What Are the Differences Between a Husky and a Malamute?

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Primary differences between a husky and a malamute are size, temperament and location of origin, states HudsOnHuskies.com. Categorized as a member of the Working Group, the Siberian Husky was recognized in 1930 by the American Kennel Club. Alaskan Malamutes are also Working Group dogs, but were not recognized by the AKC until 1935. One of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, the malamute was named after a Indian tribe in Alaska.

The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia and is considerably smaller than the malamute. Huskies weigh between 35 and 65 pounds, whereas malamutes can weigh up to 150 pounds. A malamute has a quieter personality than the fun-loving husky and is more loyal to its owners. Parents in an Alaskan tribe, called Mahlemuts, trusted malamutes to watch over their children while they were out hunting, so the breed is considered a good match for families. Huskies love to roam as their ancestors did. They get along with other dogs and cats and adapt well to apartment living. Huskies are active diggers and malamutes are chewers. According to HuskyOfficial.com, both breeds are strong-minded and considered stubborn by some. However, other owners believe this behavior is the sign of an intelligent problem solver.