One difference between a malamute and a husky is that the malamute is a bigger dog. The male malamute stands 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 80 and 95 pounds. Dogs that weigh 100 pounds are also seen. The male husky stands 21 to 23.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 60 pounds. The females of both breeds are smaller and lighter.
The malamute is a spitz-like dog that carries its tail curled over its back. The husky's tail can curl over but not touch its back when it's excited, but otherwise the bushy tail is held down. The husky's ears are also medium-sized, while the malamute's ears are small in proportion to its head.
The husky and the malamute originated in different places. The husky was developed hundreds of years ago by the Chukchi people of Siberia to pull their sleds. At the time, the dogs were the only means of transportation. They were valued not just because of their endurance but because their light weight also allowed them to be fast.
The malamute was developed by the Malhemut people thousands of years ago. These people were nomadic Inuits who lived in northwest Alaska. They also bred the dog to pull their sleds.