The Alaskan Husky is not a specific breed like the Siberian Husky or the Alaskan Malamute. Since the people who bred these dogs were more interested in the work the dogs could do more than their appearance, they tend to have different looks.
Alaskan Huskies are not a breed that’s recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) because they differ in appearance. However, they do have a few things in common. They have brown eyes, and have a short to medium coat with an undercoat. They also have long legs adapted to the task of running for long distances, are deep in the chest, have pointy ears, and their tails curve over their back. They weigh from 35 to 50 pounds but vary in height.
Although the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute are good runners, the Alaskan Husky can outrun both any day, anywhere. The Alaskan Husky is the fastest of the three.
In summary, I came to conclude the three dogs belong to one category: they were bred to pull sleds. But they have slight differences.
The Malamute is the largest of the three. If you see a sled dog that is massive, that’s most likely a Malamute. Another distinguishing feature of the Malamute is the wide set ears and long coat.
The Husky comes with different eye colors (brown, blue, green) and is slightly smaller than the malamute. In addition, the ears and eyes are not wide set and the coat is medium to short.
The Alaskan Husky is any dog that falls in the sled dogs of the north category but does not have the distinguishing features of either the Malamute or the Siberian Husky. They also tend to have long legs and pointy ears as some of their distinguishing features.
PS: The dog we were arguing about is a Siberian Husky.