Siberian Huskies Vs. Alaskan Malamutes – What’s The Difference?


If you have read about the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, you may have seen that both breeds are very similar. On the surface, there’s very few differences, but there are. In this article, we will be contrasting the two breeds and see the differences.

Appearance in Adults

Alaskan Malamute

Now this most likely is the biggest similarity between adults, the appearance. Although they are similar they are slightly different.

Both dogs are under the Spitz category and usually have the same colored coat (some huskies are brown and white instead) which is gray and white. So when it comes to their appearance what’s the difference?

Well, one difference tends to be their eyes. Alaskan Malamutes actually have brown eyes as you can see above.

Siberian Huskies, like wolves, usually have bright blue eyes (sometimes brown or one of each also). Siberian huskies are also smaller than Alaskan Malamutes.

You may notice that some Siberian Huskies seem to have a “thinner” build than Alaskan Malamutes do. Alaskan Malamutes usually have smaller ears as well.

Appearance in puppies

Alaskan malamute puppy

With puppies, it’s about the same as it is with the adults. The Alaskan Malamute is usually larger than the Siberian Husky and generally only has brown eyes.

Siberian Husky puppies can have both blue eyes, brown eyes or even both (one brown, the other blue)

Alaskan Malamute puppies are generally lighter colored than Siberian Husky puppies.

The head of a young Alaskan Malamute puppy is also usually large and slightly bulkier than a Siberian Husky’s head.


Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies were bred originally around Siberia. Although these huskies may be slightly smaller than the Alaskan Malamute, they are still strong.

The Siberian Husky was a companion and sled dog. Sled dogs need to be strong!

Alaskan Malamutes were bred also around North East Asia as well by the Mahlemiut tribe, hundreds of years ago. The Alaskan Malamute was used in Alaska and were also used to pull heavy sledges.


The Personality of the Siberian Husky is loving, kind, affectionate.They love almost anyone; children and adults. They also are usually nicer to other dogs as well.

If you ever do get a husky,  expect them to be pretty smart and mischievous. They can be pretty good escape artists!

The Alaskan Malamute is an active, friendly dog that loves to go outside.  These dogs, like the Siberian Husky, dig a lot as well. Try not to have two dogs of the same sex as they may started fighting.

I hope this article helped you know the differences between a Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Huskies.

They are both similar, but if you dig down a little deeper, you’ll find that you do have some differences.

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