Alaskan malamute

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Alaskan Malamute

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General Description


(Mal) Alaskan Malamutes are a well-built, strong Arctic breed. Their bodies are large, compact and sturdily built, and well-muscled. They have a broad head with a dignified expression, and their triangular-shaped ears are carried erect. Alaskan Malamutes have a plumed tail that curls over the back in a loop shape. Their almond-shaped eyes are brown in color, and they resemble those of a wolf. The Alaskan Malamute’s lush double coat comes in a variety of colors including white, black and white, wolf gray, wolf sable, or red. Markings, highlights, masks, or dark caps in different colors may exist.

Blue eyes are a disqualification color.

Character


Alaskan Malamutes are a good-natured, energetic breed. They are fun-loving, loyal, dedicated, and affectionate towards their owner(s). They make excellent pets for families with older children. As they become older, Alaskan Malamutes get calmer and more dignified. They are extremely sociable and outgoing, even towards strangers, so they do not make good watchdogs or guard dogs. This breed needs plenty of attention in order to prevent the onset of behavioral difficulties. Although sometimes difficult to train, Alaskan Malamutes are eager to please and can learn good manners with comparative ease. They like to dig and howl, and they will eat whatever is given to them.

Their howl is almost identical to that of a wolf!

Size


22 – 26 inches

male: 25in. Female: 23in.

Weight


70 – 95 pounds

Sometimes, Alaskan Malamute dogs can weigh up to almost 130 pounds depending on how big they are.

General Health


Alaskan Malamutes have few health concerns or genetic problems. Owner should not purchase this breed from a puppy mill, as these dogs are more prone to have a bad temperament or health issues. Like many other large breeds, Alaskan Malamutes are prone to hip dysplasia. They can also be susceptible to bloat. They typically live for 12 to 15 years, and they average 6 puppies per litter.

History


Alaskan Malamutes are a breed of Nordic dog. This means they are descendants of the Arctic wolf. Initially utilized by the Alaskan Eskimos 2000 to 3000 years ago, the Alaskan Malamutes were their predominant source of transportation. The breed hauled supplies and pulled sleds, and they were later used in Admiral Byrd’s pole expeditions. Alaskan Malamutes are known for their endurance and heart, and they have a number of natural abilities like sledding, racing, weight pulling, carting, and searching and rescuing. Over the past few decades, Alaskan Malamutes have proven to be excellent companions.

Some consider them the strongest of the sled dogs.

Maintenance


The Alaskan Malamute’s dense, thick coat should be brushed frequently. They are excessive shedders and their undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year. This breed is clean and odorless, so bathing is not particularly necessary. Alaskan Malamutes need plenty of exercise, but they shouldn’t be too active in warm weather.

Ideal Environment


Alaskan Malamutes are fairly active inside, and they need a large yard to run around and play. This breed likes to dig, so it’s important to have a buried fence that surrounds the backyard. Alaskan Malamutes are used to cold weather conditions, so they should be kept cool with lots of shade and cold water.

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