If you want to disturb the owner of the Alaskan Malamute while keeping a dog, just ask him: "Is this a Husky?" - He will go crazy. Never - or rarely would someone ask the owner of Husky, is that an Alaskan Malamute. Of course, Husky is more famous than Malamute. Malamute owners claim that theirs dogs are far more intelligent than their vowel friends, of course the owners of Husky say that this is not true - one is four sure the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky are very fond of people. Some are more famous, some a little less, but both breeds are very good and quality dogs.
There are many differences. Malamutes are far larger, and more massive in every way.
Both, the Malamute and Siberian Husky were used for their skills when it came to transporting people and goods across the rugged rough terrain and also their ability to withstand physically harsh conditions such as ice, snow, sleet and frigid temperatures. The Malamute was named by the tribe which raised these dogs, called Mahlemut. Husky originate comes from Siberia. This breed was developed by Chukchi, a people related to Eskimos.
The Malamute has brown eyes and a broad head with the ears set wide apart. His bushy tail is carried over his back, and the Malamute is heavier than a Husky. This is an intelligent, confident and stubborn breed. They can have brown eyes, one brown and one blue, both blue. The head is smaller and not as broad as the Malamute, and their eyes and ears are set closer together. When on alert, the bushy tail is carried in a sickle shape that drops lower when the dog is relaxed.
While they look superficially similar in color, ear shape, etc, they are very, very different animals!
Other diffrences between them you can see in the table below: