National Pet Look-alike Day
Think you know your dog breeds? For National Look Alike Day, AnimalPlex has compiled this handy little list of dog breeds that we think look very much alike. See if you can tell which picture belongs to which breed before you scroll.
Border Collie or Australian Shepherd?
The Border Collie and the Australian Shepherd are both incredibly intelligent working and herding dog breeds and while genetic research has linked the two breeds closely together, there are some very minimal differences. Australian Shepherds generally weigh a bit more and have a stockier frame than Border Collies. The Border Collie is sometimes known to be more timid than Australian Shepherds, but is also thought to be more intelligent.
Boston Terrier or French Bulldog?
Cute little snub-nosed snouts, big eyes and natural “smiles” are a few of the features shared by both the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog. However, the Boston Terrier a slightly taller breed with longer legs and a more slender body. The head of a Boston Terrier is also rounder with more pointed ears, unlike the more square-shaped head and rounded ears of a French Bulldog.
Brittany or Irish Setter?
Both the Brittany Spaniel and the Irish Setter are loyal family and hunting companions, but the Irish Setter excels when it comes to agility and tracking events. Much larger than the Brittany Spaniel, the Irish Setter has a fine medium coat of red or deep chestnut with some variations including white. The Brittany Spaniel can be seen in a variety of colors, including black, white, and multi-colored with spots and patches.
Collie or Shetland Sheepdog?
People often refer to both of these herding breeds as Collies, but the Shetland Sheepdog is a dwarf in comparison to the Collie. Both breeds were bred out of Border Collies to produce two very different sizes with the beautiful trademark Collie coat and personality. A Shetland Sheepdog can weigh as little as 14 pounds and stand under 16 inches tall, while Collie can reach up to 26 inches tall and weigh up to a whopping 75 pounds.
German Shepherd or Belgian Sheepdog?
The Belgian Sheepdog and German Shepherd are two of the most commonly mistaken dog breeds. At first glance, their size, coat type, and coloring, and body structure may appear identical. However, the Belgian Sheepdog’s coat is generally denser, longer, and comes in a variety of colors from black, brindle, cream, and fawn. The German Shepherd’s coat is also quite dense but not as long as the Belgian Sheepdog, and typically comes in black, white, or black and tan.
Husky or Malamute?
Although a beautiful wolf-like appearance is common to both the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute, close inspection reveals several key differences between these breeds. The Siberian Husky is much smaller in body stature and has a more narrow head than the Alaskan Malamute. Another key difference can be seen between the Siberian Husky’s sickle-shape tail and the Alaskan Malamute’s more curled and over-the-back tail.
Italian Greyhound or Whippet?
Italian Greyhounds and Whippets are both very skinny, dainty little fast dog breeds but the Whippet is a little bit larger in size. With a maximum height and weight of 19 inches and 20 pounds the small Whippet seems to tower over an Italian Greyhound which is no larger than 13 inches and 7 pounds. However, both breeds are very energetic and will need constant exercising in order to stay healthy.
Shih Tzu or Lhasa Apso?
To the untrained eye, the matching beautiful long coats and friendly little “smiles” make the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso look exactly alike. However, there are a couple of differences to take note of. For starters, the hair on a Shih Tzu is a little bit softer and often shorter than a Lhasa Apso. One other difference is that a Lhasa Apso has a slightly less rounded and more narrow head than a Shih Tzu.
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