These dogs are two of the biggest dogs in the world. But otherwise, they are very different. There is obvious difference in their appearance. Irish Wolfhounds have shaggy rough coat and bearded face and their ears are carried back. They can be in gray, white, brindle, black or red colour. On the other hand, Great Dane can also be blue, harlequin or mantle and their coat is very short. You will often time see Great Dane with cropped ears, but naturally they fold forward.
I was talking about their appearance, but i didnt mention their size. So, which one is actually bigger? It might look like easy question, but its not that easy to answer, because bigger can mean taller but also heavier. On average, Irish Wolfhound is little bit taller than Great Dane. Irish Wolfhound average height is 85 cm and Great Danes is 80 cms.
But the Guiness World Record belongs to Great Dane named Zeus, who was 111 cms tall! But Great Danes are heavier on average and its not a small difference. Healthy Great Dane outweighs his opponent by about 15 kilograms. So its hard to say, which breed is bigger, because Irsh wolfhound tend to be taller than Great Danes, who are on average heavier.
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Its very easy to mistake French Bulldog with Boston Terrier. Those two breeds are very similar. But there are important differences between them.
The reason, why french bulldog and boston terrier have similar appearance is, that they have common ancestor, which is English Bulldog. Boston Terrier was bred in USA by crossin English Bulldog with English Terrier. But we dont know much about origin of French bulldog, we just know, that English Bulldog was involved in it.
Frenchies are taller and heavier than Boston Terrier, with weight around 12 kgs. Boston Terriers come in several different sizes, but they normally weighs between 7 to 11 kgs. Both breeds have squashed face, but French bulldog has bat ears while boston terrier has smaller and more compact ears.
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Greyhounds and Whippets. One of the fastest dogs in the world, that look very similar. Not only that they look similar, their personalities are also alike. It makes a lot of sense, since both are descendats of the same dog - English Greyhound. They share their characteristics with some other sighthounds like Borzoi or Afghan Hound. So what is the difference?
The biggest difference in their appearance is their size. But its quite big difference. If you will see Greyhound and Whippet standing next to each other, the Greyhound will be always the bigger one. Adult Greyhound weighs around 30 kgs, but Whippet only something around 10 kgs. Male Whippet will measure 55 cm and Greyhound are almost always higher than 70 cms.
If we will talk about personality, there is one bigger difference, which is, how active they are. Both dogs are couch potatoes, but Whippets are more active than Greyhounds. Greyhound will typically go for a walk and than spend the rest of the day just sleeping and resting. Whippets likes to play more, they like longer walks and they are just more active overall.
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Akita Inu and Shiba Inu - two of the six ancient Japanese breeds and two that are the most popular in the world. They share together a lot of traits and characteristics. They have similarities in both, appearance and temperament, but there are still big differences between them.
They look pretty similar, but there is one huge difference, that is their size. Akita is almost twice as big as Shiba! Akita is largest Japanese Spitz with height around 65 cm, Shiba is smallest Japanese spitz with height only around 35 cm.
The temperament is also pretty similar, Akitas are very loyal, protective and dominant. They are friendly inside their pack but they are often agressive against other animals. Those are amazing characteristics for being great guard dog. They also have strong prey drive, but that is true for shiba inu also.
Shibas are very independent dogs and they are reserved with strangers. Shiba Inu is, just like Akita very protective and loyal dog and they are also very territorial. Shibas are more energetic and they requieres more exercise than Akita, but they are not that playful. Shiba is also less stubborn than Akita.
Watch our video comparsion between Shiba Inu and Akita Inu and learn more.
These two dogs are very similar yet so different. On a photo its sometimes very hard to recognize, if it is Husky or Malamute. But if you would see them standing next to each other, you would never make a mistake and always recognize them.
It is because the biggest difference between them is their size. Alaskan Malamute is much much bigger than Siberian Husky. They height around 60 cm, while Husky height only about 55 cm. That does not sound like much difference, but Malamute is much more muscular.
Another difference is their eye colour. If you will see a dog and you will not know if it is Husky or Malamute and he will have blue eyes, you can be sure, that it is a Husky. Malamutes have brown eyes – never blue! Malamutes also have bigger and rounder heads – almost like a wolf or bear. Husky head is more snippier – like a fox head.
If you want to learn more about differences between Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky - not only in their appearance, but also in their history or personality, watch this video: