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Old 01-02-2005, 07:14 AM
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Default Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute?

I have a very strange encounter today. I bumped into a lady with a very beautiful female husky, with ice blue eyes. Sadly Codi was not with me, so I coult not compare.

Anyway, my point is that this husky is 1.5 years old and about half the size of Codi, when i questioned this lady as to why her husky is so small and mine is so big, she said that the bigger dog that looks like huskys are the alaskan malamute, and she suggested that that is what Codi is. I find this rather disturbing, I love Codi very much, and his breed is not really my worry, there is nothing in the world that anyone could say or do to make me not love Codi but what upsets me is the so called breeders that I bought him and his brother from, the same people who thought Buddy's seizures were due to being injected in the muscle, have now lied on more than one ocassion to us. I feel like writing them a really nasty letter telling them exactlly what i think of them and their so called "breeding"

So, after seeing many pictures of Codi, can anyone advise if Codi is a Siberian Husky or an Alaskan Malamute? I would at least like to know what breed my boy is.
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Old 01-02-2005, 12:08 PM
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Truthfully and sadly, Iky, the breeders you got your boys from need to be out of business - especially if they are still using either of the parents of Buddy and Codi in their breeding program and have not had the pups in those lines spayed and neutered.

If you'll go to www.molosserdogs.com, there are good breed descriptions, but what may help you more is that there are photo albums of Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies that have sub-albums with various photos of dogs taken by the owners. It will give let you look at different dogs instead of just a few selected poses of an "ideal" show dog so you can get a better idea.

The size is a definite difference, but with careless breeders you can't count on it since they will disregard proper size and conformation.

Whatever he is, Codi as a handsome creature, as was Buddy, and I know it doesn't matter to you if he's a Husky or a Polka-Dotted Hairball Hound.
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Old 01-02-2005, 02:39 PM
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I agree with you 100% Renee750il, those people shouldnt even be allowed to own a pet, let alone breed with them.

I read that alaskan malamutes dont have blue eyes, and i know for a fact that Codi's sister, from the same little, has blue eyes, so its impossible that Codi is a malamute but his sister is a sib? Its all very confusing, the more and more i look at info on malamutes the more Codi's characteristics come out as a malamute instead of a sib.

Is there a spesific list of characateristics that seperate the two, because the husky and the malamute all look very much the same. One thing the breeders did tell us is that a pure bred Siberian Husky has a triangle at the tip of the tale. Is this true? i know Codi has a white triangle and Buddy had a black triangle, and their mother has a white triangle, as do their sister. They also said that their tails curl, but i see that in both the Sib and the malamute?
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:11 PM
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Here are links to the AKC standards for both breeds.

http://www.akc.org/breeds/siberian_husky/index.cfm

http://www.akc.org/breeds/alaskan_malamute/index.cfm
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:53 PM
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Alaskan Malamute
Height-Dogs 24-26 inches
Weight-Dogs 80-95 pounds

Siberian Husky
Height-Dogs 21-23 inches
Weight-Dogs 45-60 pounds

you could just have a big husky!?
You should definetly write them a nasty letter.
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:05 PM
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Iky, those are some good, specific questions. Both the Malamutes and the Huskies have the curly tails; I think the Husky tails are supposed to be a little tighter curled, but I'm really not sure.

I'm fairly certain the Malamutes can also have blue eyes.

I'm really not any kind of expert on the sledding dogs, but between all of us here, maybe we can find some kind of websites that will give a definitive list of differences to look for so you can have a good basis to compare by.

I am certain that you can't rely on anything those people told you. About anything!
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:24 PM
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The other possibility is that he is not a pure bred but maybe a cross. Alot of unethical breeders do this to get larger dogs of all sorts of breeds. And because alaskan malamutes and husky's look so much alike they are one of the breeds that it happens to alot. Not saying this is the case here. Just giving a little info to help.
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Old 01-10-2005, 12:21 AM
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I've seen some huge huskys! I've been told mine is small but she is very stocky! Her are her dogster pics. http://www.dogster.com/?23131
I know there are supposed to be differences in the ears and build of the face. I think the huskys are more, not dainty, I can't think of a good word, and the malamutes have more of a stocky head. If the breeder you got them from was questionable they may just be breeding to big huskys. I think if it was a malamute don't they usually sell for more than huskys? So they probally would have sold it as that instead of a husky.
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