Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 10 years ago

Huskie or Alaskan malamute?

can someone tell me the differences, especially in how they act along with their looks && which make better pets && how, && which make better guard dogs

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    Siberian Huskies:

    They come in many different coat colors and variations. From Agouti (wolf like) Mostly black to all White. Some even come Piebald which is when the crown doesn't connect over the head. They may come with mask ranging from full to an open face. Generally a Male will range from 21 to 23 1/2 inches and weight about 45 - 60 lbs. Female 20 - 22 inches and usually should weigh about 35 - 50 lbs. Keep in mind this is idealistic and their are many factors that could effect this. Their tails contrary to popular belief should not be curled, resting over the back. Sibes tails should either flag, Which is when they are carried erect and slightly curl toward the back. (Some say resembles a flag in the wind) or straight out, Which is a position you'll see as they run or become alert. Their eyes may come in many different colors from browns, gold, blue, green and some even multi colored which is when one eye is for example blue and the other brown. On occasion you'll see a stunning combo of green and blue. These dogs can handle a vast varity of work anything from sled work to police dogs. Siberian Huskies are not lap dogs, They make enjoy an occasional cuddle on the couch but will never fully be happy if they are unable to stretch their legs. They need plenty of exercise. They tend to be gentle, intelligent, hard working, family oriented and independent dogs. They have a desire to roam like a lot of dogs. It may take you some time and work to keep them from digging up your flowers and under the fence. For some cases these dogs can be hard to contain, However their are several things you can try to prevent this. Huskies can become destructive of household items and such when left alone or bored. These dogs are pack oriented so they usually do better in a setting with other dogs. Please note, This is not all Huskies but in general they are good with both people and other dogs. Beware of cats and small animals as most have a high prey drive and will chase most anything that moves. Socializing early may prevent this with your other pets but be alert with the strays and unfamiliar. They are in most cases highly sociable and love to talk with you, Some even sing, whine and howl.

    Alaskan Malamutes:

    Mals due come in a variety of coat colors, Much like a Siberian Husky. They also share their wolf like appearance but are larger, muscular and are often seen with longer coats. Unlike Siberian Huskies, Malamute's do not have blue eyes. Their eyes are generally a warm brown. Males are to be 25 in tall and about 85 lbs. Females 23 in and only about 75 lbs. Bare in mind this is AKC standard and it may range depending on the genetic line the dogs parents came from. Some breeders even produce 'Giant Alaskan Malamutes' though it is not another breed, It is also not accepted in breed Registrations. Their tails are mostly well furred and carried across the back, Where as the Siberian Huskies should either be flagged (Lightly waving in the air, Slightly curled. Not touching the back) or straight out. ,Alaskan Malamute's are commonly mistaken for the Siberian Husky because of their similar attributes. However they are much different. Some people refer to them as a bigger grander sibe. Which isn't entirely true. They are bigger and do have a stunning appearance but they are quite different. They were also breed to pull sleds, Instead of speed they contribute power. They are strong and can be willful dogs. They were bred by a Eskimo tribe called the Mahlemuts. They helped hunt, guard and pull sleds. Like Sibes they shouldn't be left around with cats and other small animals as they do have a high prey drive. This breed is also good with people and usually other dogs. Malamute adore children but should be supervised due to their massive size. They are best suited for a colder climate. They shed year round. They usually aren't as vocal as a Sib but when they do bark, It's usually like 'talking' or howling. This generally tend to be loyal, quite yet active companions.

    This information comes from my personal Forum. All the information was written by myself. I've studied, observed and experienced from almost 8 yrs. I hope it helps!

    Source(s): Studied & Owned Sibs & Mals for 7+yrs. I run a Sib & Mal Owner's Fourm. I currently own both breeds.
  • Greg
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    They both look kind of "wolf-like"... pointy ears and pointed faces. The Malamute is a bigger dog up to 90 lbs or so.

    Malamutes tend to dislike strange dogs and will chase cats, rabbits, squirrels etc because they have a very strong prey drive. They are the breed that almost all sled dogs were bred from.... and the Iditarod is a 1200 mile race.... and these dogs can cover that distance in 10-14 days. They are true endurance athletes.... incredible really.... but this trait makes them a difficult pet to keep happy.

    Unless you are a distance runner.... I would think long and hard about getting EITHER of these breeds. Both are beautiful dogs.... but they need the right kind of owner (like one who runs 5 miles every day after work).

    They are almost limitless sources of energy (bred to pull sleds for miles at a time.... they will outwork and outrun any person alive).... and if you don't have a way to work off that energy... these dogs will destroy your couch..... yard.... chairs... you name it.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    huskies are smaller, ears more upright on their head. make great pets, very loving. terrible guard dogs, they love people too much and never bark! love to pull light loads long distances

    malamutes are huge, ears are further apart on the head, wider head. also good pets, loving. terrible guard dogs for the same reason as huskies, but are intimidating. love to pull heavy loads short distances.

    Source(s): race sled dogs, have 2 huskies
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