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Native to the northern regions of the Western
hemisphere, this member of the Spitz family was
originally bred by a tribe of Inuits, the Mahlemuts.
The Malamutes were all-purpose dogs and performed
tasks such as hauling sleds in winter, carrying
packs of freight in summer, guarding herds of
cariboo and hunting polar bear, moose or wolves.
In camp, the dogs were loyal family pets that
watched over and kept children warm during long
winter nights. Ideally suited to ice and cold
weather, this breed has also adapted well to more
temperate climates. Malamutes need plenty of space
and daily exercise.
The height for Alaskan Malamutes is 25" (63.5cm)
for dogs, 23" (58.4cm) for bitches.
The weight for Alaskan Malamutes is 85 lbs (37.9
kg) for dogs, 75 lbs (33.5 kg) for bitches.
Alaskan Malamutes have a double-coat consisting
of a thick, coarse, short to medium-length guard
coat and a woolly, dense undercoat. Colors range
from wolf-gray to black with white on the feet
and legs, underbelly and face. Grooming the Alaskan
Malamute is needed on a regular basis; be prepared
for plenty of fur during shedding season.
The Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate,
loving and loyal family dog, not suited to guard
work. Confident and strong-willed, they tend to
be very dominant and require early obedience training.
Alaskan Malamutes are energetic, playful and friendly,
but, as with all large breeds, require supervision
at play with small kids.
The Alaskan Malamute is prone to hip dysplasia,
eye cataracts; as well, epilepsy is highly suspected
to have a genetic component in this breed.
Try sledding, backpacking or weight-pulling with
your Alaskan Malamute.
AKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
KC: Non-Sporting - Working Group
FCI: Group 5
ANKC: Group 6 - Utility