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Alaskan Malamute vs. Siberian

Alaskan Malamute is one of the largest domestic dog breeds often mixed up and confused with similar-looking Siberian Husky but both of them are totally different breeds with a quite familiar appearance. Alaskan Malamute is the largest breed. The Alaskan Malamute male can grow up to 25 inches with a dense double skin coat. Siberian, on the other hand, is a medium-sized hard-working breed that is quite famous in Siberia and the rest of the northern region. The Siberian male is usually 21 inches in height. They prefer to live in packs and often require a leader of the pack who could be the owner of the pack as well

Key Differences

Malamute has curly rolling up tails whereas Siberian have straight rolled down the tail.
Malamute is the largest. Siberian Huskies are hyper and aggressive.
Malamute only has brown eyes whereas the Siberians possess a variety of different eyes like blue and brown etc.
Alaskan Malamute is one of the largest domestic dog breeds. Siberians are medium-sized as compared to the large size of Malamutes and Alaskan Huskies.

Comparison Chart


Largest in size. Height ranges from 23 to 25 inches on average.
Medium-sized. Height ranges from 20 to 23 inches on average.


Malamute is calm and laid back.
Siberian Husky are hyper and aggressive.

Eye Color

Malamute has brown eyes. No blues eyes found ever.
Siberian Huskies have different eye colors like blue, brown, etc.


Malamute possesses a rolling trail that curls back over like a snail.
Siberian Husky has a hanging tail towards the downside.
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Due to heavyweight and height, they are not that fast but still fast enough.
Siberian Husky is faster as compared to Malamute due to less weight.
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Possess a long and thick double coat.
Possess a medium double coat.

Life Span

10 to 12 years on average
12 to 15 years on average
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Not much intelligent but possess fair enough common sense.
Siberian Husky are very much intelligent and possess amazing instinct feelings.


Malamute is not that social especially when it comes to same-sex members.
Siberian Husky are extroverts and are quite friendly with other dogs both males and females.
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The average weight is between 75 to 85 pounds.
The average weight is between 35 to 62 pounds.
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Alaskan Malamute is the strongest of the three.
Siberian Husky is strong but less than Alaskan Malamute and Alaskan Husky both.
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Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Definitions


Of or pertaining to Siberia, a region comprising all northern Asia and belonging to Russia; as, a Siberian winter.


A native or inhabitant of Siberia


Of or relating to or characteristic of Siberia or the Siberians;
Siberian natural resources
Siberian coal miners
The Siberian tundra

What is Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamute is one of the most famous and largest domestic dog breeds in the northern arctic region. Alaskan Malamute was discovered about 12,000 years ago in America. They possess thick long double coat skin with black white and red white combination.

The average age of an Alaskan Malamute is in between 10 to 12 years. The male Malamute can grow up to 25 inches in height and could weigh between 75 to 85 pounds on average. Malamute is not that social in nature and avoids meetups with other dogs, especially of the same gender. They possess brown eyes only.

What is Siberian?

Siberian or Siberian Husky is yet another famous medium-sized dog breed popular in the arctic northern region. The maximum height of a Siberian is 23 inches as they are medium-sized breeds. They possess blue, brown, and a variety of different eye colors in a mixture.

The average age of a Siberian is in between 10 to 15 years. Unlike Malamutes and Alaskan Huskies, Siberians are quite aggressive in nature and can even turn extremely hyper at times.

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