Huskies are man’s best friend and wolves are fearsome predators. However, both are pretty amazing animals in their own right with unique and fascinating traits. In this article, we will compare the specifics of what makes wolf a wolf and what makes a husky a husky before figuring out which one would win in a fight.
What is a Wolf?
The wolf also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. They have pointed ears, elongated snouts, and bushy tails that curl behind them as a means of expression. The average wolf typically weighs somewhere between 80 and 160 pounds. Wolves can live up to 13 years in the wild, but most die long before that age.
What is a Husky?
Husky is a general term for a dog used in the polar regions and primarily used as sled dogs. Historically, Huskies have continued to be used in sled-dog racing and for transportation in rural communities. A Siberian husky with a thick fur coat weighs around 35 to 60 pounds and stand 20-24 inches. It is usually gray or black and white with blue or multi-colored eyes. They have a great sense of smell, sight and sound.
|Length||2 meters or. 6.6 feet long||Specific size unknown, but they are considered being a medium-sized dog|
|Weight||14 to 65 kilograms or 31 to 143 lbs.||45 to 60 pounds for a male and 35 to 50 pounds for a female|
|Height||76 cm or 30 inches||21 to 23.5 inches for a male and 20 to 22 inches for a female|
|Habitat||North America, Eurasia/ Tundra, woodlands, forest, grasslands, and desert habitats||Huskies can be found all over the world, including in different environments. They are domesticated animals, so they are very adaptable to different environments.|
|Bite Power||400 PSI||320 PSI|
|Speed||31 to 37 mph||30 mph|
|Color||Combination of white, brown, gray, and black||Black, white, and mixtures of black, white, tan, grey, red, agouti and sable.|
|Sound||Howling, whimpering, growling, and barking.||Barking, howling, and whining.|
|Paws||Large, oval paws with four toes. Long middle toe.||Webbed paws with a small triangle shaped patch of skin joining each toe.|
|Senses||Strong sense of smell, can see in the dark and process rapid movement, and can hear high-pitched sounds.||Great sense of smell, sight (though they are not good at distinguishing colors), and sound.|
Wolf vs Husky [Differences & Strength Comparison]
In this section, we will take a deeper look at the chart and delve into the differences between a wolf and a husky before finally figuring out which one would be the one to win in a fight.
Wolf vs Husky: Family
The wolves and husky both belong to the canine family. Wolves are native to North America and Europe/Asia. There are 38 subspecies, which is pretty impressive when you think about it.
For huskies, there are 5 breeds in the family or subspecies. They are the Alaskan husky, Labrador Husky, Mackenzie River Husky, Sakhalin Husky, and Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky, which is probably the most well-known due to sled-dog racing. Unlike wolves, Huskies can be found all over the world because they are domesticated animals and are bred in different places.
Wolf vs Husky: Size
Wolves are the largest living member of the canine family so you can imagine that they are of larger size. A male wolf is usually around 2 meters or. 6.6 feet long. This also includes the tail. Females are about 20 percent smaller than males.
While the specific size of a husky is unknown, they are considered to be medium-sized breed dog. The other dogs that fall in this category are Labrador Retrievers, Poodle, Collie, Boxer, etc. We only mention this so you can get a basic idea of what a medium-sized dog means.
Wolf vs Husky: Weight
When you are considering the weight of an object or creature, it refers to how heavy it is. The wolf can range from 14 to 65 kilograms, or 31 to 143 pounds. They are the largest in the canine family so this is to be expected. Female wolves are also large in their own right, but they are approximately 20 percent smaller than male wolves.
For a husky, their weight range is about 45 to 60 pounds for a male and 35 to 50 pounds for a female. They are pretty decent-sized dogs but compared to a wolf they are on the lighter side.
Wolf vs Husky: Height
Once again, the wolf is larger than its canine counterpart. A wolf stands roughly about 76 centimeters or 30 inches tall at around the shoulder. They measure height by how tall an animal stands when it is on all of its legs starting from the shoulder.
A husky’s height ranges from 21 to 23.5 inches for a male and 20 to 22 inches for a female. It is not that much shorter than a wolf, say, compared to a fox, but there still is a noticeable size difference if you were looking at the two of them side by side.
Wolf vs Husky: Habitat
A wolf is found mostly in North America and Europe/Asia. In America, they are specially found in states like Alaska, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, and even Arizona or New Mexico. For their habitat, wolves can survive in the woodlands, forest, grasslands, deserts, and the tundra.
The huskies’ habitat and location differs from that of a wild animal like the wolf because they are domesticated animals and have been domesticated by humans for centuries. They can be found all over the world and can adapt to different environments. This may be somewhat surprising because when people think of huskies, they automatically think of places like Alaska and other cold environments.
Wolf vs Husky: Food
Wolves are carnivores (meat eaters) and especially love eating large, hoofed animals like bison, elk, deer, and moose. They will also eat smaller animals that include such animals like beavers, mice, rats, and hares.
Huskies, unlike wolves, are omnivores and consume a mixture of meat and plant products so their diet is much more varied. The typical diet for a husky is usually some mix of hard and/or wet food purchased from vets, grocery stores, pet stores, etc. They can also eat eggs, apples, blueberries, bananas, bread, bones, broccoli, beef, brown rice, chicken, and oranges.
Wolf vs Husky: Bite Power
Wolves have the most powerful bite power or pressure per square inch that can be found in the canine species. Their bite power or PSI is all the way at 406. This is no surprise given that they hunt large, hoofed animals. If something that large is going to be hunted, the predator needs to make sure they have the power to back up the hunt.
For huskies, their PSI is surprisingly pretty strong and nearly rivals a wolf, although they are much smaller than wolves. A husky PSI can get to 320.
Wolf vs Husky: Speed
A wolf’s speed can fall between 31 to 37 mph. There are a lot of factors that play a part in determining a wolf’s top speed, but those numbers are the average for all the wolf subspecies out there.
The husky can get up to 30 mph. This should not come as much of a shock because huskies are often used as sled dogs in places like Alaska, Canada, and other places where you need an alternate way to travel through snow.
Wolf vs Husky: Color
A wolf is usually a mixture of colors. This includes white, brown, grey, and black, but there are some subspecies of wolves in the arctic region that are completely white.
For the husky breed of dogs, there are a lot more variations of different colors you will find. They can be black, white, and mixtures of black, white, tan, grey, red, agouti and sable. Agouti refers to a gene that is common in animals and this includes dogs. The sable color is actually more of a color pattern than an actual solid color believe it or not. Basically, for a sable pattern, the hair on a dog is lighter at the base than at the tip.
Wolf vs Husky: Sound
Wolves communicate with howling, whimpering, barking, and growling. There could even be a mixture of sounds like a bark-howl or growl-bark.A typical sound that people think of when they think of wolves is a howl. Now they howl, but they also make sounds other than howling.
Huskies make the typical sound you would think dogs make. They make such sounds like barking, howling, and whining. This is all pretty normal.
Wolf vs Husky: Paws
Wolves have four toes and an oval-shaped paw. For the specifics of their paw, you find that the middle toe of a wolf is usually longer, with some webbing that can be found between the toes.
A husky paw is webbed with a small triangle shaped patch of skin joining each toe. The interesting thing about the way a husky paw is that this development makes it easier for them to travel across snow and similar surfaces.
Wolf vs Husky: Senses
The wolf has very heightened senses all around. Their sense of smell is very strong, and their eyes can see well in the dark, letting them process rapid movement. With their hearing, they can hear high-pitched sounds, which we cannot hear.
Huskies have a great sense of smell, sight (though they are not good at distinguishing colors), and the ability to hear sounds. It might not be as strong as a wolf, but it is still pretty impressive if we compare it to a human’s senses.
Our senses are truly dull compared to a husky or a wolf’s senses!
Who Would Win in a Fight? Wolf or Husky
Finally, we have reached the question we posed at the beginning of this article. A fight between a wolf or a husky might never happen in reality, but it is still an interesting thing to consider. So which animal would actually win if a fight were to break out?
Well, if a fight breaks out between a wolf and a husky, the honor belongs to the wolf. Now a husky is pretty impressive and has a very strong bite power for such a smaller animal. They could probably cause some damage to the wolf. The problem is that a wolf is larger, and its bite power is stronger than that of a husky bite power. In the end, the husky would end up not being able to push off a fight because of these reasons.
If there were a pack of huskies against one wolf, then the odds may be in the favor of the huskies. A wolf could still cause a bit of damage, but if all of them are attacking the wolf together, it does not look good for the wolf. One on one though? The wolf is going to win no question.
Still, let us just take a moment to appreciate how tough the husky is. They may be brushed aside because they are domesticated animals. However, you need to remember that they still are animals and did come from wild animals. This is something people tend to forget for their pets like cats and dogs.
Just look at their teeth one day when they yawn. This will certainly remind you of how dangerous they can get and make you think twice during a cuddle session between you and your darling pet!
And there we have it all of our dear readers out there. We discussed what makes a wolf a wolf and what makes a husky a husky. They are both impressive animals in their own right, but as great as a husky is, they just are not as large as wolves.
Wolves are bigger in every sense of the word and have a stronger bite. Though, a husky bite is pretty darn impressive if you remember. So, a wolf may come out the winner, but the husky is the one who is the winner in all of our hearts.