Alaskan Malamute Vs Siberian Husky – Two Similar But Different Breeds

Alaska Malamutes are a breed of dog originating from Alaska. They have been bred since the late 19th century. Their ancestors were originally known as “alaskan sled dogs”. Today they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America due to their loyal nature, loyalty, and ability to work hard without complaint. These traits make them ideal companions for all types of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and other winter sports.

The Alaskan Malamute is a medium sized dog with long legs and thick body. They usually weigh between 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg).

Their coat is short and dense, but not coarse or curly like some other breeds. The color ranges from white to black, tan, brown, grayish red or even silver. They have large ears which stand up high when standing upright. They also have sharp teeth and strong jaws which makes them excellent hunters.

They are very intelligent and affectionate animals. They love children and will do everything possible to please them.

However, they don’t always get along well with other dogs, especially larger ones. They tend to be independent creatures who prefer solitude and won’t hesitate to defend themselves if necessary.

Their temperament is similar to that of a German Shepherd, but less aggressive than a Labrador Retriever or Great Dane. They may chase after small creatures if they spot one, but are unlikely to kill it unlike a hunting dog that has been trained for that purpose.

Siberian Huskies are a breed of working dogs closely related to the Alaskan Malamute. They share a similar origin and were bred for very similar purposes.

The main difference is that the Siberian Husky has a more compact body and facial features which result in a more playful and energetic temperament. They are sometimes referred to as “Sibe Dogs” or “Sibes”, while the Alaskan Malamute is referred to as a “Malamute”.

This canine has been popularized by various movies such as “The Snow Walker” and television shows such as “Dawson’s Creek” where it played the role of Buffy. In the movie, the Siberian Husky was a major character named Sumi.

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It also played a role in the movie “Snow Dogs” where it was paired off against Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The Siberian Husky is ranked 27th most popular dog breed in the United States and is among the most popular in the United Kingdom as well according to the American Kennel Club. The Alaskan Malamute is only ranked 31st in the US and does not feature in the top 50 list of most popular dogs in the UK.

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