Alaskan Malamute - Siberian Husky Comparison

Do you have difficulty recognizing an Alaskan Malamute, or distingushing a Malamute from a Siberian Husky? This page is intended to help aid you in breed identification and distinguishing between these two arctic breeds.

The chart below is a comparison based on the Malamute and Siberian breed standards. There is also a wide variation of actual size, build, and color of individual dogs in each breed... especially in "pet quality" dogs.

Breed Standard Comparison
Alaskan Malamute - Siberian Husky

Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky
Appearance: Heavy and powerful Medium sized 
(at shoulder)
Male: 25 inches
Female: 23 inches
Male: 21-23.5 inches
Female: 20-22 inches
Weight: Male: 85 pounds
Female: 75 pounds
Male: 45-60 pounds
Female: 35-50 pounds
Function: To carry heavy loads over long distance To carry light loads at moderate speed
Build: Powerful, substantial, heavy boned Medium - shows balance, speed, endurance
Expression: Soft and friendly Keen, friendly, interested, mischievous
Eye color: Brown, darker preferred Blue, brown, parti-color (mixed), or one of each color type.
Ears: Medium, triangular, tips rounded, set wide apart Medium, triangular, back arched, set high and close
Head: Broad and deep with bulky muzzle Medium
Tail: Waving plume, carried up and over the back. Fox brush, carried in a sickle curve or trailing.
Feet: Large, compact, snowshoe shaped Medium, compact, oval shaped
Coat: Thick coarse guard hair, shorter woolly undercoat Straight smooth-lying guard hair, soft dense undercoat
Color: Light gray to black, sable, red, and all white. Broken color patterns or uneven splashings are undesirable. All colors from black to pure white. A variety of coat patterns, markings, and splashings are allowed 
Disqualifications: Blue eyes Males over 23.5 inches
Females over 22 inches

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