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Description:

The Alaskan Malamute is a large, strong dog, originating from North America (Alaska), descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name originated from Mahlemuts, an Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for these dogs. Originally used 3000 years ago by these Mahlemuit Eskimos of Alaska, they pulled light travelling sleds and also heavy loads.The Malamute is a sled dog and has participated in many polar expeditions. It has a thick, coarse outer coat and a greasy and woolly undercoat with a plumed tail held over the back.

 

Size:

Dogs Height: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm.)

Weight 80-95pounds (36-43 kg.)

Bitches Height 22-24 inches (56-61 cm.)  

Weight 70-85 pounds (32-38 kg.)

 

Coat:

The Alaskan Malamute has a dense coat which should be brushed twice a week. This breed sheds very heavily with the undercoat coming out in clumps twice a year. Bathing is not necessary as the coat sheds dirt naturally. An occasional dry shampoo should suffice. The coat averages one to three inches in length and comes in white, black & white, wolf gray, wolf sable (red undercoat with dark gray outer coat), or red, often with darker highlights and sometimes with a dark mask or cap. The legs and muzzle are almost always white.

 

Ease of Training:

Even though this dog has a friendly nature, it still requires firm training ideally from a handler who has plenty of confidence.

 

Temperament:

The Alaskan Malamute is loyal, intelligent, sweet and affectionate and is great with older children. As they are friendly with everyone, they are not normally used as guard dogs. If the dogs do not receive enough attention they may become bored and destructive. Malamutes love outdoor activities and can perform well in obedience tasks with the correct training. Quiet  in comparison to most dogs, Malamutes will howl. Malamutes have a strong prey instinct and should be supervised around unfamiliar small animals. Firm handling and training are necessary. Proper socialization with people and other dogs is important. Obedience training is highly recommended.

 

Exercise:

Malamutes need a significant amount of exercise, ideally at least an hour a day of hard exercise.

 

Health Problems:

 

The Alaskan Malamute is generally a very hardy breed. They are prone to hip dysplasia, but no more than any other large breed and less then many others. Some are prone to chondrodysplasia, which is dwarfism. Some clubs require OFA, CERF, and CHD (dwarfism test) certification of both parents. Prone to bloat.

 

Life Expectancy:

About 12-15 years.

 

 

 

 

 

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