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Husky and Malamute: Which Breed is Better for Your Home and Family?

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Huskies and Malamutes are both beautiful and intelligent dogs that belong to the spitz family. They have a lot in common, such as their thick fur, wolf-like appearance, and sled-pulling history. They have a close genetic relationship and evolutionary history. 

However, they also have some significant differences that make them suitable for different types of owners and lifestyles. 

In this blog post, we will compare Huskies and Malamutes on various aspects, such as their size, temperament, grooming, health, and exercise needs. We will also give you some tips on who should consider adopting a Husky or a Malamute in India, and where to find them.

Size Difference Between Husky and Malamute

The infographic compares the physical characteristics of Husky and Malamute dogs, highlighting their differences in body, ears, forehead, and tail. It uses a blue background with white text and pictures of both breeds. It is presented by “vetic”. The infographic shows that Huskies are leaner, have ears high on top, have a striped forehead, and have a fluffy and brush-like tail. Malamutes are stockier, have ears slightly offset, have a peaked forehead, and have a fluffy and curled tail. Both dogs have similar color patterns but different physical builds and features.

One of the most obvious differences between Huskies and Malamutes is their size. Malamutes are much larger and heavier than Huskies, as they were bred to haul heavy loads over long distances. 

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the average height of a male Malamute is 25 inches, and the average weight is 39 kg. The average height of a female Malamute is 23 inches, and the average weight is 34 kg. Alaskan Malamutes are members of the large dog breeds. 

Huskies, on the other hand, were bred for speed and endurance, and are therefore lighter and more agile. The average height of a male Husky is 21.5 inches, and the average weight is 27 kg. The average height of a female Husky is 20 inches, and the average weight is 22 kg.

Grooming Necessities of Husky and Malamute Breeds

Both Huskies and Malamutes have thick, double coats that shed heavily twice a year, during spring and fall. They need regular brushing, at least once a week, to remove loose hair and prevent mats and tangles. They also need occasional bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing. 

However, they should not be shaved or clipped, as their fur protects them from both cold and heat, and helps regulate their body temperature.

Temperament of Huskies and Malamutes

The image shows two dogs lying on a green grassy field. One dog is a black and white Husky with blue eyes, and the other dog is a golden-colored Golden Retriever. The Husky is raising its paw towards the Golden Retriever’s face, as if trying to play with it. There is a watermark “vetic” at the top right corner of the image. Husky and Malamute are both northern breeds that have thick fur, erect ears, and bushy tails. However, they differ in their playfulness and compatibility with other dogs. Huskies are more playful and outgoing than Malamutes, and tend to get along well with other dogs and animals.

Both Huskies and Malamutes are loyal, friendly, and affectionate dogs that love to be around people. They are also very intelligent and independent, which means they can be stubborn and challenging to train. They need a firm and consistent leader who can establish clear rules and boundaries. They also need a lot of mental stimulation and socialisation to prevent boredom and destructive behaviour.

However, there are some differences in their personalities as well. Malamutes are more dominant and territorial than Huskies, and may not get along well with other dogs of the same sex or smaller animals. They are also more protective and alert, and may bark or howl to warn their owners of strangers or intruders. 

Huskies are more playful and outgoing than Malamutes, and tend to get along well with other dogs and animals. They are also more vocal and expressive, and may make a variety of sounds, such as whining, grunting, or wooing.

Health Concerns of Husky and Malamute Breeds

Both Huskies and Malamutes are generally healthy dogs, but they are prone to some genetic and environmental health issues. Some of the common health problems that affect both breeds are hip dysplasia, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and hypothyroidism. 

Malamutes are also susceptible to chondrodysplasia, a condition that causes dwarfism and deformity of the limbs, and hemeralopia, a condition that causes day blindness. Huskies are also vulnerable to zinc deficiency, which can cause skin problems, and laryngeal paralysis, which can cause breathing difficulties.

Exercise Needs for Husky and Malamute

The image shows an Alaskan Malamute standing on a grassy field. The dog has a thick, double coat of fur, displaying shades of black, white, and grey. It has erect ears and a bushy tail that curls over its back. The dog’s eyes are not visible, but you can easily distinguish a Husky and Malamute; the former has blue eyes but a malamute always has brown eyes. The dog appears healthy and well-groomed, with its fur shiny and clean. There is a watermark “vetic” at the bottom right corner of the image.

Both Huskies and Malamutes need a lot of exercise and activity to keep them happy and healthy. They are not suitable for apartment living, and need a large, fenced yard where they can run and play. They also need at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day, such as walking, jogging, hiking, or biking. 

They are also great candidates for dog sports, such as agility, obedience, or sledding. However, they should not be exercised in hot or humid weather, as they can overheat easily. They should also be kept on a leash or in a secure area, as they have a strong prey drive and a tendency to wander .

Diet Considerations for Huskies and Malamutes

Both Huskies and Malamutes need a high-quality, balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and energy levels. They should be fed according to their age, size, activity, and health. They should also have access to fresh water at all times. 

However, there are some differences in their dietary requirements as well. Malamutes tend to have a bigger appetite and a slower metabolism than Huskies, and may be prone to obesity and bloat. They need to be fed smaller, more frequent meals, and monitored for their weight and body condition. 

Huskies tend to have a smaller appetite and a faster metabolism than Malamutes, and may be prone to zinc deficiency and food allergies. They need to be fed a diet that is rich in protein and zinc, and avoid foods that contain grains, soy, or corn .

Who should consider adopting a Husky or a Malamute in India?

Huskies and Malamutes are becoming popular in India, as they are not well-adapted to the hot and humid climate. They also have high maintenance and care needs, and may not be suitable for first-time or inexperienced owners. 

However, if you are someone who can provide them with a cool and comfortable environment, a spacious and secure living space, a lot of exercise and activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and a lot of love and attention, then you may consider adopting a Husky or a Malamute in India. 

You should also be prepared to deal with their shedding, grooming, training, and health issues, and be committed to their lifelong welfare and happiness.

If you are interested in adopting a Husky or a Malamute in India, you can look for them in various adoption centres and shelter homes, where you can find many dogs that are looking for a loving home. 

Conclusion

Huskies and Malamutes are both amazing dogs that have a lot to offer to their owners and families. They are loyal, friendly, and affectionate, and can be great companions and partners. However, they are also very different from each other, and have different needs and preferences. They are not for everyone, and require a lot of care and attention. Therefore, you should carefully consider your lifestyle, expectations, and resources, before you choose to adopt a Husky or a Malamute in India. If you do, you will be rewarded with a wonderful and unique relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Please note: Always adopt from ethical breeders or consider adopting from a shelter. There are many wonderful dogs of all breeds waiting for a loving home.

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