What is actually the difference between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky? Well, there is a huge difference. Even though they look alike at first sight there are some important differences!
The Alaskan Malamute dogs are Alaska’s official mascot, and one of the oldest northern sled dogs out there. They got their name after the Inuit tribe Mahlemuts, the nomadic people of Alaska. They used this powerful breed dogs for centuries to hunt seals and pull heavy sleds to move supplies and people throughout the Arctic region. Today the breed looks much like it did before 4,000 years. The main difference between Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky is that the Malamute is taller and heavier then the Husky dog.
The Malamute has brown eyes and a broad head with his ears set wide apart from each other. His bushy tail is carried over his tall back. Because the Malamute is a bit heavier than a Husky, he is less likely to jump a fence, and more likely to use his powerful paws to dig out instead. This breed should not really be off his leash while on a walk, because he has a high prey drive and loves running. He can be gender aggressive sometimes with same sex dogs, but he is very affectionate with his human family.
This is a highly intelligent, confident and also stubborn breed.
The Siberian Husky has roots in Siberia where the breed was first used by the semi nomadic tribes the Chukchi people. They had to expand their hunting grounds and hunt farther from their home. The tribes developed a dog with great endurance to go great distances while pulling a light load at a moderate speed in those harsh weather conditions. The breed helped to preserve much needed energy to stay warm. In the year 1909, the first Siberian Huskies arrived in Alaska as racing dogs.
They can have brown eyes, or one brown and one blue, also both blue, green or part colored eyes. Their head is smaller and not as broad as the Malamute`s. Also their eyes and ears are a bit closer together too. Because they are pack animals, the Siberian Husky gets along very well with other dogs. He is stubborn, very intelligent, also confident, independent and loving with those who have earned his respect and trust too.