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    What Is the Difference Between Alaskan Malamutes & Siberian Huskies?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceFriday 30 September 2011
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    Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies might look similar in appeareance but they have totally different genetic lines and temperaments that should be considered by the prospective dog owners. Understanding more about their differences can help to make a well-informed decision about which one to get. What draws most potential owners to those dog breeds is their wolf like appearance. Read the article below in order to learn the main differences between Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. 

    Siberian Huskies have two coats of fur to keep them warm. Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes have double coats of a medium length. The Siberian husky has a soft coat underneath, while the Alaskan malamute's undercoat is more wooly. Both breeds' guard hairs are coarse and not soft. The Alaskan malamute's coat is more naturally contained and does not always require trimming, whereas the Siberian husky's coat does require trimming. Regular brushing is necessary for both breeds so that the coarse coats do not become tangled and matted.

    Alaskan Malamutes have strong, muscular builds with broad chests and heads. Siberian huskies are lighter on their feet and their bodies are more compact. Both breeds are considered medium-size dogs, but the malamutes average larger in height and weight than huskies. The average male malamute weighs 85 lb. while the average male Siberian husky weighs 45 to 60 lb. Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies have similar triangular ears and bushy foxlike tails.

    The colouring of the Alaskan malamute and Siberian husky differs. Siberian husky coloring ranges between pure black and pure white, with various shades in between. The Alaskan malamute, on the other hand, has colorings of light gray, sable, white and red. Alaskan malamutes have more splashes of color throughout the coat, while Siberian huskies have more striking patterns on the head and face than on the rest of the body.

    Both breeds are loyal to their owners and families. Siberian huskies are gentle, but they are also outgoing, which means that owners must dedicate time for the husky to get physical activity throughout the day. Alaskan malamutes are playful when prompted, but are not characterized as having the same excitable energy that huskies display. Malamutes are also more strong-willed than huskies, so you must begin obedience training of them early on.

    Learn here about the dog breeds or ask an expert for advice.

    Image source: flickr.com; text source: ehow

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