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Country of Origin, History of Alaskan Malamutes
From Nordic dogs and the Arctic wolf, the Alaskan Malamute got its name from the Mahlemuts Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for them. The Mahlemuit Eskimos used them as their only form of transportation. They pulled light traveling sleds and hauled heavy loads of food and supplies.
The Malamute went with Admiral
Byrd’s expeditions to the pole. They
are known for their endurance and strength.
Many packs of Malamutes have pulled sleds
for polar expeditions because they have tenacity,
sense of direction, and an excellent sense
Alaskan Malamutes have been used for sledding, carting, search and rescue, weight pulling and racing although they are not speed dogs.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
Alaskan Malamute is a heavily boned, powerful dog with a heavy medium short coat and a plumed tail that curls up over his back. His head is broad with triangular, erect ears. The Malamute has distinctive facial markings that include a cap over the head. The face can either be all white or marked with a bar or mask. He appears proud, well built, strong, and steady. His alert expression also indicates the boundless energy he possesses. The feet are furry and have very tough pads. Brown eyes give him the look of a sweet wolf. The AKC does not accept blue eyes.
The Malamute coat colors range from white, black and white, wolf gray, wolf sable (red undercoat with dark gray outer coat), or red – with darker highlights. The only solid color allowed is all white. White is always the predominant color on underbody, parts of legs, feet, and part of face markings. The Malamute has distinctive facial markings that include a cap over the head. The face can either be all white or marked with a bar or mask.
The coat is one to three inches in length. It is very dense. It is shed profusely throughout the year with twice a year full shedding of the coat. The Malamute is clean and odorless.
Male: 24-26 inches
Female: 22-24 inches
Male: 80-95 lbs
Female: 70-85 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
The energetic Alaskan Malamute youngster is always ready to play. Friendly and affectionate, they are good with older children.
Adult Malamutes are quieter and more dignified; however, they remain active indoors and outdoors. Males are very dominant.
Malamutes need plenty of attention and early, firm training to keep them from becoming destructive when they need to be left alone.
The Alaskan Malamute does not need as much food as you might think; however, he will gulp everything he is given. Therefore, he is prone to bloat and obesity. Knowing this should help the owner to be careful to feed a couple of small meals a day.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
The Alaskan Malamute loves to be outdoors, especially in cool weather. In hot weather he needs to be in the air conditioning. He loves a large yard and is not suited to apartment living. Make sure the fencing is tall and the base of it is buried. If in an appropriate climate, he is happy to live outdoors as long as he gets plenty of “people time” with his human pack members. Companionship and pack time are important to them.
Outdoor games and activities that you and your Malamute can do together will make him happy.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Malamutes can live with older children who learn to handle and play with them appropriately.
Malamutes may be slow with housebreaking because they are primarily an outdoor dog. Socialization needs to start early. If you want your Malamute to get along with cats or other small animals, introduce them when he is a puppy. It is not hard to teach Malamutes to be well-mannered since they love to please.
Formal obedience training is important for this breed, but they may be difficult and need a firm hand. They can be stubborn.
How Active is the Breed?
Alaskan Malamutes are a fairly active breed. They love to play. They desire a long walk each day at the very least, but cannot do much in hot weather. Make sure they have shade and cool water to drink if the weather is warm. They love cool and cold weather.
How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
The Alaskan Malamute is not recommended for apartment living. They love to play both indoors and outdoors.
A tall fence with the base buried and secured is necessary for the Malamute.
The Alaskan Malamute will require twice a week brushing. He is a massively heavy shedder. Twice a year he will need a shedding blade several times.
Alaskan Malamute is prone to obesity and bloat. Feed a couple of small meals a day. They do not need as much food as you would expect.
They are prone to hip dysplasia, but no more than any other large breed and less than many others. Some are prone to chondrodysplasia, which is dwarfism. Some clubs require OFA, CERF, and CHD (dwarfism test) certification of both parents.
Litters average 6 puppies.
Alaskan Malamutes live 12-15 years.
National Breed Clubs
British – The Alaskan Malamute Club of the UK – www.alaskanmalamute.org.uk
US – Alaskan Malamute Club of America - www.alaskanmalamute.org
Other Recognition – classifications - FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, NKC, NZKC, CKC, APRI, ACR
Group: Working Dog Group.
AKC Popularity Ranking: 57
Also Known As: Malamute
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