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Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky" Compare Alaskan Malamute and Alaskan Husky. Which is better: Alaskan Malamute or Alaskan Husky?
Name Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Husky
OriginsUnited States United States
Group Sled Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank59495
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Other Names Mal, Mally Husky (Alaskan)
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $1200-$1500 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Size Large Medium
Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Coat Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant Dense
Colors Red Gray White Black Gray White Blonde Orange Black
Grooming
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Alaskan Husky requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Alaskan Huskys shed moderately.

Characteristics - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Temperament Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful Agile Energetic Protective Alert Powerful Sensitive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Alaskan Malamutes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Stranger Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Alaskan Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Health Issues
Egészségesek Alaskan Malamute fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy Hyperthyroidism Laryngeal Paresis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Alaskan Malamute vs Alaskan Husky

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 4-10 puppies

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