The Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky are both
Northern Breed dogs from the Working Group. Both breeds have
similarities in coat colors and patterns. Both breeds were
used for similar activities. The Alaskan Malamute being strong
and powerful, was used to transport heavy loads for long
distances. The Siberian Husky, being a more of a medium size,
was used for pulling lighter loads a shorter distance at a
Both breeds are prey-driven and will go after small animals
including cats, squirrels, birds, rabbits or any other
creature that mistakenly gets into their territory. Both
breeds do dig. They have been known to ruin many landscaping
beds and to dig up small bushes and trees.
Both breeds are pack oriented and can be very destructive
if left unattended for long periods of time without attention.
Crate training is advisable.
Both breeds are born to run. Neither of these breeds should
ever be left off leash to run in fields, woods, or
neighborhoods. They will keep on running and will never come
back. Many Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies have been
picked up by local dog wardens who have found them running
stray. Some of them are never claimed and end up in rescue
organizations or euthanized due to overcrowding in local
Some of the differentiating characteristics are as
The Alaskan Malamute is a heavy boned,
powerful dog. The males weigh between 85 and 100 lbs and the
females between 75 and 90 lbs. The eyes of the Alaskan
Malamute are always brown. Their head is broad with ears set
wide apart. Their tail is similar to a plume carried up and
over their back. The Alaskan Malamute is known for being
gender aggressive toward dogs of the same sex. They can also
be food aggressive. They are very loving and affectionate dogs
and carry a laid back attitude. They make good companions but
are not guard dogs even though their size can be intimidating.
Everyone is a friend to a Malamute. Malamutes enjoy hiking,
backpacking, swimming, jogging and cuddling up with their
owners. Malamutes are very intelligent and can be very
stubborn. Unlike the Siberian Husky, the Malamute is not prone
to fence jumping. If they are bored, they can easily dig
themselves out of kennels or under fences. Lifespan 10-12
The Siberian Husky is a medium sized, smaller boned dog.
The males weigh between 50-70 lbs. And the females between
35-50 lbs. The Siberian Husky can have brown eyes, blue eyes,
one of each or a split eye (one eye with two colors).
Their head is smaller and not as broad as the malamute with
ears set high on their head and close together. Their tails
are considered a fox brush shape and are carried in a sickle
shape when alert and trailing when the dog is relaxed. The
Siberian Husky does well in a pack situation. They do not have
the gender aggression that is a characteristic of the
malamute. They are, however, very high energy dogs that are
very vocal. They are an intelligent breed with a stubborn
streak. They are not a guard dog and not a "one-man" dog.
Siberians require a lot of exercise and enjoy swimming,
jogging hiking, and agility amongst other activities. The
Siberian Husky can be an escape artist and is prone to fence
jumping when left unattended for long periods of time. They
have also been known to climb a chain line fence to escape.
They do best is a 5' or 6' fenced yard. Life span 12-15 years.
These dogs can make wonderful pets and companions, but it
takes a serious, long-term commitment to live with them. As
with any dog breed, they are not for everyone.
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