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Friday, 19 June 2015

Whats The Difference Between A Siberian Husky And An Alaskan Malamute Part #1

Welcome to another edition of Siberian Saturday. A couple weeks ago I wrote an article which you can see here, sharing the differences between an Alaskan Husky and a Siberian Husky. This week I thought it would be fun to take you through a few of the differences between a Siberian husky and an Alaskan Malamute.

Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky
Often times, people get confused when it comes to Malamutes and huskies, and will mistake one for the other. To the owners of these magnificent breeds, the differences seem obvious, however to the untrained eye? That's a whole other story. Lets talk about whats different. Take the Siberian Husky for example as shown in the photo on the right. Notice Mika's ears are standing straight up, and are close set? This is the typical look of a sibe. It contributes to their entire mischievous appearance, which we will get to in part 2 of this series.

Malamute
Photo credit to Dmitriy and his Malamute Libby
In the photo to the left, you will notice the Alaskan Malamutes ears are much more wide set, and tend to have a laid back appearance. Another thing to note in this photo is those beautiful brown eyes. A Malamute does not have blue eyes like a Siberian Husky. A husky can have a variety of eye colors, such as blue,
brown, and even mixed - one eye brown, one blue. This is called bi eyes. Sibe's can also have something referred to as Parti-eyes. Meaning one eye has more than one color in it.


Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky

Another big difference between a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute is their size. Malamutes are a larger breed, ranging in size from 23 inches tall, weighing around 75lbs for a female, and 25 inches tall weighing 85lbs for a male. Whereas the Siberian's general sizes range in the area of about 20 - 22 inches tall and 35 - 50lbs for a female. 21 - 24 inches tall and 45 - 65lbs for a male. Keep in mind size and height can vary, though not a great deal. The size difference between a husky and a Mally highly contributes to where they differ in working and/or pulling sleds, which I explain in part 2.





Next week, we will continue our series on the differences between a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute. There was just FAR too much to cover in one post, so I do hope you will stay tuned and learn some more about 2 amazing breeds next Saturday. Thanks for coming by and spending part of your weekend with us. And a shout out to Dmitriy for sharing his beautiful Malamute with us.




26 comments:

  1. So interesting! I always thought Huskies were bigger than what some of yours are, so I was probably confusing them with Malamutes!

    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. And so many people do! Siberian Huskies are not big dogs. They are classed as a medium sized working breed, and are very slender in their build, whereas Malamutes are much larger and bulkier. So when people are used to seeing Mally's, then they see a husky, they think wow, thats a small one, meanwhile....lol! Happens all the time :)

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  2. Oh yes, when we are out walking, every one thinks we are malamutes. And then some will say we always thought Siberians were much bigger. Mom says we are plenty big enough for her:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Oh I know it! I'll stick to my huskies lol. they are the perfect size for me!!

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  3. Thanks for the differences, Malmutes are beautiful dogs just like the husky's.

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    1. Yes they sure are! They are two very majestic breeds!

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  4. Both breeds are gorgeous dogs, with their unique differences.

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  5. interesting facts that I didn't know,love learning new things,xx Rachel

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  6. I love the Husky's furriness, but they're both such beautiful dogs ~RascalandRocco

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    1. Me too. There are certain things that for me, just set the Siberian apart from the other Northern breeds, but they are all stunning and majestic in their own ways.

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  7. That is really cool. I can see how they would get mixed-up though.

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    1. Oh definitely. For anyone who is not used to the breeds or doesn't own one themselves, it can be hard to tell.

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  8. People are always asking me if Isis is a Malamute or a Husky. They often comment on how "small" she is - she's 50 lbs but when compared to a male Siberian Husky (males are larger) or a Malamute she seems petite!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. I know what you mean. My Lexus is on the small side of a husky. She is just 45lbs. But even still, we are both right in the right area for females :)

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  9. Thanks for telling us. They almost look the same to us LOL.

    Wags from Laika & Vaks

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  10. Most people seem to be surprised by how small a husky is. They are similar to Malamutes, but a different dog. Both are good in snow, though!

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    1. Definitely different. And in part two we will continue to show the differences. Today was mostly about appearance, but there are also several differences in their temperament as well.

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  11. You can definitely see the difference in ear position and placement. I didn't know about the eye color difference though. Very interesting post, looking forward to Part 2!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Part 2 will focus a lot more on temperament and how their behaviors differ, so I hope to see you back :)

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  12. This is a great post! A lot of people have no clue what the difference is!

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    1. Exactly! thanks, and i'm glad you enjoyed!

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  13. Great post. I find size is a good way to tell but I will keep the ear placement in mind.

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    1. Size is, but the thing about it, is just that people think huskies are huge lol, meanwhile what they have most likely seen have been Malamutes, which is where the confusion sets in.

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