Alaskan Malamute

As the name implies, the Alaskan Malamute originates in Alaska. The sled dog is a descendent of the Arctic wolf. An Alaskan tribe, called the Mahlemuts, was the first group to raise this breed of dog. The breed can be traced back about 3000 years, when they were used as a form of transportation, pulling sleds across the snow. The Alaskan Malamute was used not only for transportation, but to haul goods and supplies from shop to home. The breed has amazing tenacity, a fabulous sense of direction, and is incredibly loyal. The Alaskan Malamute is related to the American Eskimo dog, the Siberian husky, and the Samoyed. The breed is still utilized in Alaska today, but it has gained popularity in other parts of the world thanks, in part, to its striking good looks. You can find Malamutes participating in dog sports like carting, sledding, racing, weight pulling, and aiding in search and rescue.

The Alaskan Malamute has a wolf-like appearance, with a powerful build and heavy bones that enable it to carry and pull heavy loads. Alaskan Malamutes have thick double coats protecting them from the cold. The oater coat is think and coarse, while the undercoat is dense and wooly. This breed should be groomed regularly because they are heavy shedders. Personality: Because of its wolf-like appearance, many people assume the Alaskan Malamute to be a good guard dog. But the Alaskan Malamute is more of a gentle giant. This breed is very affectionate, friendly and sociable. They are very good with children and friendly towards other pets. Alaskan Malamutes need vigorous daily exercise in the form of runs or long walks, otherwise they can become frustrated and difficult.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Family
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Mal, Mally, Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Cold

The Alaskan Malamute has a wolf-like appearance, with a powerful build and heavy bones that enable it to carry and pull heavy loads. Alaskan Malamutes have thick double coats protecting them from the cold. The oater coat is think and coarse, while the undercoat is dense and wooly. This breed should be groomed regularly because they are heavy shedders.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Because of its wolf-like appearance, many people assume the Alaskan Malamute to be a good guard dog. But the Alaskan Malamute is more of a gentle giant. This breed is very affectionate, friendly and sociable. They are very good with children and friendly towards other pets. Alaskan Malamutes need vigorous daily exercise in the form of runs or long walks, otherwise they can become frustrated and difficult.

Appearance

Colors
Black Gray Red Sable
Shedding
Constant
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

The Alaskan Malamute does not need professional grooming as a rule. Some owners, especially those in hot climates, choose to have their dogs during the summer. The thick double coat needs to be brushed regularly to cut down on shedding. People who are opposed to having clumps of dog hair tumbling through their home should not have an Alaskan Malamute.

The breed has a dense undercoat that drops in clumps twice each year.

Like any dog, this breed needs regular attention to its ears, toenails and teeth. Begin cleaning your puppy’s ears and teeth early to get it used to the process. Nails should be kept short at all times.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
No
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • When socialized early, the breed can get along well with other animals
  • The malamute is loyal to its family and gentle with children
  • Due to its need for exercise and movement, the breed is not suitable for apartments

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Common Health Conditions in Alaskan Malamutes

The breed is not prone to many health issues. Like any large breed of dog, Alaskan Malamutes are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and joint problems. Because of their thick coats, they can easily overheat in hot weather. Special care should be taken to keep your dog cool during warm months. Large and giant breeds of dog are prone to bloat, and the Alaskan Malamute is no exception. Bloat is a life-threatening issue that occurs when the stomach fills with air and twists over on itself. Do not feed your malamute large meals, do not let it exercise directly after eating, and do not let it gulp large amounts of water.

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