Dog Breeds Everyone Always Gets Confused

October 14, 2020

With look-alike coats, their markings, and body build,it’s so easy to confuse dogs or certain breeds with others.Take a closer look at six pairs of dogs that look remarkably similar to each other, but are actually completely different breeds.Can you tell these dogs apart?

1. Alaskan Malamute vs. Siberian Husky

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Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies were both developed as working dogs for cold, snowy climates — hence their thick, double-layer coats.

However their places of origin differ. Alaskan Malamutes were first used by the Inuit of the Mahlemut tribes, native to Alaska, for hunting and hauling large game. Siberian Huskies, meanwhile, were first bred by the Chukchi people of Northeast Asia and were used as endurance sled dogs.

So how can you tell them apart? The easiest difference to spot is their tails. A Malamute’s pluming tail curls over his back, while a Husky’s tail does not curl to either side of the body, nor does it snap flat against the back.

2. Belgian Malinois vs. German Shepherd Dog

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Belgian Malinois and German shepherd dogs similar in size with similar fur coloring, but they also both often do military and police work. However, the Belgian was developed in Belgium (obviously) for herding and has been adapted for service work recently, whereas the German shepherd has been bred to be a utility dog from the very beginning. However,the Malinois are more slender, smaller, lighter, and have shorter hair in comparison to the German shepherds.

3.Collie vs. Shetland Sheepdog

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Collies(Rihgt) are larger, weighing 50 to 75 pounds and standing 22 to 26 inches tall. Shelties, as they’re nicknamed, weigh 20 to 25 pounds and stand 13 to 16 inches tall. A Collie has a long, lean muzzle; the Sheltie’s head is shorter and has a more blunt wedge shape. Both come in sable, tricolor or blue merle coats, but Collies can also be white with colored markings.

4.Puli vs. Komondor

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You can probably come up with a lot of names for these two types of dog breeds:adorable cords, shaggy sweeties or mushy mops. The coats of both the Puli and Komondor require lots of attention, but Puli parents will have less of it to do as it is a little nugget of 17 inches in height and 35 pounds compared to the Komondor who stands about 27 inches and is 100 pounds or more. Pulis earned the reputation for being the “acrobat of the dog world” for being agile and nimble on their feet. Komondors are quick on their feet too, but generally prefer to sit on the sidelines protecting their family.

5.Boston terrier vs. French bulldog

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You can distinguish a Boston Terrier from a Frenchie by color or body shape. Boston Terriers have a distinct black-and-white “tuxedo” pattern that includes white on their faces. In comparison to Boston terriers, Frenchies are usually built with a larger bone structure and are generally more muscular, whereas Boston terriers have longer legs and come with tuxedo-style markings.


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