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With hundreds of dog breeds around the world, it’s no wonder they get confused from time to time! Here’s how to recognize 16 dog breeds commonly confused with each other, so you won’t make the mistake when you come across them.

If we like all breeds of dogs, they all have their particularities! These 16 dog breeds are often confused with each other because of their physical similarities. Don’t make the mistake again thanks to this information which will allow you to differentiate them!

The Labrador Retriever vs. the Golden Retriever

A Labrador retriever A Golden retriever

Sociable, obedient and affectionate, the Golden and the Labrador are close in temperament and physique, although each dog is different, regardless of breed.

However, the Golden has longer hair than that of the Labrador, especially on the tail which is particularly fluffy. Also, the Labrador has a more muscular build than the Golden.

The Beagle vs. the American Foxhound

A Beagle and an American Foxhound
A Beagle An American Foxhound

These two breeds of dogs do not like solitude, but the American Foxhound will be more comfortable with other dogs, while the Beagle will attach more easily to its human family.

When it comes to telling them apart physically, just look at their size: the Beagle is smaller and lighter, and as long as it is tall. It is generally between 33 and 40 cm in height, and weighs between 12 and 17 kg.

The American Foxhound is a large dog: 56 to 64 cm for the male and 53 to 61 cm for the female, for a weight of 30 to 34 kg for the male and 28 to 32 kg for the female. He is generally thinner than the Beagle.

The Husky vs the Alaskan Malamute

A Husky and a Malamute
A Husky An Alaskan Malamute

These two breeds have experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, by dint of being represented in series and films like Twilight Where Game Of Thrones.

Being both primitive dogs, the Husky and the Malamute are often confused even though they are quite easy to tell apart, even though they both love to howl like wolves!

Generally speaking, the Malamute is more powerful and stocky than the Husky, in addition to being more dominant and stubborn. It is the largest of the sled dogs, and it must not have blue eyes, unlike the Husky whose eyes can be blue, brown, minnows or heterochromia.

The Husky, on the other hand, is a medium-sized dog, and it is leaner, faster and tougher than its Alaskan cousin, the Malamute.

The Komondor vs the Puli

a puli dog and a komondor
A Komondor A Puli

These two sheepdogs are often confused because of their distinctive coats, which are quite difficult to maintain. Indeed, the cords of their coats should never be brushed, but they must be helped to structure themselves and undo the knots regularly!

The Puli is much more affectionate and demonstrative than the Komondor, which can be recognized by its large size: between 65 and 80 cm and 50 to 60 kg for the male and 55 and 70 cm and 40 to 50 kg for the female.

Shiba Inu vs Akita Inu

A Shiba Inu and an Akita Inu
A Shiba Inu An Akita Inu

The major difference between these two dog breeds is their size. The Shiba Inu is much smaller than the Akita, which weighs between 30 and 50 kilos when fully grown.

In addition, the Shiba barks easily, which makes him a good guardian, while the Akita barks little, being a calm and discreet dog. But both of these dog breeds tend to be stubborn!

Bernese Mountain Dog vs Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

A Bernese Mountain Dog and a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
A Bernese Mountain Dog A Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
photo credit Manuela Rauschning

Both from Switzerland, these molossians have a lot in common: they are both tricolor (fire black with white on the chest, on the head and on the feet) with a drooping tail and a strong guarding instinct.

To differentiate them, you should know that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is heavier and larger than the Bernese Mountain Dog: a male can weigh up to 60kg! Also, the Bernese Mountain Dog is the only mountain dog to have a semi-long hair.

The Vizsla vs the Rhodesian Ridgeback

A Vizsla and a Rhodesian Ridgeback
A Vizsla A Rhodesian Ridgeback

Muscular and with a beautiful short and smooth coat, these hunting dogs catch the eye of all those who meet them! The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be an excellent companion, hunting or guard dog, while the Vizsla, or Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, is not temperamentally suited to guarding.

Physically, they can be easily differentiated by the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s characteristic dorsal ridge that starts just behind the shoulders and runs to the point of the hip, with two crowns on each side.

Italian Greyhound vs Whippet

a whippet and an Italian greyhound
An Italian Greyhound A Whippet

These two greyhounds are born hunters, slender and lightning fast, even if they have now become pets.

The Italian Greyhound is very light: it weighs about 5 kilos as an adult, for a size that is between 32 and 38 cm. The Whippet is a medium-sized dog, weighing around 13 kilos.


The next time you see a dog of one of these breeds, you will have all the information to guess its breed without making a mistake!

Also read: 10 breeds of dogs that prefer to take a nap rather than play sports!


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