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

"Find similarities and differences between Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute" Compare Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky. Which is better: Siberian Husky or Alaskan Husky or Alaskan Malamute?
Name Siberian Husky Alaskan Husky Alaskan Malamute
OriginsRussia United States United States
Group Sled Dogs Sled Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank1249559
Reviews202
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Other Names Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe Husky (Alaskan) Mal, Mally
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
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. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. 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
Price $700-$1200 $1000-$1500 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg) Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Height Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm) 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)

Hair & Care - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

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

Characteristics - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Temperament Alert Gentle Outgoing Friendly Intelligent Agile Energetic Protective Alert Powerful Sensitive Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Siberian Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Siberian Huskys are easy to train.
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Siberian Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Siberian Huskys have a higher than 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.
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Siberian Huskys 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.
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Siberian Huskys have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Siberian Huskys are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Stranger Friendly
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Siberian Huskys 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.
No
Alaskan Malamutes 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Health Issues
The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Alaskan Malamute is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Corneal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Hyperthyroidism Laryngeal Paresis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 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. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Siberian Husky 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.
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler.
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky vs Alaskan Malamute

Gestation Length 60-64 days 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.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies 4-10 puppies

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