standard Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Alaskan Husky vs Border Collie vs Standard Schnauzer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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