Hi there. I am new to this forum. I came here to try to get some help identifying my dog's breed.
I adopted him from my local animal shelter so they have no background information on him. On his paperwork he was listed as "HUSKY" but the folks at the shelter say they just try to classify the breeds the best way they can upon taking them in so they really aren't sure what he is.
I doubt that he is a Siberian Husky since they seem to almost always have those famous ice blue eyes, while his are deep brown. (Although another female dog in his cage who the kennel helper identified as his sister had one gold eye and one blue eye).
From the pictures I have looked up online he seems to match the features of an Alaskan Malamute the most closely, though his coat is not as thick and bushy. (Then again it has been a long road trying to get weight on him and improve his overall physical condition since he was emaciated when I found him at the shelter. I imagine his malnutrition may have played a role his coat also being so thin and I have been trying to get some weight on him but it's a bit of a struggle even now.)
Speaking of the weight thing, I read that Malamutes normally weight about 75-86 pounds. He is still pretty light and I can easily pick him up and lay him across my lap. (Which concerns me. I don't want him fat but I do want him healthy.)
His temperment is perfect. He is a happy, social dog and gets along great with my 2 beagles and my basset. It took a little while to establish the pecking order but now we have no problems. (He fancied humping Linus for a while there, who is a male beagle and definitely the alpha in our home). He is active and playful when outside and runs and jumps. When inside he is as chill and mellow as can be and loves to snuggle. He is amazingly quiet and hardly talks at all inside. I hear him bark in a low tone outside at the neighbor's dog but he is never aggressive and is very friendly to visitors.
I am linking some pictures here of him. Some of these were when we first got him so he wasn't in the best shape. Very thin but and the white on his coat was stained but through persistant grooming and working with him on his meals he is looking better overall.
I would still say a husky, unless he is very young. I didn't see any age in your post. Malamutes are much heavier boned, and bigger all the way around. Huskeys can have brown eye. I wouldn't worry about his weight, from the pics, he looks great.
Look like a Siberian husky to me, Mals are MUCH larger and very THICK, the siberians are very RACEY, siberians are built for speed and Mals are built for heavy pulling. Any way he looks healthy Thanks for giving him a great home. Siberians can have 2 brown eyes, blue eyes are a recessive gene anyway so will not always show up.
I know I already wrote but I thought of a few more things :) Husky can be HARD to keep weight on as they are built for speed like I said and they are active which increases there metabolism, I would use a PREMIUM performance food for awhile, this will also beef up his coat. It could be also that he is a MIX of siberian and MAl, that is not uncommon in the husky world and especially now with all the "designer breeds" But TRUE sled runners have been mixing them for years ad they breed for a TRUE WORKING dog, they have even been know to breed greyhounds into there lines also which produces speed, keen eyesight, and good hips, but when they do this they also sacrifice coat so they usually only do it for one generation. I would also make sure to put him on a DE-worming schedule EVEN if he has already been wormed!!! Wormers only KILL ADULT worms and the eggs will hatch then they will get re-infested, you need to repeat wormers every 2-4 weeks and I would do it at least 2 more times, use a good all around wormer like safe-guard granules which you can get just about anywhere like petsmar or such you MUST use for 3 days in a row then repeat again in a few weeks. Intestinal parasite can cause poor coat as well. YOU can ONLY SEE 2 types of worms with the human eye the other types can ONLY be dectected by a micrscope so do not think just you can not see them they are not there. Ok good luck!! he is beautiful!!
Hi. I read the description of your dog and looked at the pictures you posted. From what you describe about his (you never mentioned his name) size, his supposed sister, and from what I can see, I think it's much more likely your dog is a Siberian. Since you don't say where you live, or how he came to be in the shelter, Malamutes are usually much rarer than Siberians (which is how they're referred to in the dog world, not "huskies". "Huskies" usually refer to Alaskan huskies, a small but very fast mixed breed, altho pedigreed breed of sled dog. When you mentioned your dog's sister had different colored eyes, that makes it nearly certain they are Siberians. Siberians don't always have blue eyes, even one. They can look almost exactly like smaller Malamutes. besides the eye color and size, the shape of the head and set of the ears are a quick tell. Mals have wide, flat heads with powerful muscles; you can see them move when they chew. Their ears are wide set and point outward. Siberians' ears point in. Plus, I've never heard of a Mal who doesn't treat all cats as prey. Cuddling doesn't count - Mals are great manipulators, but so are most puppies. Of course there's a chance your dog has some Malamute. But since I believe he's mostly if not all Siberian, you need to be aware of some of their habits. They're known to be escape artists, and ALL sled dogs DIG. They'e been known to dig their way under fences. So make sure your dog wears a collar with ID at all times, and teach him to walk on leash using a training collar. If you don't like the so-called "chokers", try a head halter. But on a sled dog, NEVER use a harness, or you'll go airborne. Also, sorry to tell you this but Malamutes are much more intelligent dogs, tho both are extremely hard to train. Mals are stubborn, bore easily, and can be incredibly dominant. If they are dominant, they are more likely to challenge a female owner, so you have to be consistent and firm. I recommend crate training even tho you have other animals. And the fact that he's submissive to your alpha now means NOTHING. What counts is when he reaches maturity. He could decide he's had enough and now he's boss. So YOU need to constantly reinforce the pack order, establishing yourself as Alpha Bitch over all of them. I know beagles are hard to train too, but sled dogs can get very destructive if they're bored, and other dogs will follow their lead. So whether you obedience-trained your others or not, you have to learn to obedience train him, and constantly reinforce it. Plus, change it up, make it interesting. You can reward with treats, but not consistently, and not too much (weight). Also, keep them guessing. If they don't know when they're getting the treat, they may obey better. But it's much healthier to use affection. One last thing before room runs out: many sled dogs are allergic to shellfish, which can cause kidney damage. So don't get drawn into buying food with Glucosamine and Chondroiton because they claim it will prevent joint problems. First, the Glucosamine comes from mussels, which are shellfish (if he ever does need it, buy vegan), and in dogs, these supplements don't prevent, they cause and overgrowth of cartilage. Give him lots of love, enough discipline, don't lry him near toys with squeakers (NEVER the flimsy rubber ones, even if that means taking them away from the others, unless you want to spend $2-3,000.00, and deal with lifelong stomach problems. If he can be trusted to play with soft toys, do "squeakectomies" like I did. Also, not only wash the toys regularly, check them over for tears and if stuffing is coming out, sew it up. My dog knew the names of each of his toys, and he'd wait anxiously while I performed surgery (I'm an RN). Buy hard rubber Kongs (Not the water ones - mine got hold of one, broke it and swallowed the top. Second surgery: maxed out card #2. But he won! It's always about dominance. Get toys that can be a challenge, tho again, I'd stuff a kong with peanut butter or little cookies to keep him occupies while I was gone, and he'd save it for when i got home. But then, mine was half wolf and VERY smart. He learned to answer yes & no questions with 1 bark or 2, whispered, spoke or shouted, was a certified therapy dog and my seizure alert dog, and decided when he wanted to die. He was so amazing, cops and firemen stopped me while I was driving to ask, "Is that Worf?" Then they'd wave and say hello, as he regally grinned and waved his tail. I never did find out how everyone knew him. He'd steal things and lie about it, until I threatened no American Idol. He'd stomp his paws, go get whatever, usually the remote, throw it at me, and stalk off. He understood every single word said,but if the bell rang, he'd just look at me like, "Are you gonna get that?" Six years and people still ask about him. Love yours, enjoy them, and when it's time, be kind, not selfish. They'll still be with you, if you open up and feel. Watch the others: they'll mourn, but eventually you'll be able to tell when the ones who passed are visiting. The surviving dogs always know. And you always remember, whatever religion you are, we live many lives, most with the same souls, and we help choose the lives. That's how our souls learn and grow. So the pets will wait for you, and they will be young and healthy. Yes, you'll miss them. I spent last night crying during a blizzard remembering Worf's first. But I feel him when he's with me, and I know he'll be there with my Shepherd and my Grandma when I walk into the light. Good luck, and be blest.