The Alaskan Malamute is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for use as an Alaskan sled dog. They are usually big in size. They are sometimes mistaken for a Siberian Husky, but in fact is quite different in many ways.
"Both breeds have similarities in coat colors and patterns. Both breeds were used for similar activities. The Alaskan Malamute being strong and powerful, was used to transport heavy loads for long distances. The Siberian Husky, being a more of a medium size, was used for pulling lighter loads a shorter distance at a moderate pace." http://www.amrescueohio.com/MalvsHusky.html