I plan on moving out on my own and am looking for a companion to join me. I'm pretty set on an Alaskan Malamute or a Siberian Husky, the problem is - I can't seem to find their distinct differences. They seem to be similar looking, the Malamute being the bigger breed. Personality wise it seems that the Malamute is more well mannered than the Husky? Whereas the Husky is more curious and has a higher potential for getting into trouble. I am probably mistaken, as I cannot highlight the (personality) distinctions between the two.
I know both of these dogs need space, and I will be moving to my cabin in Northern MN and am a very big outdoors person - plenty and plenty of space up there. I will be living alone so I will be completely dedicated to his/her well-being. I am just very curious about the personality differences between the two to help decide which one would be better suited for me.
Based on the examples of the breed I have met, The Malamute is the one I would choose. I think they are a little more laid back, not as high strung as Huskies are. I think they are both equally stubborn,strong willed,& independent. I have dealt with more nasty Huskies than I care to count but not many, if any, nasty Malamutes. Of course the Malamute is a much bigger dog all around.
Those have just been my observations. I have never owned one.
I would also lean towards the Malamute as well, if you are looking for the more laid back personality. Also to add, I believe Huskies tend to be jumpers, and like to roam a bit more, and are a little more high strung.
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Huskies tend to be more affectionate, friendly to people, and NOT prone to territorial aggression (although they will dig, howl and chew if bored!) They are also a relatively healthy breed.
Malamutes are powerful dogs and can be resistant to training. They can also be aggressive (dog to dog-not usually with people) and also prone to chewing, digging and generally disturbing the peace if bored. They also can be prone to hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.
Both breeds tend to wander and really need a securely fenced area. (Sibes, especially, are good at escaping.)
They are both beautiful dogs-I've always been fond of both breeds.
My choice would be a Malamute. Everyone is different and what is right for me, may not be your choice. I have been involved and around all breeds of dogs my whole life. I do like both breeds, though the Malamute has a personality that appeals to me more.
They tend to be more laid back, active, but not so much as the Husky. Huskies from what I have been told are a bit more high strung, more vocal and can be destructive if not kept entertained.
Both are affectionate, though Mal's seem to be a bit more bonded to their owners. Both are a great breed, its all in your activity level, your plans for them such as showing, sledding or just a companion. Both would do well with a walking, jogging partner and have high activity tolerance, etc.
as i said, i'd go for the husky NOT just because i got one. let me share some reasons with you, reason #1:the siberian huskys looks are very stunning! reason #2:huskies are all ways ready to go when you are reason #3:huskies have shorter fur then the malamute yes it sheds alot!but still it is shorter. reason #4:the husky has nice face markings,unlike the malamute they only have markings on the legs feet and underparts reason #5:the husky is great with anybody,they are so nice that they dont make good watch dogs! reason #6:no other dog can pull a sled faster over long distances reason #7:huskies are atletic and loves the great outdoors reason #8:the husky was rated best dog ever on viewpoint.com reason #9:life span for huskies 15 years life span for malamutes 12-14. reason #10:malamutes come in light gray or black huskies come in gray, tan, or black and white. now i did not write this to be against the alaskan malamutei love all dog breeds even mutts it is not up to us to decide for you its for you to decide for yourself! good luck! and i hope this helps!
get real get a husky, brandi is best,its to bad every bodys husky aint as good as mine
Well, I am pretty set on a Malamute - but I'm having a hard time finding breeders. I found one near me, the other 300 some miles away, I haven't been able to compare prices - but if they are what I've seen then they might be a little too rich for me. It was easier to find Husky breeders and their prices seem a bit more reasonable. In the end I think that's what it will come down to, whichever is available. I won't mind getting one or the other - as I think each one is very capable of being an excellent companion.