Ad ID: 138
Added: May 27, 2017
Sale Price: $999
Location: United Kingdom
When you think of dogs pulling sleds in the Arctic, what breed comes to mind? Is it the Siberian Husky (Siberian) or the Alaskan Malamute (Mal)? Maybe you didn’t realize that, for all their similarities, these are two distinct breeds. Granted, they both originated in Arctic areas, both have thick double coats, and they both pull sleds.
According to Lenore Demmin, president of the Siberian Husky Club of America, they both even curl their thick tails over their noses when they lay down in the cold, to warm the air they’re breathing. But in fact, these two breeds have different origins, physical traits, and temperaments.
“The average person is confused about which is which,” says Demmin, who has been involved with Siberians for almost 35 years. “When they see Siberians, they are frequently surprised at how ‘small’ they are. They are amazed that they are strong enough to pull a person on a sled.”
Gena Box Young, current judges education chair for the Alaskan Malamute Club of America, agrees that those not in the know easily confuse the two breeds, and occasionally mistake them for their wild ancestors.
“Sometimes the general public even calls these breeds wolves,”
Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Height: Female: 56–61 cm, Male: 61–66 cm
Colors: Seal & White, Sable & White, Black & White, White & Chocolate, Gray & White, Red & White
Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted, Dignified, Loyal, Playful, Friendly
Weight: Female: 32–38 kg, Male: 36–43 kg