Differences between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes

Differences between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes

Alaskan Malamutes and  Siberian Husky may look the same, but they actually are extremely different and in more ways than one.

Starting with the Origins

Malamutes- Alaska by the Inuit people with a nomadic lifestyle. Name originated from the Inuit word, Mahlemuts.

Huskies- Siberia by the Chukchi people with a semi-nomadic lifestyle.


Malamutes- 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder (58.4 to 63.5 centimeters). They tend to be heavier and denser-boned. Typically 75 to 85 pounds.

Huskies- 20 to 23.5 inches at the shoulder (50.8 to 59.6 centimeters). They tend to be lighter with smaller bones. Typically 35 to 60 pounds.


Malamutes- Eyes are brown, almond shaped. Tails are very furred and plume and curled up over the back. Coat is a double coat with the layer closest to skin being around 2 inches thick. The outer coat is coarse and stands off the body, but is longer on the tail. Coloring of malamutes are shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white, or solid white. They have markings on face and a bit at the nape of the neck. They can also have a dark grey to buff colored undertone around their white areas.

Huskies- Eyes are brown, blue, green, 1 brown and 1 blue or multi color. Huskies eyes set closer together on their head. Tails are bushy and carried in a sickle shape. Coat is a thick dense undercoat with longer topcoat of short straight hairs. Huskies come in a variety of colors and patterns; black and white, copper red and white, grey and white, pure white, and the rare ‘agouti’ coat. White on paws, legs and facial markings.


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