Rottweiler vs. Siberian Husky: 7 Key Differences

Written by Amber LaRock
Updated: October 5, 2023
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Rottweilers and Siberian Huskies are two of the most popular domestic dog breeds. Though each of them have captured the hearts of dog lovers around the globe, they couldn’t be more different! While the Rottweiler is dignified and protective, the Siberian Husky is vocal and goofy.

There are quite a few major contrasts between these pups, so let’s break down seven key differences between the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky below!

Rottweiler vs. Siberian Husky: 7 Key Differences

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While the Rottweiler is dignified and protective, the Siberian Husky is vocal and goofy.

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There are numerous characteristics that set the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky apart. Let’s discuss their differences in appearance, personality, health, trainability, and more!

#1 Appearance

Rottweiler: The adult Rottweiler is known to stand up to 26 inches in height, and can weigh anywhere from 80 to 115 pounds. They have a sense double coat that is shiny and smooth, and they typically sport a black coat color with rust markings.

Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky is typically 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere from 36 to 60 pounds when fully grown. They have a thick coat that comes in a variety of colors, but they are known to have striking mask markings on their face.

#2 Temperament & Personality

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Huskies are known for being incredibly vocal and will often howl and whine when experiencing any emotions.

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Rottweiler: The Rottweiler is typically confident and laid back. They are known for being bold and courageous when needed, and they feel a strong sense of loyalty to their owners. These pups are often a bit intimidating to strangers, but they happily display gentleness and affection with their family. Though a well-rounded adult Rottweiler can be a bit cool and distant at times, they can still be goofy with those they love.

Siberian Husky: Siberian Huskies are known for being incredibly friendly and downright goofy. They thrive on human company and time spent with loved ones, and they will do anything to get their owner’s attention. These pups are incredibly vocal, so they will often howl and whine when they want attention.

#3 Trainability

Rottweiler: Rottweilers are an intelligent breed that seek the praise of their owners, so they are often quite easy to train. However, it’s important to focus on socialization along with their basic obedience training, as the Rottweiler can struggle with aggression towards other people or animals if they are not well socialized. It’s best to socialize them as soon as they enter your home.

Siberian Husky: The Husky was originally bred for work purposes and is highly trainable because of it. They are intelligent and quick to learn, but they are known to get easily distracted. As long as you offer your Husky a training program that is positive and engaging, the Husky will thrive!

#4 Exercise Needs

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Most Rottweilers needs at least 45 minutes of exercise each day.

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Rottweiler: The Rottweiler is a powerful pup that needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation each day to feel fulfilled. Most Rottweilers needs at least 45 minutes of exercise each day. They enjoy going on walks, playing games of fetch, or playing any interactive game with their owners.

Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky is highly energetic. They need at least 45 minutes of daily exercise to feel fulfilled, and if they don’t get that, they often participate in undesirable behaviors. A Husky with pent up energy may struggle with excessive howling and destructive behaviors.

#5 Health & Lifespan

Rottweiler: Most Rottweilers live a generally healthy life of anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Though they live long and happy lives, they are prone to a few health complications. This includes osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, allergies, osteosarcoma, hypothyroidism, and cardiac disease.

Siberian Husky: The average Siberian Husky lifespan is 12 to 15 years. Though most Huskies have a healthy lifespan, there are a list of medical complications the Husky is predisposed to. This includes cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and epilepsy.

#6 Relationships With Other Dogs

The Rottweiler needs to be introduced to new people, animals, places, and sounds as early on as possible.

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Rottweiler: All Rottweilers should be socialized from a young age to prevent any complications with future canine interactions. The Rottweiler’s protective instincts can make interactions with new dogs difficult if they are not well-socialized, so you will always need to exercise caution. You should also be very careful with any small pets around the Rottweiler.

Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky is known to be friendly with other dogs, however, many Huskies need to learn how to engage with other dogs in an appropriate manner. Many Huskies bounce off the wall with energy and push boundaries, and this can easily frustrate other dogs.

#7 Relationships With Children

Rottweiler: The Rottweiler is known for being a gentle giant when it comes to kids. As long as your child knows how to interact with dogs in a safe and respectful way, then your Rottweiler will likely be happy to have them around.

Siberian Husky: Siberian Huskies tend to be very tolerant with children. Just be sure to watch your Husky around any small children, as their energetic zoomies may knock a small child down.

Final Thoughts On Rottweiler & Siberian Husky Differences

As you can see, there are quite a few major differences between the beloved Rottweiler and Siberian Husky. Be sure to review the information above to determine which canine friend is best for your family!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © u4f_tol/Shutterstock.com

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Amber LaRock is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics surrounding pet health and behavior. Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with 12 years of experience in the field, and she holds a degree in veterinary technology that she earned in 2015. A resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Amber enjoys volunteering with animal rescues, reading, and taking care of her two cats.

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