The word “husky” is supposedly Chukchi term to describe a “sled pulling dog.”
Huskies are not guard dogs. They will, however, methodically chase squirrels, cats, and other small animals, as their prey drive is usuall in hypermode.
1870–75; by ellipsis from husky dog, husky breed; compare Newfoundland and Labrador dial. Husky a Labrador Inuit, earlier Huskemaw, Uskemaw, ultimately < the same Algonquian source as Eskimo
“husky.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 30 Sep. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/husky>.
The Malamute is native to Alaska, and named for the Mahlemuts, the Inuit tribe that developed the breed, according to NorSled.
Malamutes are the largest of the sled dogs, with an average male weighing 85 pounds! Like huskies, malamutes are not great guard dogs, as they are typically friendly towards strangers.