When considering the type of husky you want, there are several types to choose from that each offer different qualities that may work better for your home and living style so I recommend taking time to research before you impulse adopt your new pet!
For those who are not familiar with specific types of huskies, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between them.
The Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky do resemble each other, but there are clear differences between each of them.
Alaskan Malamute – This breed is actually Alaska’s official mascot and is also one of the oldest of northern sled dogs. They were named after the Inuit tribe Mahlemuts, a nomadic people of Alaska who used the powerful breed for centuries to hunt and pull heavy sleds through the Arctic. The Malamute is taller and heavier than Siberian Huskies. They stand 23″ to 25” at the shoulder and weighs and average of 75 to 85 pounds, although males can hit up to 100 pounds.
Malamutes have brown eyes and a large head with their ears set widely apart. They have bushy tails that they carry over their back. Because Malamutes are heavier than huskies, they are less likely to jump a fence, and will instead try to dig out when bored and left unattended. They should not be let off leash as they have a high prey drive and they love to run. They are known to be gender aggressive with same gendered dogs, but are very affectionate with their humans. Malamutes are an intelligent, confident and stubborn breed.
Siberian Husky This breed has base roots from Siberia where they were used by semi-nomadic tribes called the Chukchi people. They developed the dog with enhanced endurance to go great distances while pulling a light load at a moderate speed in tough weather. These huskies were developed to preserve energy to stay warm for long periods. At 35 to 60 pounds and 20″ to 23.5” Siberian huskies are smaller boned than Malamutes. They can have brown eyes, one brown and one blue, both blue, green or parti-colored eyes. Their head is also smaller and not as broad as the Malamute, and their eyes and ears are set more closely together.
When on alert, they carry their bushy tail in a sickle shape which will drop lower when they relax. Because they are pack animals, the Siberian husky gets along very well with other dogs. They are stubborn, intelligent, confident, independent and loving with those who have earned their trust. They are know escape artists, being able to squeeze through the smallest hole or quickly dig underneath any fence. Once out, they will run far and fast. It is never recommended to let them off leash as their prey drive will kick in if they see anything move, like a squirrel.
Luna the Siberian Husky running with her pal Annie
Alaskan Husky This breed is a true sled dog that is not recognized by any kennel club as they are not considered a pure breed like Malmutes and Siberian huskies. The Alaskan husky has been bred solely for their working ability, not their appearance. For hundreds of years Inuit people and mushers bred dogs with other canines found in villages, and there is no specific breed standard that dictates their breeding practices. This type of dog is smart and can run hard and fast with the strength to pull heavy loads.
The Alaskan husky coat is mostly short to medium in length with a thick undercoat. They are long legged with a lean body, deep in the chest with pointy ears, a tail that curls over their back. They usually have brown eyes. They weigh around 35 to 50 pounds and are slightly taller than the Siberian husky. They are faster than both the Malamute and Siberian husky.
Despite their differences, these three dog breeds do have a lot things in common. They are all known to be difficult to train because they are extremely independent and willful. They are very intelligent working dogs who learn at their own speed, not necessarily their owners. All of them have a thick double-coat to handle very cold weather conditions. They have a high prey drive and love to escape for a run now and then. They are born to run, which they all love to do.
For my family, a Siberian Husky has been a perfect fit. Luna is playful, independent (which means she doesn’t need my constant attention – though she does want to be in the same area as I am), friendly and fun. Knowing that she could find digging and jumping to be an exciting adventure I make sure she doesn’t spend time outdoors unattended which is fine because I can always use some fresh air too!! I think any of these breeds can be fantasic for a family who is energetic and likes to spend time outside playing!
Went to the park yesterday with my pal Luna the Husky. She likes to wander around and sniff for new pals to play with. Check out some photos of her adventure here! She even got teased by a deer on the other side of the fence at the back corner of the park before we left. That deer had no idea that if Luna was super motivated she could probably clear the fence……
Crate training is an important aspect of puppy care, whether you have a husky or any other breed. To be able to leave your home knowing that all of your furniture is safe from the havoc a dog can wreak in just a few minutes is worth the effort to get them comfortable in a safe crate.