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Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a large, strong, heavy-boned, solid Arctic dog with a thick, coarse, double coat. It is made of a coarse outer guard coat and a dense, wooly, oily undercoat with a well-furred tail held over the back. This breed is well built, with a solid body, wide head, and a proud expression. They were not built for speed, but for endurance and strength. The head is broad with erect ears and brown, triangular, wide-set eyes. Blue eyes are forbidden when showing this breed. At the shoulders, the powerful chest is about half as deep as the height. The feet have tough pads and are furry. It has erect ears and small, dark, almond shaped eyes. The eyes look like those of a wolf, but with a sweet expression. The coat averages one to three inches in length and comes in white, black & white, wolf gray, wolf sable, or red, often with darker highlights and sometimes with a dark mask or cap. The legs and muzzle are almost always white. White is the only solid color allowed when showing the breed.

Temperament The Alaskan Malamute is clean, quiet and affectionate. They must be taught firmly and at a young age who is the boss. If the Mal becomes bored, it will display its displeasure by howling or digging very large and deep holes. They are very loyal towards their master and are great with older children who take care when playing with them. Malamutes are friendly dogs; therefore they do not make great guard dogs. Mals are quiet when compared to other dogs.
Height, Weight

Male Height: 24-26" ; Weight: 80-95 lbs.
Female Height: 22-24" ; Weight: 70-85 lbs.

Health Problems Alaskan Malamutes are hardy dogs but are prone to hip dysplasia similar to other large breeds. They are also prone to dwarfism and bloating.
Living Conditions Apartment living is not recommended for the Alaskan Malamute. They are very active indoors and do much better with a medium to large yard. It is recommended that you have a fence for this breed that is buried deep as they love to dig. Since they are bred for cold weather, care should be taken during warm months.
Exercise The Alaskan Malamute needs regular exercise to stay in shape, but be careful with this breed during the warm months.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This clean and odorless breed needs brushing twice per week, but is still a heavy shedder. This breed's undercoat sheds heavily twice a year and comes out in clumps.
Origin The Alaskan Malamute was originally used 2000 to 3000 years ago by the Alaskan tribe of Inuit, called the Mahlemuit Eskimos. They developed a breed of dogs for hauling and transportation in harsh weather. The dogs also assisted in hunting. The Alaskan Malamute shares its ancestry with other arctic breeds like Samoyed of Russia, Siberian Husky, Eskimo dogs of Greenland and the Labrador. However, Malamutes were developed for power and stamina instead of speed. Later, the Malamute went with Admiral Byrd's expeditions to the North Pole. They have also been attributed to participating in polar expeditions with Perry and Cook. This breed has amazing tenacity, sense of direction and an excellent sense of smell. They have appeared as unforgettable characters in the stories of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling. Mals are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Northern Breed