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Both Malamutes and huskies were bred to pull sleds over long distances in the bitter cold. It’s no wonder that the two breeds look so much alike. Although these two dogs may look the same, they couldn’t be more different from one another. Keep reading to discover the major differences between Malamutes and husky dog breeds.

Differences in Size

Malamutes are much larger and heavier compared to huskies. Malamutes grow to be anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds. They top out at 23 to 25 inches from the ground to the highest point of their shoulders (called the withers.) In contrast, huskies only tip the scales at 35 to 60 pounds. They only reach 20 to 23.5 inches tall. Like in all dog breeds, the males tend to be taller and broader than the females.

Differences in Speed

Because they are lighter and not too small, huskies are generally faster than the heavier Malamutes. This is why huskies are the dog of choice for sled races and not Malamutes. However, both breeds can leave a human runner in the dust.

Differences in Lifespan

Sadly, all larger dogs tend to have shorter lives than smaller dogs, so huskies tend to live longer than Malamutes. This is because big dogs age more quickly than smaller dogs. Just why this happens in dogs and not in other animal species is not known. On average, huskies live to be 14, or about two years more than the average lifespan of a Malamute.

Differences in Getting Along with Other Dogs

Huskies are far more relaxed and friendly with all kinds of dogs, male or female. This is in contrast to Malamutes, which tend to be aggressive with others of their own sex. Even the females quarrel with other females. This happens whether the Malamute is neutered or not. Huskies, though, tend to pay more attention to their pack-mates rather than to people, while Malamutes are more interested in human company than dog company.

Differences in Trainability

There are many arguments whether huskies are smarter and more trainable than Malamutes. They want to please more than Malamutes. Malamute enthusiasts insist that their dogs are just as intelligent as huskies but they are harder to train as Malamutes tend not to see the point of doing strange tricks for people.

After reading this blog, hopefully you are able to walk away with a greater understanding of the difference between these two great dog breeds. Next time you see a malamute or husky in your neighborhood, you will be able to identify their breed without hesitation.