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Alaskan Malamute Vs. Siberian Husky: Which Dog Makes a Better Pet?

Alaskan Malamute Vs. Siberian Husky: Which Makes a Better Pet?
If you are considering having cute white canine fur balls as pets, then the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky top the list. DogAppy will give you a detailed comparison on both breeds so that you can choose the best.
Mary Anthony
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
Did You Know?
The term 'Huskies' generally refers to a mixed breed animal that does not have characteristics similar to the Siberian Husky or Malamute.

There is no such breed as the 'Alaskan Husky'.

'Seppalas' is a line of sled dogs, who are known for their exceptional speed; however, the AKC does not recognize this group at present.
The Alaskan Malamute is a descendant of the Arctic wolf, and one of the oldest Arctic breeds. They are bred by the Mahlemut Eskimos of Alaska, that is how the breed got its name. They are highly valued as they are the source of livelihood for the Mahlemut Eskimos. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935.

The Siberian Husky is bred by the Eastern Siberian Chukchi tribe. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. Following is a detailed comparison of both breeds.
Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan malamute
Siberian Husky
Siberian husky
Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky
General Appearance
They are powerful, heavy-boned, possess a lot of strength and endurance.
Their body is well-proportioned for balance of power, speed, and endurance.
Size and Substance
Males grow to an average 25'', and weigh about 85 lbs, while females grow to about 23'', and weigh around 75 lbs.
Males grow to an average 23'', and weigh about 45-60 lbs, while females grow to about 22'', and weigh around 35-50 lbs.
Head and Eyes
Their head is broad and deep in proportion to the body, with a deep muzzle, that resembles a bear or wolf. Eyes are almond-shaped and deeply set in the skull. They come in all colors except blue and red.
Their head is not very large, and in proportion to the body, that resembles a fox. Eyes are almond-shaped and blue or brown in color.
Ears and Expression
Their ears are rather small in proportion to the head, set wide apart on the outer back edges of the skull. When erect, they look as if they are standing off the skull. Their expression is soft and affectionate.
Their ears are medium-sized, triangular and closely-fitted, while their expression is friendly, mischievous, and keen.
Stop and Topline
The line of the skull and muzzle shows a slight break towards the jaw line. Their topline gently slopes towards the hips.
Their stop is well-defined, and the topline withers towards the croup.
Coat and Color
It boasts of a thick coarse coat never long and soft. Basic color is white, other colors being shades of gray and black, red is also acceptable, but always with white.
It has a double-soft, dense undercoat, medium in length, with a outer coat that is smooth and straight. Colors are black to pure white.
Pigment, Feet, and Tail
They contain black pigments, sometimes brown in red dogs. Their feet are tough padded, large and compact. The tail is never tightly curled or straight at the back, it's plump and moderately set.
They contain black pigments in gray dogs, flesh-colored in pure white dogs. Their feet are tough padded, well-furred between toes and pads, medium in size, and oval. Tail is fox-brushed with a sickle curve or trailing.
General Characteristics
They can carry heavy loads at slow speeds for a long time.
They can carry light load at moderate to fast speeds for moderate duration.

They have a more laid back attitude and work when it suits them.
They are always hyper, busy, active, and ready to go.

They are not very outdoorsy, they will dig under the fence only when bored.
They are outgoing and will jump over the fence to go out.

Usually, they don't like other dog breeds, especially of the same sex. They are very calculative at problem solving.
They get along well with other breeds, but are sneaky at problem solving.

They are extremely people-friendly, love children, and always wants to be with their owners.
They are not very people-friendly, not so good with children and can live without their owners.
Both breeds are extremely loyal and have different characteristics that suit different lifestyles. But choosing between them will be a tough decision, as it will make you want to have them both!
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