For a person not breeding dogs, visually similar breeds often seem identical to each other in other aspects. Because, for example, confusion with Huskies and Malamutes often happens, especially if you put two animals alongside with the same gray-black color. But are they really close? What are the differences between Huskies and Malamutes?
What is the difference between a husky and a Malamute?
Both breeds belong to the northern sled, but this is where their similarities, by and large, end: even visually confusing dogs is difficult, because they differ in size, shape of the skull and muzzle, and even expression. But the main difference between the Huskies and Malamutes is that the latter breed was not oriented to the sports races to which the Huskies were intended. Malamute dogs are very hardy, have a high body strength, but are extremely energetic and temperamental, which is considered to be on the negative side of the breed from the competitive side. They were taken out not for the development of high speed, but for the delivery of oversized cargo over long distances, with which, as a result, the Malamut does an excellent job.
Husky breed description
Of all the northern dogs, Huskies are the most famous: sly, sharp, sometimes even alert expression of a conical muzzle, slanting blue or brown eyes, gray or white nose, round fox-whisk, soft, thick self-cleaning wool with undercoat, very smooth, docile , at the same time any color is allowed. This visual characteristic is peculiar to all representatives of this breed, and it is for her that charming Siberian dogs with easy gait are recognized.
- The average weight of a healthy dog is in the range of 21-28 kg, females - 16-23 kg. Growth in the withers of a healthy dog is 54-60 cm, females 51-56 cm. The body is stretched, the bones are medium, the paws are compact, the back from withers to croup does not change its line.
- Initially, the Huskies were bred by the breeders as a breed for competition, but later it turned out that the mestizas benefited from it in terms of speed, even if they were losing in mind and endurance, as a result of which the Huskies with their friendly nature and appeasability were transferred to companion dog status. Moreover, they can be bred not only in the conditions of life of the Far East, but also in ordinary urban apartments.
- Huskies are good companions for children's games: despite the seriousness of the expression, they have a soft nature, easily converge with a person. In addition, they are very active and cheerful. However, the same quality suggests that the owner of the husky is needed to match: ready to often walk her and run with her - the husky cannot be a passive inhabitant of an apartment.
It is worth noting that such a dog cannot be called a good guard, since it has practically no understanding of the territory, and also does not have an aggressive attitude towards a stranger, and any attempt to change this moment leads to a violation of the mental health of the animal.
Malamute breed features
A powerful body with a wide chest and a large muzzle, thick, large paws, dark eyes, a slight tilt of the back down to the thighs, an elongated tail in motion, massive bones and a rather coarse, albeit thick, hair are the main visual signs of Malamut. That the dog is created for work, but not for speed. At the same time, the face is benevolent, demonstrating an extreme location to the object. The color is allowed almost any, but it can not be monotonous (except white).
- The average weight of a healthy dog is 38 kg, bitches - 34 kg. The average height at the withers of a healthy dog is 63.5 cm, females 58.5 cm.
- The breed has 2 lines, each of which is fighting for the title of “main”: this is Kotzebue, distinguished by gray wolf color, and M’Loot, whose representatives are larger and more aggressive, and their wool can be of any shade.
- It is noteworthy that the Malamute barks extremely rarely - the sounds made by him resemble a wolfish roar, which makes them even more closely related to this animal.
- The Malamut is not adapted to the content in the apartment, and in the private house he needs constant attention, consisting in private walks and runs, as well as full-fledged workouts. Professionals note that Malamut is often engaged in digging land pits, which is genetically incorporated in them in order to extract food (rodents) from the ground.
Like the Huskies, the Malamut practically does not obey the owner, so understanding of the roles must be laid to him in childhood, otherwise it will be difficult to cope with the dog afterwards. At the same time, representatives of the breed are extremely stubborn, intelligent, and quickly converge with any person. Watchdog and guard qualities, despite the impressive appearance, are absent.
Huskies and Malamutes, of course, have a lot in common, laid down by genes - in particular, the lack of aggression, loyalty to the person, liveliness of character. However, in the rest they are completely different dogs - both in purpose, and in behavior and appearance.